If you are building or renovating your home and doing it yourself you are going to need building materials. These materials could range from bricks, to concrete, steel, timber, ceramic tiles, windows, doors, pipes, plumbing fittings and more.
Of course sometimes even when you have engaged a building contractor to do some of the work you may have elected to supply some of the building materials - possibly because you thought you could save money, maybe you could get the material cheaper through contacts or discounts, or in some cases the contractor only supplies labour for the work as they don't have the financial means to purchase the materials.
In our article Purchasing Building Materials For Your Home Building Project we discussed some of the pitfalls to purchasing building materials for your home construction project and how to avoid mistakes.
Then in our article Why are you waiting for materials for your home construction project? we explained that some materials are not immediately available and they may have to be ordered several weeks, even months in advance to allow for them to be manufactures and transported to the project.
In this article we discuss what you should consider when ordering building materials for your home construction or renovation project.
Tips to ensure the right building materials arrive on time
When ordering materials make sure that:
It should be noted that ordering materials in bulk could be cheaper than ordering materials in small quantities. Small quantities not only incur additional delivery charges, but the supplier may offer discounts for larger quantities. Of course, it may be possible to provide a bulk order, say for all the bricks, sand, or concrete required for your house, but then specify that you want the material delivered as and when you require them. You probably don’t want all the bricks for your new home delivered on day one, filling your whole property, but rather you want them delivered as you require them (of course in batches that suit your supplier’s delivery vehicles).
Not getting your material purchases correct could lead to delays when items arrive late or when insufficient material is ordered. ordering the wrong material also leads to delays as well as additional costs. Installing the wrong building product could compromise the integrity of your house and result in maintenance issues later.
If you are unsure of what products to order chat to your contractor, or get advice from suppliers.
Other useful articles
How to save money when building or renovating your home
Cost Should Not Be The Only Factor When Building Your New Home
Check payments to contractors go to the right bank account
This is an extract from the author's book 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses: Volume 1 Hiring Contractors, Managing Construction and Finishing Your Home'.
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