I was woken up this morning to the sound of the deck restoration team renewing the woodwork on the exterior of the house so I thought I’d share some before and after pictures. They were the people used by most of the folks in the neighborhood for their deck and patio restorations, and we have some fairly demanding executives and retirees around here so I figured I could trust the crowdsourced judgment on this one. I wasn’t disappointed. They didn’t even ring the doorbell; they were just there, doing their work.
The manager is coming out for a follow up call to make sure we are happy. They have a customer for life. It was so effortless, I’m just going to put it on the schedule to have them return every 2-3 years. That way I can automate the maintenance and not have to think about it.
You can see the before pictures from when we were coming out of winter and transforming the space with the plants from this post. Below that is the after picture. We can’t put the furniture back out there for two days so the wood can cure. The railings on the lower deck, which I don’t think I’ve ever posted, also look fantastic.
I see so many people put stuff like this off and it’s just not hard to fix. Why wait? It’s almost always cheaper to maintain than to replace, and it’s more enjoyable. If you have some project you’ve been working on for years, or that has sat unfinished, either get rid of it or finish it now. Otherwise, it is just clutter.
The way to make it better is to read this book, and then put it into practice. I don’t have to think about this sort of thing. There is a checklist. Two to three years from now, I will get an alert, make a phone call, and it will be taken care of again. It will require none of my time, and very little of my money. Life is so much easier this way. I highly recommend the automation process. Otherwise, by the time damage becomes really noticeable, it’s too often late.