Things to Remember When Removing Snow


 Things to Remember When Removing Snow Around Your Cook County Home


1We’re knee-deep in winter now, and can find ourselves knee-deep in snow at any given time. When the snow does arrive, it’s important to keep safety in mind, and clear driveways, sidewalks and walk-ways. This is especially so if you are selling your property, the last thing you want is to put potential buyers at risk of falling. Keeping your paths and entries clear of snow and ice also helps keep your curb appeal sending the right message during the winter; we may get a lot of snow here, but it need not stop us from taking care of our homes.

There are different snow and ice removal programs at work on public streets and areas throughout Cook County. Not only does the Illinois Dept. of Transportation take care of many of our roads when snow and ice accumulate, Rolling Meadows also has its own Snow Removal Program. But keep in mind, homeowners are responsible for clearing their own property.  This can be a daunting task, but with a bit of planning it can be managed.

Depending on the size of your property you may prefer to use a snow blower as opposed to a snow shovel. Both have advantages. Snow shovels help you direct where the snow goes specifically. This is important along sidewalks and driveways, as when snow plows come through, too much snow accumulated to the left of your driveway could see it back in the drive after a plow goes by.

2Snow blowers are great for longer driveways and larger properties, as they make the work overall an easier task. Keeping a snow blower on hand does involve a bit more prep work and maintenance. Since snow can accumulate at any time during the winter months, it’s ideal to keep a supply of gas to fuel your blower, and be sure to thoroughly clean and dry your machine between uses.

While public snow removal programs focus first on major roadways and transportation arteries, they also make their way through neighborhoods too. Safety protocols call for keeping shoveled snow out of roads, the best place to pile it up is in your yard. Also, before snow plows come down your street, do what you can to dig out your car and move it should it have been parked on the street when the snow fell.

There are also private companies which help homeowners remove snow and ice, a big plus for hectic lives, and a good option to consider if you have your property listed. When you’re ready to sell or buy a home in Cook County, working with an experienced Realtor® who understands the community can help ensure you get the service you deserve. My team and I are ready to put our expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website,, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533- 6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.