What happens if you don’t shovel your sidewalk?
Removing snow and having to shovel in the freezing cold weather can be hard to say the least. No one really wants to do it, but you don’t have a choice. So you might as well do it quickly. Stalling the task only makes it harder. Majority of municipalities require property owners to shovel and clear the sidewalks in front of their properties and remove the snow to an area which is not public property and where the snow does not get in the way.
So, if you ask yourself that what if I don’t shovel my part of the sidewalk, then you are basically going against the law. And if you decide to not shovel immediately after the snowfall stops, then you are simply making life that much harder for yourself.
You can get sued for damages because by failing to shovel the snow you are not fulfilling your legal obligations to the city. Like in Naperville, for example, law states that residents or owners are responsible for shoveling snow from sidewalks. This means that negligence of your duty as a citizen can result in legal action being taken against you. You may have to pay a fine or, in extreme cases, serve time in jail.
Not shoveling your sidewalk can also make you unpopular in the neighborhood. When other residents clear their part of the sidewalk and you do not then you are causing the path to get blocked because of your failure to act. This complacency means you are still making life difficult for people who have done their due share of the work. This cannot be good for your social life.
Letting the snow pile up and delaying the shoveling from your sidewalk has no benefits really. You simply delaying the work and making it even harder for yourself. This is because snow will simply get harder, especially if temperature just keep falling. The fallen snow will solidify further and will become much harder to shovel.
This is why frequent and immediate shoveling is best. In fact, you can start the job while it is snowing, just remember to cover up and keep yourself warm. Yes, it is a hassle, but less than having to shovel large amounts of hardened snow. Also, who wants to be seen as lazy by their neighbors? Get those shovels and blowers out before someone complains you to do so.
If you can’t seem to do the shoveling yourself or simply don’t have the time due to work and other responsibilities the you best bet is a commercial snow removal service. You can hire a professional to shovel the sidewalk in front of your house for a small fee. Companies are professional and work expertly to do your work. You can negotiate rates or shop around to get a good deal, and even though it may seem like just another expense, but it is a worthwhile one to avoid getting sued or being declared a social outcast in your neighborhood. Next time you ask yourself the question that what if I don’t shovel my sidewalk, remember that you can’t just do that for legal reasons.
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