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Start Planning for 2017 Now

Posted by: Erika Green on December 30, 2016

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Winter has probably put a bulk of your outdoor projects on hold until it warms up. No problem. You can use this time to plan for 2017 renovation projects instead. Whether you’re building a new pool, adding a deck or even landscaping with stone and mulch, it’s a great time to plan ahead.

Regardless of your project, there are some universal tips to get things ready for next year. Read on to see what we mean.

  • Smart storage keeps your equipment in great shape longer. Now is the time of year to make sure your tools are cleaned, stored, and safe. Whether you have power tools like table saws and nail guns or hand tools like hammers and levels, evaluate what you have and store them properly. It’ll be easier for you to find them later and make sure they’re in top shape for use.
  • The right equipment makes any project easier. Once you’ve decided what projects to take on in 2017, think about the tools you need to finish the project. Do you already have them? Do you need to rent them from Compact Power Equipment Rental? Once you have that list, plan to pick up everything you need before starting your project (tip: Compact Power can deliver your equipment so that’s one less thing on your list.)
  • Know when to rent and know when to buy. If you’re planning to do simple, cosmetic upgrades you can probably get by with tools you already own. But, if your project is larger-scale (think major excavation) we’d recommend renting. Compact Power Equipment Rental has heavy equipment including skid steers, mini excavators, aerial equipment and more that can help you get the job done. Plus, it’s all from trusted partners like Bobcat, Kubota, Genie, Terex, Toro and Boxer, which makes the rental experience even better.
  • Map your worksite. While it might be too cold to do your project this year, you can still get outside with a tape measure to take measurements. Consider the clearance space you’ll need and the worksite’s overall outline to make sure you have an accurate read. Create a plan so you can accurately forecast the time, supplies and budget you’ll need.
  • Consult a professional. Even if you’re an experienced DIYer, it never hurts to get a second opinion. Once your initial project and worksite mapping are complete, call a Pro to take a look and confirm you’re on the right track.

Throughout the winter months, focus on lining up all of your project’s logistical needs and resources to support its progress. Once those details are locked in, all you’ll need to do is wait out the winter. You’ll be ready to go once the weather warms up.

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