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Snow is not something I deal with in Sunny San Jose CA. However, I feel it is the seller's responsibility to manage the snow ... not the agents.
Listing agents should advise their clients to take care of snow and ice removal. Shoveling is not the responsibility of their agents.
We expect a foot or so of snow this weekend and this will be a major issue for home owners.
The clearing of walks and driveways are a seller's responsibility but if they need a name of a contractor to do it for them I will provide names. I keep a couple of dozen listings or more in inventory and make it clear to the seller's what they need to do to make showings easy on all the agents that might bring a buyer.
Blake Rickels It is the seller's responsibility to make sure the property is well maintained including snow removal.
Thankfully, this is something we don't have to deal with in Florida. Though, I would think the seller should be responsible for shoveling or arranging to have the driveway/entrance area clear.
I keep reminding my clients about slipping hazards
Blake, our sellers are out of the country for one of our listings, and I am heading over there right now to shovel the driveway and sidewalk. It is a lot less work to do this than redo the floors as some agents do not follow directions about removing wet shoes. We do what it takes to help the sellers out, plus it is great exercise!
Coming from the snow belt and freezing rain etc; an agent should make sure it is safe for all to get in and out safely! I have a snow shovel and calcium chloride for ice and am not afraid to use it as if the owners are at work and the storm hits how will they shovel.
The seller, or whoever wants to sell it more than the seller.
We have rules in each city where the homeowner has to have it cleared within 24 hours of any storm.
I would have no clue how to work in such conditions.....good luck and stay safe and warm.
Many cities and towns have bylaws stating who is responsible for shovelling snow and/or dealing with ice on municipally owned property.
Blake Rickels whatever common precautions we take otherwise to prevent us from any accident from snow is what we should take care of.
Keeping everyone safe as I do when the weather is good
I live in GA, we don't show in snow. It happens just once every few years and lasts a day or two. We stay home and hope we keep power.
The Seller should be taking care of the snow and ice. Many homes are on main streets and if the driveway is now accessible, chances are, you won't be able to park on the street. In that case, we pass on that home.
If someone slips and falls the homeowner is responsible. The bank owned properties should make arrangements. If you shovel the snow and someone slips and breaks their leg, you may be responsible, so I don't.
We represent our clients to the best of our ability but we are not their handyman, gardener, cleaning person. I'm not cutting anyone's lawn or shoveling their sidewalk.