Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Home Improvement

Well before:

  • Determine whether a building permit is required
  • Determine what needs to be inspected and when, e.g., footing holes for proper width and depth before filling with cement

If you intend to have a contractor do a home improvement project:

  • Get at least three estimates in writing
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau
  • Check the references of contractor, companies, etc.
  • Look at previous work that contractor has done
  • Get everything in writing, especially the start and completion dates

Buying materials:

If buying wood:

  • Consider using wood polymer composite boards - contain recycled materials - requires no maintenance

Before digging:

  • Call the local utility company to determine if there are any gas, electrical or water lines where you intend to dig

Before applying stain:

If wood is outside:

  • Wait 3-4 weeks - to let pores open up and to help ensure an even appearance

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