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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Smilk

Winter Planning... in Summer?



As the summer sun warms the air and thoughts turn to outdoor activities, it might seem premature to think about winter conditions. However, for commercial property owners and managers, planning for winter during the summer months is crucial for several important reasons.


Firstly, preparing for winter in advance allows for efficient budgeting and resource allocation. Snow and ice management can be a significant expense for commercial properties, encompassing services such as snow plowing, salting, and shoveling. By planning in the summer, property managers can accurately estimate the costs associated with winter maintenance and incorporate these expenses into their annual budgets. This proactive approach helps prevent financial surprises and ensures sufficient funds get allocated to maintain safe and accessible premises during the winter.


Secondly, scheduling winter services, like Eastern, in advance not only saves time but also brings a sense of confidence. As winter approaches, demand for snow and ice removal services increases dramatically. By booking services early, commercial property owners can secure preferred contractors and ensure that their needs are prioritized during busy winter months. This proactive approach minimizes the risk of being left without essential services during snowstorms or icy conditions, giving property owners a sense of reassurance and confidence. Moreover, planning allows property managers to implement effective snow management strategies tailored to their specific properties. 


Property owners can develop comprehensive snow and ice management plans by assessing potential risks and vulnerabilities during the summer. This plan includes identifying high-traffic areas, sensitive landscapes, and critical access points that require special attention during winter weather. Developing these plans in advance enables property managers to implement proactive measures to mitigate liability risks and ensure safety during winter.


Lastly, preparing for winter in the summer fosters a culture of safety and readiness among property occupants and stakeholders. Communicating winter preparedness plans to tenants, employees, and visitors instills confidence and reassurance that their safety is a priority and prepares them for potential winter hazards. By taking proactive steps during the summer, property managers are committed to maintaining a secure and accessible environment year-round, making the audience feel protected and cared for.


While it may seem early to think about winter conditions during the summer months, proactive planning is essential for commercial properties. By preparing in advance, property owners and managers can effectively manage costs, secure reliable services, implement tailored strategies, and promote a safety culture. Early planning ensures that commercial properties are well-prepared to handle winter challenges and provide a safe and inviting environment. At Eastern, we know this, and we're ready to help. We're snow ready and blizzard prepared.

 


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