Had enough of this winter, even though we’ve gotten through with minimal snowfall and relatively warm temps? If you’re like most, the beginning of March instantly has you thinking about the upcoming spring season and the opportunity to enjoy being outdoors. Homeowners in the Northeast usually start to also think about the laundry list of to-do projects they need to get done around the house as soon as the weather cooperates.
If you’re ready to soon tackle outdoor landscaping projects or exterior home repairs, here are a few tips:
- Make a plan. It’s best to take some time now to come up with a list of things you want or need to get done. Then prioritize tasks so you can make the best use of your time and your budget. Planning ahead will make your job easier once you get started and will prevent you from running into unexpected snags along the way.
- Determine the materials you need. Nothing stalls a project faster than realizing you don’t have the materials you need once you get started. Sometimes it takes a while to find just what you’re looking for. Other times, it’ll cost you more when you’re in a pinch because you don’t take the time to find the best prices or the most economical way to purchase materials. For example, if you are building out new planting beds in your backyard, it may be less expensive to get a bulk delivery of top soil, crushed stone or gravel to complete your project rather than buying dozens of bags of material. But you need to plan in advance for this so the materials are sitting on your property ready for you when you are.
- Decide if you need to rent or buy equipment. Just as not having the right materials or enough of them can stall your project, so too can you not having the right tools or equipment. Think carefully about anything you need and then see if you can arrange to rent any equipment you don’t have or borrow it from a neighbor or friend. This will cost you less than having to buy new tools and equipment.
- Pay attention to your budget. Before you get carried away with the vast selection of materials that may be available at your local store, think about how much you’re willing to spend to get the job done. Then factor in the cost of things you absolutely have to have. What’s left over can help you narrow down any material selections or other options you may have your eye on.