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Home selling clearing snow before showing a home

Clearing Snow Before Showing a Home

Even though we live in an era of wildly unpredictable weather, there are certain things that nevertheless tend to happen during certain periods of the year. In winter, this means snow. Possibly a lot, possibly not, and possibly 15 inches followed by a day of 60-degree weather that melts everything once again. However, the tendency for the winter months to dip back down below zero during the night regardless of the daytime temps, and the definite likelihood of wintry conditions such as snow but also ice and sleet makes this a season of climatic hazards.

Selling a home in conditions like this carries with it some additional concerns beyond the normal cleaning and staging that homeowners selling their homes during the spring, summer, and fall months experience. Over the next few days we are going to look at some of these concerns as well as outline important steps to take to ensure that those potential buyers coming to your door are not deterred by the conditions of the season.


The most obvious of winter’s contributions is also one of the easiest to deal with. Snow, with its tendency to congregate into large piles and harass innocent drivers, can make driveways, sidewalks, and stoops difficult to navigate, but in most cases one can handle this without too much difficulty.

Before an open house, be sure to shovel and clear all the areas likely to receive foot traffic. This includes sidewalks in front of the home as well as the walk leading up to your front door and the driveway. Do you have a backyard with a patio or a path? Shovel this clear as well. You want your home and property to be maximally accessible during showings, so keep this in mind when you don your gloves and jacket and grab the shovel from the garage.

Driveways can definitely present a challenge, especially if they are long or exceptionally wide. Fortunately, snowblowers make what was once a pain in the back (literally) a breeze. If you have a driveway whose size makes shoveling a non-option, consider investing in a snowblower. If this seems too much, you can always ask a friend or a neighbor to come and help you (perhaps even borrowing their snowblower in the bargain!).

Important above all is that the paths leading to your home – including sidewalks – are clear and easily traversed. While it might not be enough to deter most home buyers, forcing people to troop through a foot of snow before reaching your house will definitely not make a good first impression.

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