Ann Arbor is filled with great neighborhoods and sometimes you feel that in fact everything is absolutely great. Yet, right around the corner lurks some of those not-very-favorite issues which many neighbors may duck or dodge yet they may crop out when you least expect it.
One of those friendship busters can be the “When are you going to plow your snow and why do you pile it onto my lawn or driveway?”
The reaction can typically range from a distraction to unnerving and escalate to boiling over and enraging. Before you sit with your spouse or family member in your living room or kitchen pulling out your hair and plotting how you may return the snow placement “favor,” consider your options.
If you have a snow plow or shovel and your neighbor has been dumping his snow on your property, speak with your neighbor directly and make a simple request to him. Explain that by dumping snow onto your property your neighbor is preventing you from moving easily in and out of your driveway or walkway.
Maybe offer to shovel or snow blow the outside boundary of your property if your neighbor would return the offer with warm-weather lawn mowing on your property edge.
In addition, a month or two before the typical first snow fall make a list of the three or four things you would like to agree on concerning property snow removal, like a “friendship snow pact” that will prevent any misunderstandings when the first big snowfall arrives and dumps snow on your lawn and ices over your friendship
Another way to keep your neighbors and yourself from suffering from frayed nerves is to hire a snow removal service. Moe Kasham, Business Manager for Superior Lawn Service and Snow Removal gave this advice: “Small groups of neighbors as well as home owner and condominium associations can save themselves a lot of time and money by hiring a snow removal service.”
His company has been providing these cost-effective services for Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and some areas of Canton for nearly eight years and maintains that “even a small group of neighbors can get a discount that saves them in the long run.” He also mentions that for larger neighborhood associations with over a 100 members the cost savings can be dramatic; costing as little as $4 a home for snow removal.
For more information you can reach Kasham and Superior Lawn Service and Snow Removal at; (734)368-4929, online: http://www.a2superiorlawn.com/ or email: [email protected]
Many snow removal services like Kasham’s not only remove snow from your walkways and street but also your driveways as well.
So save friendships and enjoy the snow by taking the stress out of the seasonal flurries.