One of the biggest complaints that we hear from apartment residents during the winter is the poor plow jobs in the parking lots. If you only rent out houses as a property owner, this normally isn’t much of an issue, but owning an apartment building or complex can mean the need for a lot more resources when winter rolls around. Although most places seem to have had a relatively mild winter so far, you never know when a storm is going to roll in and take everyone by surprise. It is always important to be prepared no matter how silly it may feel. Even if you don't get a lot of snow in your area, the threat of ice is always something to consider. You should be sure to keep things like rock salt on hand just in case you need to take care of some sudden winter weather.
While there are certain “freak” storms that hit harder than expected, or even when there were no storms expected at all, it is important that you are always prepared for these situations. While it can get a bit hectic, it is always a good idea to start purchasing things like rock salt as early in the year as possible. If you cannot find salt, easily sourced materials such as cat litter can help to provide the traction that people need in order to drive around with that snow or ice on the ground. Shovels are also a good thing to have in the event that there are areas that need to be cleared that plows can’t get to or in case others break while they are being used.
Making sure that you are prepared for any amount of snow that might fall is one of the most involved yet important tasks that you can complete as the owner of a rental property. It is often a frustrating situation, but your residents will certainly appreciate the quick manner in which everything is cleared out so that they can come and go as needed. It is also important in case of an emergency occurring that requires the response of a group like the police or paramedics. If emergency responders cannot get in due to unsafe conditions, you may be held responsible for any damage or health issues that may result. Regardless of your reasoning, it is always better to make sure that you are on top of any plowing than to leave it to chance.