Snow blowers are definitely one of the larger ticket items that we buy for our homes when it comes to tools. Nevertheless, they are essential in the winter especially when you live in a region that experiences quite a bit of snow storms. As such, when you make a purchase you really don’t want to later find out that you could have been better off with something a little different. Let’s discuss five considerations you should take into account before making a purchase that will help avoid the aching pain of buyer’s remorse:
Where Do You Live?
The region in which your residence is located will have a big impact on the snow blower you choose. If you are up in the northern parts of the United States – places like New England, Minnesota, upstate New York, etc. – it probably goes without saying that you’re going to want a more heavy duty snow blower to throw the snow. Not only are you fairly likely to experience large storms in this region, but you can also expect to confront heavy, wet, and dense snow that would simply be too much for a smaller-sized snow blower.
How Big Is Your Driveway?
It goes without saying that larger driveways are going to accumulate more snow. The same goes for sidewalks. This is something you should be able to get a feel for instinctively. Simply take a look at your driveway and imagine it full of snow. Is it something you could handle with a relatively small snow blower that relies on you to push it? Or perhaps you will need something that can assist in pushing through the snow at the very least? There’s obviously no cut-and-dry rule here, but use your best judgment and make sure you get a snow blower that is large enough for your property.
How Much Storage Space Do You Have?
Unfortunately the practical use of your snow blower is not the only thing that determines how large of a machine you should by. You also have to take into account where you will be storing the snow blower and how you will get it in and out of storage when you use it. Are there size constraints? In other words, would it be nearly impossible to fit a large snow blower in your storage area? What about logistical constraints, like a flight of stairs for example that would make getting a large snow blower out very difficult when you need it?
Do You Want To Go Electric?
It won’t always be an option, but if you are looking for a lighter-duty snow blower you will find that you have the option to go electric. It’s something you should definitely consider, as electric snow blowers will never need gas, they can be much quieter, and they smell an awful lot less than the gas machines do.
How Much Can You Spend?
Last but not least comes the most obvious and most fateful question: what is your budget for your new snow blower? Some of the more extravagant models can rack up quite the price tag, and it simply may not be practical given how much money you have on hand to spend. You’ll have to consider where you can compromise and where you cannot, and find the best fit for your household that is within your financial limitations.