With spring right around the corner, now is a perfect time to begin gathering supplies for your next big concrete project. It takes a great deal of time and money to prepare for such projects, so planning now helps you to get everything you need before you can begin. Prices will be lower as well on certain items, so it is the perfect time to stock up and prep your plans for your next big home installation!
Pick Your Project
If you are like most homeowners, you have several projects you want to work on. From pavers for your pathways to resurfacing the area around your pool, creating new concrete walkways or patios, concrete can be used for a number of projects.
So, to begin, choose which project you want to work on first, then you can begin making your lists and finding the materials you need. Gather what you can and then once the weather is nicer, you are ready to begin!
Making Your List, Check it Twice!
Now that you know what type of project you will be working on; it is time to write down the materials you need. Write down everything, from the tools you will use to the materials you need for the project. Let’s say you are creating a patio space. For this project, you will need wood, nails and a hammer to create a frame. You will also need concrete and everything that goes with it to mix the material, pour it and smooth it.
By making a list of every single item you need, you can narrow down your shopping list based on what you already have on hand. Then, you can go shopping and price out your items to get the best deal. For the more expensive components, consider logging online and doing comparison shopping. This way, you can find out which stores offer you the best pricing for what you need.
Buy A Little at A Time
A big concrete project can cost thousands of dollars. Most homeowners do not have that much money just lying around or who wants to rack up credit card debt. After you have your list of materials, go buy a little at a time. Set aside a certain amount to spend each week or every two weeks and stick to this budget as you buy your materials.
This way of shopping will help you to avoid spending too much at once and you won’t feel like you are going into debt because you are buying what you can afford. By the time you start your project in a few months, you have everything you need to get started.
The time to start planning your next spring project is now! Pick your project, start your list and get to shopping! In no time, you will be ready to begin and have a finished concrete project that you can be proud of. For larger projects, be sure to consult with a concrete company to see if you might be better off letting the professionals do the work for you!