Whether you\u2019ve just moved into your first home, or you\u2019ve been settled in your forever home for years, you probably have a list of home improvement projects you\u2019d like to tackle. Chances are there\u2019s at least one concrete project on your to do list, whether it\u2019s an aesthetic home improvement such as decorative concrete countertops in the kitchen, building an outdoor kitchen, or applying a decorative concrete finish to your floor, or a more utilitarian application such as pouring a new concrete RV pad or repairing a cracked backyard patio slab.Even the most experienced DIYer can be overwhelmed at tackling their first concrete project, so we asked some of Intermountain Concrete\u2019s most experienced employees what they learned from their first concrete project. From doing your research to making sure you have enough materials, time and help to complete the job, here\u2019s what our experts had to say:Preparation is KeyWith more than 40 years experience in the concrete industry, Intermountain Concrete Specialties President Tony Frazier says that the first key to a successful concrete job is doing your homework. \u201cMore preparation is always better than hurrying to finish,\u201d he says. \u201cMake sure you have enough materials to complete the project, and allow enough time to complete your project before dark.\u201d It\u2019s also important to make sure the temperature is right for your concrete job application.\u00a0Testing a sample area first can help you determine whether conditions and materials are right for the job.Tony notes that his best tips are usually the results of his own trial and error! \u201cFor everything I have learned, I probably had several failures because I didn\u2019t follow my own learned lesson,\u201d he says. \u201cMy latest was staining a new addition to my patio. Instead of testing a sample area to see if the color matched the stain I had applied three years earlier, I pushed through and the color doesn\u2019t match at all!\u201d Tony says. \u201cI\u2019ve also run short on one of my concrete pours.\u201d He\u2019s learned over the years that planning helps, and so does sharing your failures and successes with others. It never hurts to ask for advice!Do It Right From the StartIdaho Falls Store Manager Gary Dumont says one of the first things he learned about working with concrete is that you\u2019ll need more help than you think. \u201cTry to get one or two people on your crew that have experience doing the work you are doing,\u201d he says, \u201csuch as flatwork, walls, footing, etc.\u201d He also offers these tips for a variety of concrete projects:\u00a0Brace your forms well. It is much better to be over-braced than under-braced.Double-check your formwork for bracing, level, plumb. size, reinforcing, etc. the day before you order concrete.Use compacted gravel under any concrete work and provide for water drainage where necessary.Tell your concrete dispatcher what type of concrete you are pouring so he can use the proper mix design for your application.Don\u2019t skimp on the PSI of the concrete you order.Ask for Help\u201cThe first thing I learned is to have enough help and equipment to do the job, \u201csays Kelly J. Harman, Vice President of Sales at Intermountain Concrete Specialties\u2019 Salt Lake City location. \u201cConcrete can get away from you if you don’t have enough help on the job.\u201d He notes that all the effort you put in to have a beautiful, durable job that you will want to enjoy for years and show your friends will be of little value if you don’t have the right tools to get the look you want. \u201cYour local ICS store can help you with the right tools and equipment,\u201d says Gary, \u201cbut you’re on your own to make friends!\u201d he jests.Come See UsWhile we can\u2019t supply you with the crew, Intermountain Concrete Specialties does have the tools, materials, equipment and know-how you need. Visit any of our six locations and we\u2019ll get you started on the concrete road to success!