I can't tell you how many times I have gone to an appointment in the winter months and ended up almost falling before I got to the front door. Or if I made it, my pants were soaked from the amount of snow still left on the walkway. It's totally understandable that everyone is busy and that everyone may not have the resources to keep up with it. However, it’s very important for the home seller to get into the habit of preparing the driveway and walkway for visitors. So many times, I have driven by a house that is for sale, and the exterior condition is not safely prepared. I make a point of mentioning the importance of accessibility of the property at all times either lived in or Vacant. If the home is vacant I always suggest that the homeowner invests in some property management if they can’t maintain it themselves on a regular basis. If you have a good relationship with your neighbour, ask them to keep an eye on your property while you are unavailable. Keep a shovel and some deicer handy by the door and offer to pay an older child or teenager to keep the walkway and stairs clear and free of ice. Even though all of the landscaping is covered, it sets a nice tone for the visitor when they can pull into the driveway and walk freely to the front door. You want the potential buyer in a good mood when walking through the threshold, not a soggy one!