The news on the coronavirus front continues to be depressing: our governor Brian Kemp just extended the “Shelter-In-Place” order through the end of April on Wednesday (at least another 3 weeks of this staying at home… UGH!). On top of that, he also just banned vacation rentals throughout the state.
Thankfully, the weather has warmed up (other than today) and dried out some recently, so we have been able to get outside and enjoy some level of escape during this continued time of social distancing and forced work leave. A number of you have decided now is the perfect time to take on a stone/landscaping project around your yard. Many of you are going the DIY route with your project, the idea being that you can save some money and still do the job like an experienced contractor would – particularly with the help of the many DIY videos on YouTube and other internet sources.
Unfortunately what many of you fail to realize until you are well into the project is that there are potentially significant costs that are associated with taking on a physically demanding project like this all by yourself in something where you have little or no experience.
Here at Stone Distributors we applaud your efforts and do everything we can to help you get the right materials and tools to complete your project by yourself, if that is what you have your heart set on. But just as importantly you need to be aware that we are connected to a very experienced, hard working group of local contractors who are experts at turning your vision into the beautiful reality that you are wishing for – without the time consuming hassle, stress, strain and/or potential injury that comes with you trying to DIY the whole project.
This is the perfect time to ask an important question that Mike (our owner) often asks you when you come in our door ready to start your project: “What is your time worth to you?”
Mike will tell you straight out that: “My time and health are worth a lot of money to me. What about for you? So are you really saving money by doing that project yourself, or not? Because like me many of the people who walk through our doors looking to take on a stone/landscaping project are in the 40’s, 50’s or 60’s – and we don’t recover from taking on the strenuous labor that a project like this requires like we did when we were in our teens or our 20’s.”
And that is if you are able to execute every step in your project just as the much more experienced contractor would. Which is practically impossible, even if you execute every step of your project the way you see it in the video or tutorial you got from the internet.
Here is a perfect, real-world example of what we are talking about:
You come onto our 5-acre yard here in Marietta, Georgia and purchase a pallet of stone. Our delivery charge is $125.00 for that pallet to your job site. You convince yourself that you can save the $125.00 by doing it yourself. Heck, maybe you even have a good-sized pickup truck at your disposal, so you figure it will only take you a couple of trips and you will have saved all that money… piece of cake, right?
Then you start into actually moving that pallet of stone – and you realize that even one trip from beginning to end involves a couple hours of your time. Not to mention the strenuous effort of getting those stones onto your truck (yes, we of course help at our place, but not once you get home), and then back off it and next to your actual job site. Furthermore, unless you rent a truck on your own to move that pallet in one trip (extra money AND time right there), you WILL be taking more than one trip to complete this task.
Very quickly you have turned what would have been a few minutes of your time overseeing our delivery team putting this pallet exactly where you want it with no physical effort from you into a day-long slog of strenuous aggravation that includes a whole host of stress and strain on your physical as well as mental well-being. And then there is always the additional significant chance that you will either hurt yourself or do damage to your car or truck on top of everything else.
Is that really worth you “saving” $125.00 to have the pallet placed right where you want it without you lifting a finger? Sorry, but our answer to that question is an emphatic HECK NO! However, if it is worth it to you do itself and save that $125.00, you can trust we will tell you that straight up – because that is how we are here at Stone Distributors.
All of this holds true for the whole job as well. We are connected with an impressive group of highly-experienced contractors who do great work… just look at some of the pictures here and in other articles we have posted. As they say, the proof is in the finished product.
Furthermore, most of these contractors will come to you and give you a FREE, NO OBLIGATION estimate of what it will cost for them to make your project look like the beautiful vision you have in your head, without all the stress, strain and potential bodily injury that you will suffer through by taking on this project all by yourself. What do you have to lose? Nothing, from what we can see.
And you will be helping a local business person who like you is just trying his best to make it through this period of “Shelter in Place” orders and social distancing that is stressful for us all.
Are you considering a DIY or contractor project around the outside of your home? Then come on into Stone Distributors and our knowledgeable people will be happy to help you. We have a large variety of different types of Flagstone, Fieldstone, garden boulders, stones and other landscaping materials available for you right here on our lot.
Contact us at (678) 354-0566 or by visiting us online at https://www.stonedist.com or on our Stone Distributors Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stonedist/. WE ARE OPEN NORMAL HOURS at this time: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on Sundays.