Buying Home Building Materials
Here's an article that will help you learn to get a builders discount, free delivery and materials that are delivered on time and take advantage of little-known payment options.
If a designer has specified all the fixtures, appliances and home building materials you need for the job you don't have to do any of the buying. If you have a general contractor on the job they may handle the ordering and delivery of goods. But in most jobs, the homeowner by choice or by force ends up being the shopper. The goal should be to save money or you want to choose a product that is to your taste. If you are acting as your own general contractor, you need to arrange for the buying and paying for a wide range of materials.
Whether you are buying one light fixture or lumber you should keep all these things in mind:
Ask for Discounts on Building Materials
When you begin shopping you should ask each supplier such as a lumberyard, the electrical supply store, the plumbing supply houses whether they will give a builders discount. You are a de facto builder and you should act like one and get the benefits. The suppliers usually won't complain because it's not much more than what they normally give their other customers. But if your project is fairly small the answer may be no.
Some suppliers have a monthly minimum to qualify for a builder's discount usually $1,000 or more at a lumberyard. Some suppliers work with a scale, with deeper discounts for the big contractors that do a volume of business. If a supplier tells you that the builder's terms are not available you need to ask why and what the required qualifications are. Discounts can vary greatly but typically a 10% discount on lumber and millwork is common. Lighting fixtures can often be much higher so you need to ask.
Expect Free Delivery
Many suppliers will deliver at no charge. Make sure you set that up and if not what the charges will be. If there is a delivery fee you need to shop around to see what other suppliers charge. Be aware of sidewalk delivery. It's a familiar concept to apartment dwellers and it means that your giant new refrigerator is delivered only as far as the sidewalk even if your kitchen is on the third floor. You just need to know when the truck is coming and arrange for someone to help you bring the goods inside.
Get Your Building Materials Delivered on Time
When you order these materials you needed consult with your general contractor or a sub about the scheduling. You do not want your materials piled up at the worksite waiting to be used since the sooner you receive them the sooner you have to pay for them. Plus all these goods can be very inviting to thieves and they simply have a tendency to walk away. On the other hand make sure that the supplies are available when they are needed to keep the job on schedule. If the materials aren't on-site when required work comes to a halt. When you do your research you need to ask suppliers about their availability. You need to find out if you have to order special tile or an odd size window in order to have them available. Cabinets and heating equipment require the longest order time and can slow down the job .
Investigate Creative Payment Options
You can pay for your goods at the time of purchase. Most suppliers take a local check or credit card. You may want to open an account so the supplier can check your credit. Typically they will ask which bank loan you money. Once you establish you are a worthy credit risk, most suppliers offer a 30-day term and wish to pay. This means that when the goods arrived this month you don't have to pay for until the next month. This is helpful in managing the flow of cash during a building project. You will need to find out exactly what he suppliers terms are as some offer a 1 1/2 to 2% discount for a speedy payment.
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