Hire Someone Or Do It Yourself

When it comes to being a homeowner and owning a home snow removal falls in the “necessary evil” category. It is an expense that none of us like but an expense that we have to pay unless with have the tools and time to do it ourselves.

Unfortunately the bigger the home the more snow we have to remove when winter comes. Anch

Anchorage is a city that gets approximately six months of winter.  That number could be one month less or more depending on the year. During a typical winter the city gets huge dumps of snow that can include several inches of fresh powder.  As a homeowner you need to make the decision if you want to take care of the snow yourself or if you want to hire a professional to take care of it for you.  More people are hiring companies to plow their driveway for the sake of ease, efficiency and time.

What you need to understand is that there is more to snow removal than meets the eye. It does not just involve a guy with a plow attached to his truck moving snow to one end of your yard.

There is a lot of strategy involved. Some of these include windrowing, back-dragging and proper angle placement.

It takes months to for a newbie to get acquainted with the ends and outs of snow removal and years before he can say that he is truly proficient.

Once a person has learned and practiced the technique involved in snow plowing then he is able to reduce the risk of damaging someone’s property and increasing a homeowner’s snow clearing efficiency.

However, if you are a homeowner who carefully counts his pennies and think you might want to try to clear your own driveway the following are some tips you can use.

Snow Shoveling

You do not want to mess up your back shoveling snow.  There is a right and wrong way of doing things.  Ask any local doctor and he will tell you that he gets people in his office all the time complaining about a back injury they suffered after trying to clear a lot of snow during a huge dump.

Do your best to push snow aside instead of lifting every heavy load and throwing it.  If you feel that it is absolutely necessary to lift a shovel full of hard snow be sure you face your load head on and lift with your legs and not your back.


Many people have decided that it’s a good idea to invest in a snow blower so that they do not have manually shovel their driveway.  Show blowers are an excellent investment and will pay huge dividends in the future.  You can find quality used blowers on eBay or craigslist if you are looking for a bargain.  Keep in mind that operating a snow blower is not a total breeze.  They still require a lot of physical effort. You will need to take a lot of breaks if you have a really long driveway.  The key is to let the blower to most of the work and not rush it.