The season of snow brings with it a number of challenges for homeowners. Most notably, the task of having to remove snow from your property quite often to prevent accidents, allow for traffic, and even avoid fines in certain regions. It’s necessary, but it sure can be exhausting.
Which is why today we’re highlighting the benefits of snow removal in general, as well as hiring a snow removal service. You can always do it yourself with the right gear, but it’s hard work – even more so depending on which region you live in and if you’re in good shape for doing it.
With that, let’s get into the benefits of snow removal for your home!
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." – Michelangelo
It’s a matter of safety
For obvious reasons, excess snow can cause a series of accidents. Slipping and falling is the most common scenario, but there are other more serious problems. Emergencies happen all the time at home, and for that reason you can’t leave your car blocked in by snow, or leave your walkway inaccessible.
You may need to run by the pharmacy, take your kid to the emergency room due to a bad stomachache, or even run to the grocery store cause your relatives are on their way or you ran out of shampoo 30 mins before an important meeting. It’s better to always have a clear driveway so you’re never stuck home during an emergency.
Also, I can’t fail to mention that due to the heavy lifting necessary during snow removal, it’s not recommended if you have any sort of recurrent physical problems, such as back pains, hernias, or cramps. Removing snow by yourself can not only cause these issues to happen, but also aggravate them.
Besides, if you’re dealing with heavy equipment when one of these happens, it could lead to a more serious accident.
This is where a snow removal service comes in. Get all the work done without having to risk hurting yourself and in a timely manner – much faster and safer for you and your home.
Save your curb appeal
There is also a practical side to snow removal: it protects your home from water damage caused by the excess snow. Freezing temperatures cause solids to contract, but as the snow melts they expand back to their natural state and that can lead to cracks. Walkways, driveways, even your lawn and adjacent structures can be victims of this.
Not to mention, your plants – even if properly protected – can also suffer.
With that, you can understand why it’s so important to remove snow as often as necessary!
However, there’s also the visual side – snow will quite literally bury your curb appeal. The colors, the patio, everything will remain out of sight until the snow is removed. It’s always a good incentive to see your home in all its splendor, even during the heaviest of snow seasons.
Equipment can help
You don’t necessarily have to shovel the entire thing – there are a number of useful pieces of equipment that can help you on snow removal. These will greatly reduce the amount of labour involved, giving you a much easier time.
The downside is that this equipment will most likely need to be bought. Renting is an option, but due to how often you need to use them during snow season, it might not be worth it – purchasing it outright is the best option.
If that sounds hefty, once again, hiring a snow removal service can be a great compromise. You save yourself the effort and there’s no need to buy the equipment yourself, since pros will always bring their own.
Finally, many local communities in America will fine you for not removing snow. Naturally this has nothing to do with the visuals – excess snow is not only disruptive to you, but to your entire neighborhood. It can get in the way of vehicles and cause accidents to others, not just the people living in your home, which is why this is taken seriously to the point of punishing those who fail to act on it.
The conditions for the fine might change depending on where you live, but obviously we want to avoid this. If you’re shoveling snow by yourself, try to set up a routine depending on your local regulations and your own schedule. If you’re finding yourself short in time or unable to do it for whatever reason, hire a snow removal service and avoid getting a fine!
In short: a snow removal service is just far more convenient. Many homeowners agree that this saves you time, effort, and even money in the long run since you won't have to buy equipment and avoid fines in one fell swoop.
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