The professional quoted us $500 to wash and stain the deck. That seems too high. The upside, he'd have it done much earlier than we would. The down side, parting with $500. Given our desire to step up frugality efforts a bit this month (even though the downturn we'd expected in my husband's business has not materialized as we thought), we are opting for the do-it yourself method.
So, I turned to wonders of my local hardware stores -- Ace Hardware at Hilldale. These wonderful people took my order via the phone once I explained the challenges of bringing in two small children to shop. I asked questions, they gathered materials, set them aside. The kids and I showed up, paid, and were on our way to the park. Did it cost a bit more? Probably, but for that kind of service, and maximizing quality time with my kids, it was worth it. For around $50 I got:
- a sprayer (for the cleaner and stain)
- 2 bottles of cleaner
- 2 cans of stain
- and 2 roller pans
Our goal over the 4th of July Holiday is to get it washed. Once it is dried, we'll tackle the staining. We do have our limits on do-it yourself. Yesterday I called in dryer vent specialist to thoroughly clean out the dryer vent. Even though the chipmunk was gone, it did not smell like a place to put laundry. For $90 the bottom vent was replaced, cleaned, and a outside screen put in place. Well worth the $90.
If you have advice on the washing and our staining of the deck, please comment....we could use some insight!