In the society we live in today, it is very common for a family to have an outside deck or verandah with a barbecue and a table. To all those deck owners, this tip is for you.
Having a deck is a joy, but can be quite costly. A deck in direct sunlight will fade and deteriorate over time and will require oiling or restaining. Depending on the size of the deck, this can quite a costly exercise. Many families I know enlist the "help" of companies which come and oil the deck for them. Today I challenge you to try oiling it yourself. All it takes is a little bit of time, and it could save you hundreds. All the tools required for the job are cheap, and no skill is required. If you are unsure exactly how to go about doing this job, or are unsure what you need, simply consult google, or visit the local hardware store. There is always someone willing to help, it just requires a little bit of effort on your behalf, and the results will be great.
For those of you who claim you do not have the time, I challenge you to make the time. It really does depend on the size of your deck, but the large verandah on our house (which flows around 3 sides of the house) only took us (myself and my brother) a couple of hours. If you enlist the help of a family member, you will be done in no time.
I implore you to give it a try, an extra hundred dollars (potentially even more) in your wallet is definitely worth the effort.