Blake Rickels, "The Name Friends Recommend" (Blake Rickels Group, Realty Executives)

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

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.

Jan 20, 2016 02:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

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.

Jan 20, 2016 05:16 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

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.

Jan 20, 2016 05:15 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Blake Rickels It is the seller's responsibility to make sure the property is well maintained including snow removal.

Jan 20, 2016 04:17 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

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.

Jan 20, 2016 03:53 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I keep reminding my clients about slipping hazards

Jan 20, 2016 03:32 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

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!

Jan 20, 2016 03:04 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

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.

Jan 20, 2016 02:23 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The seller, or whoever wants to sell it more than the seller.

Apr 12, 2019 11:11 PM
Blake Rickels
Blake Rickels Group, Realty Executives - Knoxville, TN
"The Name Friends Recommend"

Wow what a great response! Thank you everyone for your input, keep following for a blog about these types of situations!

Jan 30, 2016 09:58 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We have rules in each city where the homeowner has to have it cleared within 24 hours of any storm. 

Jan 20, 2016 11:17 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I would have no clue how to work in such conditions.....good luck and stay safe and warm. 

Jan 20, 2016 04:43 PM
Toronto, ON

Many cities and towns have bylaws stating who is responsible for shovelling snow and/or dealing with ice on municipally owned property.

Jan 20, 2016 04:26 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Blake Rickels whatever common precautions we take otherwise to prevent us from any accident from snow is what we should take care of.

Jan 20, 2016 01:41 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Keeping everyone safe as I do when the weather is good

Jan 20, 2016 01:34 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

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.

Jan 20, 2016 12:57 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

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.

Jan 20, 2016 12:13 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

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.

Jan 20, 2016 06:31 AM