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Ice Management

Winter can be a difficult time to try and sell a home. The (usually) colder temperatures, the tough road conditions, and the general tendency for people in wintery climates to curl up in blankets and sleep as much as possible make it so that there are often fewer people willing to leave the warmth of their houses and move somewhere else. That being said, there are still many people who are, for one reason or another, definitely still looking to buy a home during the winter months. Because of this, there are also people looking to sell homes during the winter months. If you are one of them, then today’s post is for you! We are continuing with a theme we recently started, looking at ways to ensure that your home is appealing and easy to reach during the harsher months.

On our last post, we discussed preparing for an open house or home showing by clearing away all the snow from the paths, sidewalks, and driveways leading to the home. Today, we are going to look into ways of dealing with another wintry condition that is known for being far less gentle and forgiving: ice.


Dangerous, often hard to see, and certainly not fun to fall on, ice is one of the most aggressive aspects of winter and something you must consider as you prepare your home for showing during the winter months.

Ice differs from snow in many regards, but one of the most prevalent is how the fluctuations in temperature will cause it to appear, disappear, and then reappear all within the same day. This means a continual vigilance when it comes to ensuring that your paths are safely clear of ice. The most common ways of dealing with ice are by either salting or scattering sand over the walkways. These two materials work in slightly different ways with slightly different positive and negative benefits.


  • Positives: melts ice, creates a gritty texture to prevent slipping, doesn’t change the appearance of the ground (i.e., looks “clean”).
  • Negatives: melted ice turns into water which will turn back into ice if it doesn’t evaporate quickly enough. Burns pads on dog’s feet and can cause significant damage to floors if it comes in on shoes.


  • Positives: doesn’t harm neighborhood pets, scatters easily and is highly visible (no one wondering whether or not it is there at all), doesn’t result in re-freezing, creates great gripping conditions to prevent slipping.
  • Negatives: extremely messy when brought in on shoes, isn’t as aggressive as salt in its de-icing capabilities, will need to be reapplied over time.

As with snow, the primary areas to focus on when it comes to ice management are those which will receive foot traffic. Sidewalks, stairs leading to the house, and driveways are all prime ice locations and will need to be cleared of the slippery surface before people can safely arrive to examine the home.

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