Whether you are looking to undertake a residential or commercial building project, you will want to ensure you do meticulous planning to help the project run smoothly. It is not something you want to rush; it will take time to coordinate everything and ensure you have everything in place for the project to run uninterrupted. You will need to find reputable suppliers for everything your project will need, and by doing plenty of research, you can save money on the construction costs of your building project. Below are a few tips to help you source the best suppliers for everything you need to ensure the project runs smoothly and within budget.
Know What Your Project Needs
Whether you are the project manager or someone else, you will need to break the project down into stages to determine what building supplies you require. You will need to work out everything that is required and order slightly more, so you have a little spare to allow for mistakes and wastage. Once you have done this for each project stage, you can start looking for suppliers for the required building materials and find the best deals possible.
Use Multiple Suppliers
You can find that ordering from one supplier can help reduce your delivery costs for the building materials your project requires, but if you are not careful, it can cost you more. Many people will find a supplier that can supply the majority of what they need and not bother comparing prices, thinking they will make a saving in the delivery costs. You may be correct, but always shop around and look at various suppliers to get the best prices on the materials you buy.
Keep A Spreadsheet
You will want to keep a spreadsheet to keep track of everything you look at and add all the products you need to purchase to it, and you can also include supplier information. You can add the unit cost, and any discount offered for bulk orders, and the delivery charge for each supplier, which can help you easily work out the best supplier for each material you buy. Once you have compiled all the prices, you can do some dummy shops, showing you the best and easiest option for your project that is also cost-effective.
Do A Dummy Shop
Doing a dummy shop can help show you the overall cost of everything you are purchasing, including any discounts and delivery costs. By looking at the basket’s total, you can then compare the different suppliers to see which one works out more cost-effectively for you. However, before clicking the button to make your purchase, speak to your local building supplies company to see if they can beat the price that you have been offered.
Speak With Your Local Building Supplies Company
You can take the cheapest basket total to your local building supplies company and see if they can match or beat the deal you found online. Independent building supplies companies will often have more leeway on their prices, and you may get an excellent deal by asking them for a discount. Click here for more tips on purchasing building suppliers, especially from builders’ merchants.