Outdoor chores during the winter months

Published: 01/10/2022

- by Alana Ashby


While the winter season gives us a break from the summer lawn maintenance responsibilities, there are still some outside chores that need to be done. Dead leaves need to be raked and removed, and miscellaneous lawn tools should be stored out of sight for the winter. Many city ordinances and codes require that homeowners shovel their sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall. Homeowners that live on a corner are required to shovel all sidewalks around the property, including sidewalks on the side of the home. 


• In most municipalities, because the streets are city owned, not HOA owned, the HOA is not empowered to enforce parking. If you see cars parked on the streets that are causing a nuisance or in violation of any city ordinances, please contact your respective city department for additional information. 

• Please limit parking on the street as the snowplows (if they come through the neighborhood) may skip the areas where cars are parked. 

• Remember that you are responsible for the snow removal in your driveway, the sidewalks in front of 

your home and sides (if you are on a corner lot). Do not use ice-melt and use only sand when necessary. 

• Please remember that all Christmas lights, including tabs and decorations, may need to be removed by March 1st or sooner if weather permits, depending on the governing documents and/or city ordinances; so, make sure to be aware of them accordingly. 


Alana Ashby, CMCA and owner of AMI, helped to establish and served as a Board Member for Community Associations Institute (CAI) Idaho Chapter. Alana has extensive experience in all aspects of financial management, real estate development and management, as well as negotiation.  



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