Many first-time remodelers are not aware of the fact that materials are often at least half the total cost of any renovation project, big or small. If you’re gearing up for your first home remodel, this is something to keep in mind when you begin getting quotes from contractors; a lot of the cost will go toward things that are necessary to make the changes you want to your house.
Although many contractors prefer to purchase materials on their own (they often get builder discounts), you may be able to request that you get to shop for your own materials instead. If you choose this route, there are a number of things you should be aware of prior to making any purchases. You will learn more about some of these as you continue reading.
Talk to your contractor even if he isn’t buying
Even if you and your contractor have worked out a deal where you are buying the materials, it’s still a good idea to ask him for recommendations for the best lumber yards, appliance showrooms, and other establishments you’ll need to visit. It’s also a good idea to talk to people you trust who frequently do DIY projects. They are also likely to know about good spots to shop in your area.
Make sure you know the quality of what you’re buying
Sometimes, you might think you are getting a great deal on a product, only to discover the quality isn’t what you expected it to be. There are brands that have great marketing but don’t produce high-quality items. These companies also tend to have dubious return policies, often sticking you with something you don’t want to keep. Before you make any purchase, research the manufacturer and make sure you’re getting something that will stand the test of time in your home.
Shop local whenever possible
Shopping in local stores and at local lumber yards is the best way to feel good about what you’re purchasing. Not only are you more likely to know and trust the owners of establishments in your area, but you will be supporting the local economy. There are few things as satisfying as knowing that your purchase of materials for your project will quite literally be helping a family in your town put food on the table that night.
Furthermore, throughout our service area in the Carolinas and Virginia, there are dozens of incredible craftspeople who make furniture, light fixtures, artwork, and other items you might want to incorporate into your renovation to add some local, Southeastern flair.
Check salvage stores
Building salvages are amazing resources for DIYers, contractors, and homeowners alike. These facilities are often chock-full of amazing pieces, including amazing antiques, like real silver mirrors and Victorian clawfoot tubs. If you’re in the market for affordable, one-of-a-kind wares, make a point of visiting all of the salvages in your area.
Don’t wait to make your purchases
It’s a good idea to start shopping for materials as soon as you’ve selected your contractor and agreed upon who will be buying what items for the project. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that there will be some kind of issue, like an item that has sold out or back ordered.
At Hatch Homes, we are willing to work with clients who have all sorts of different needs and ideas. Whether you want us to gather all the necessary materials for you, you want to source them yourself, or you don’t even know where to start, we are here to help! We enjoy meeting new families all over the Carolinas and Virginia and can’t wait to oversee your job.