5 Advantages of a Mild Winter
For many years I have consulted the Farmer’s Almanac for a fun, if not always reliable, look into the near future of our weather. Yes, without shame I admit that, as an amateur writer, I enjoy consulting the popular “bully pulpit” of notable writers from Nostradamus to Benjamin Franklin.
As a former mountain resort lodge owner, I wanted a glimpse into the weather future. I would turn first to regions 16 and 14 with hopes that plenty of those little white dollar signs would fall from the sky and keep my lodge rooms and vacation homes filled. Now as a remodeling contractor, operating as Licensed Home Improvement, I hope for clear skies and roads so that I can spend more time improving homes rather than shoveling that marvelous white stuff that stimulates our local economy.
As I write this in early January the trusty old almanac has so far been true. After a round of inclement weather in early and mid December (enough to keep the ski resort, snow plow, and water damage business strong), we’ve been enjoying an unseasonably mild winter. This has allowed my business to complete several major and minor remodel jobs already this winter. Although my season pass at Snow Summit has remained dormant so far, I’m grateful for the ability to keep crews working at remodel jobs, rather than shoveling snow.
So how has this mild winter been good to you? As a believer that we get more of the things we are grateful for I offer the following, in hopes that you will continue to appreciate your marvelous mountain home here in this beautiful valley.
1) Safer roads. While some have difficulty keeping a vehicle on dry roads, there seem to have been far fewer accidents and road closures this year than I remember in the past.
2) A busy Village. If you’ve been through the Village of Big Bear Lake this season, you may have noted higher than average foot traffic. Keep shopping the Village and all the local shops of Big Bear. It helps the local economy, and consequently the value of your vacation home.
3) More hikers, bikers, and wildlife sightings. Against the backdrop of the still white snow that fell in December, the roads, trails, and forest are teeming with human and animal life. It’s beautiful! Just remember your sunscreen to avoid those raccoon eyes.
4) Less damage from snow and ice. Even through the mildest Big Bear winters it’s good to be cautious about the challenges presented by ice. The recent warm days and below freezing nights are still producing some of the usual ice dams and other damage to roofs, siding, and decks, but less than normal.
5) Less need to handle those cold pesky tire chains. I don’t know about you, but crawling around in the snow and ice to install and remove tire chains does not rank high on my list favorites. This year, getting to our jobsites and carrying out home remodel projects has been easier than in past winters!
6) Getting a head start on home improvement projects. With more clear sunny days, it’s so much easier to carry out those small home improvement projects and maintenance tasks. When the longer, warmer days of spring and summer arrive, you’ll be ready to jump right into the bigger projects you’ve been planning for so long.
Licensed Home Improvement, as well as the many other legitimate home maintenance and repair businesses in Big Bear, is ready to serve you. Call us when you would like help starting or completing any major or minor work around your mountain home.
– Michael Beveridge, Licensed Home Improvement, www.licensedhomeimprovement.com
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