Shoveling snow is for the young and strong of back. Today's youth, unfortunately, are not skilled or motivated in the fine art of shoveling the white stuff. Gone are the days when neighborhood boys (or girls) would knock on doors around their block with offers to clear the sidewalk or driveway for a few dollars. That leaves us with the following options:
1. Buy a condo where the snow shoveling is included in the HOA dues
2. Contract with a local provider that has the equipment to make short work of the project for a
3. Wait until Spring and let April and May take care of it.
4. Do it yourself and take your chances on having a heart attack. (Statistics show shoveling snow
causes a high number of deaths each year)
Here are some tips on what not to do with the snow that lands on your car, sidewalk or driveway:
1. Do not pack it down by driving over it multiple times. This will eventually turn into an icy hazard that will most likely result in a trip to the ER for an injury related to a fall.
2. Do not attempt to eliminate the snow by washing it off with a garden hose. (This actually has
been tried with horrible results as the water will end up making your car, your driveway, and everything you sprayed into a giant ice-cube)
3. Try not to allow any traffic over the fresh snow until it has been cleared. Waiting until someone has driven over it will just make it harder to scrape off.
4. If you spend the winters away from your home, do not ignore snow removal. A home that hasn't had the driveway cleared after a snowfall is an advertisement to criminals that no one is home. Make sure you arrange to have snow cleared from driveways and sidewalks even when you are away.