[caption id="attachment_1923" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Shoveled sidewalks make good neighbors."][/caption] Robert Frost posited that "good fences make good neighbors," and while that may be true in the balmy summer months of barbeques and ballgames, winters in the Midwest keep most people far from their fences. In the winter, clean sidewalks make good neighbors. When a foreclosure property is vacant, nobody is on site to clear the sidewalks and walkways of snow. The impact is twofold. First, mail carriers, residents, and visitors much prefer a snow-free path. Second, so do cities. Cities hold bank-owned properties to the same standards as occupied residences, and non-compliant addresses are hit with fines. That's where a good property preservation and maintenance company comes in. At DuAll, for example, we constantly monitor the weather across the regions that we service. If it looks like snow somewhere, we notify our plow crews and they in turn watch the weather on the ground. If it snows, we go. Every time. It's the neighborly thing to do. It also keeps our communities looking the best they can, poised for progress. And that's good for all of us.

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