Furniture for Patio Use

May 2, 2015 Posted by Tyler Cruz

If you love the look of wicker furniture, you’re not alone. The first wicker furniture was created for the ancient Romans, so it’s likely that they enjoyed patio chairs similar to the ones you have in your backyard. Even in ancient times, this material was prized for its resilience, and it has only gotten stronger as humans have perfected its use. Wicker will easily last a lifetime, if it’s well-maintained.

So, how exactly do you keep wicker looking great for years?

Take Care of Your Cushions

The most susceptible part of outdoor wicker patio furniture is probably the cushions. These pieces may claim to be weather-resistant, but they usually don’t hold up well to long exposure in the sun and rain. And they definitely won’t handle severe winters for very long. The best thing you can do is also the simplest: Take them inside. Just get them out of the bad weather, and keep them clean with a dust cloth for long-lasting results. If you know you are going to be spending a long time outdoors, then I recommend you to buy a light repellent, check out the fuze bug reviews to know why you should buy it.

Keep It Clean

Wicker is naturally resilient, but even resin wicker needs treatment every so often to keep it looking like new. Dirt and grime cake onto wicker easily, especially if the piece is in your back yard, and all those nooks and crannies can be a bear to maintain if you let it go for too long without cleaning. To avoid this kind of buildup, vacuum your wicker furniture every once in a while with the soft brush attachment on your vacuum to remove loose surface debris, or brush it with a soft bristled brush, like a toothbrush or paintbrush.

Still, an electric pressure washer set to an extremely low PSI will usually rinse away dirt that’s hardened over time. You can also use a special putty that restores the shine to the wicker. If you’re restoring older furniture, lightly sand away the existing finish before applying your stain, but be wary that it’s very easy to damage wicker during a restoration. In most cases, it’s best to restore the cushion and simply clean the furniture.

Keep It in the Shade

Ideally, if you can help it, it’s best to keep your wicker furniture out of direct sunlight to avoid fading. It will fare best on a covered patio, or at least under a large umbrella, awning or gazebo. Still, even a spot outdoors that gets shade for much of the day would be better than an area that sits in the sun all day. You can try it now here and see if you want one for your area.

If you have any children and you want them to enjoy playing outdoors even if it’s just on your backyard, toys and structures such as those DIY wooden playhouse kits for children are a great start.

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Posted: May 2nd, 2015 under Income Properties  

5 Responses to “Furniture for Patio Use”

  1. DJM says:

    I actually just set up a holding company and I also live in BC.

    With a holding company, you could also do a “rollover” which would involve rolling over your stake in your corporation to your holding company in a tax free transaction. The biggest benefit of this is being able to flow your dividends from your corporation to your holding company tax free – you only pay tax if you take $ out of the holding company.

    So, let’s say your operating company (Merendi) makes $10k from affiliate marketing in a month. After tax, you are left with $8,650 approximately. You can then move this money, tax-free, to your holding company to use to invest in properties, provided that you have done the rollover.

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      Yeah, sounds a bit familiar… how much did it cost you to create your holding company?

      • DJM says:

        Well, I had a dormant numbered company that was already in existence. So, let’s say it was $500 to create that company.

        My lawyer charged me $1,800 for the restructuring of this company as well as the rollover of the stake in my operating company to the holding company. This is known as a Section 85 rollover and is fairly common.

        My accountant charged me $7,000 to come up with the proper structure, communicate with the lawyer and file the proper paperwork with the CRA. So, all in, a bit over $9,000.

        The actual creation of a holding company should not cost you what you listed above. Your accountant may have assumed that you would want to roll over your personal stake in your company to your holding company. In that case, you will be looking at $10,000 or so. I would clarify this with your accountant.

  2. KJ says:

    I have followed your real estate investing endeavors with great interest as its something I have been involved in myself.

    One thing that has puzzled me is you keep mentioning that you’re waiting for prices on certain properties to drop. Why aren’t you making offers instead? The worst that can happen is you get rejected but you may get a suitable counter offer.

    In my experience, when a property has been listed for a while owners become more flexible and willing to negotiate.

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      Well, in my market, the average sales price is 97% of asking, so there is really not much room for negotiation. I don’t want to waste my or my realtor’s time.

      On the places that I say I’m waiting for drops, I’m saying that I need to get it at a much lower rate than 97%… like 90%, so I need to wait for them to drop.

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