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SNOW REMOVAL

Stay home and let Lamacchia Property Management handle the snow removal

Maintaining the safety and contentment of tenants in your investment properties is of utmost importance, especially during the harsh winter season. With the unpredictable nature of New England winters, the foremost worry for many landlords is dealing with snow and rightfully so as landlords are legally required to use reasonable care to ensure their premises are clear of snow and ice. 

Maintaining the safety and contentment of tenants in your investment properties is of utmost importance, especially during the harsh winter season.
With the unpredictable nature of New England winters, the foremost worry for many landlords is dealing with snow and rightfully so as landlords are legally required to use reasonable care to ensure their premises are clear of snow and ice. 

Lamacchia Property Management uses a 3rd party snow removal contractor to remove snow and ice for our clients. At the beginning of the winter season we will reach out to all our owners to confirm if they want to opt in to snow removal services or landscaping (or if they handle it themselves). Then we will obtain 1 or 2 quotes from landscapers or plow companies to price out what it will cost. As a company we do provide (at cost of owner) a bucket of salt to all properties at beginning of snow season, so tenants have access to salt walkways if there is ice. This reduces the liability for owners regardless of if we are handling snow removal or not. Depending on the contractor, some companies offer a package of landscaping and snow removal at a yearly price paid monthly. Typical billing is per inch and/or up to certain amount. They charge for salt application as well.

LPM snow removal agreement example
Example of a snow removal agreement

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Liability Issues: In Massachusetts, standard homeowner’s insurance policies usually cover injuries resulting from slips and falls on snow and ice on your property. It’s essential for landlords and homeowners to examine their insurance policies to confirm they are adequately protected against such incidents. In the event of an injury, conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause and collect important details is critical. 

Tips for Safe Snow Shoveling

 

person shoveling with yellow shovelShoveling snow can be strenuous, particularly here in New England where we are prone to significant snowfall. To ensure this task is performed safely and effectively, keep the following advice in mind: 

  • Stay well-hydrated. 
  • Use your legs to lift, not your back. 
  • Select an appropriate shovel: A model with a curved or adjustable handle can lessen the need to bend, thereby easing back strain. 
  • Refrain from twisting your torso. 
  • Grip the shovel closer to the blade for better leverage. 
  • Take frequent breaks, given the physical intensity of shoveling and the common occurrence of related injuries. 

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