Outdoor Project Time is Here (For Now)

Summer is winding down. Soon Fall will be here. Bringing shorter days, cooler weather, and typically more rain. There a some outdoor projects, like painting, caulking, sealing, and glazing, that are best accomplished during the longer, dryer days of summer. But since time is running out, let’s see what steps we can take today to get some of these projects done.

  1. Start with a list. Take a walk around your property with a notepad and a camera. Write down and take pictures of what could use some work.
  2. Take a close look at painted or stained materials such as wood siding or decking, or metal objects such as railing or metal sheeting.
  3. Look around windows and doorways for lose caulking or weather stripping.
  4. Inspect driveways, walkways, and patios for faded or worn sealer.
  5. Prioritize your list and decide what you’d like to accomplish yourself, and what you’d like to find and professional to tackle.
  6. If you’re unfamiliar with some of the tasks, watch a few YouTube videos to see if it’s something you’re comfortable doing.
  7. Have your notes and pictures available when discussing the projects with the professionals. The picture will be very helpful, whether at your kitchen table or the paint counter at the hardware store.
  8. Don’t forget your protective equipment. Always protect your eyes from dust, debris and chemicals. Protect your hands with the right gloves for the task. And protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV.
  9. Put your tasks on your calendar. It really helps to have a reminder.

Let me know what other outside tasks you consider best done during the hot, dry weather!

Good luck and be safe.

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And remember to take the next step…