It’s your remodel. You want the finished product to look exactly as you had imagined when you began the design. What better way to make sure this is a reality than purchasing all the building materials yourself, right? This is actually a dangerous task to take on.
What’s the Danger?
One of the biggest reasons you will want to allow your remodel contractor to supply materials for your home remodel project is because of the chance that defects will occur. If a defect occurs in materials that your remodel contractor has supplied, they will be obligated to replace that item. However, if you have supplied the materials, this is not the case. Instead, you will have the responsibility of replacing the item and paying to have it installed again.
For homeowners who are unfamiliar with these types of products, it is extremely difficult to notice these defects. However, a contractor will have the knowledge and experience to recognize when an issue is present. This could help save you time on your project because they will be able to notice many defects before they even buy the supplies. When you buy your own supplies, it is possible that the defect will not be noticed until it has already been installed.
Are There Certain Building Materials I Can Buy?
It’s usually best and more convenient to leave the purchasing up to your remodel contractor. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t look at items and let your remodel contractor know which ones you want to buy. Seeing the items in person may actually give you a better idea as to how they will look in your home. Most of the time, however, contractors will have samples for you to look at and choose from. It’s likely that you will be able to find a selection you like from these samples.
The most important items to stay away from buying on your own are major supplies like tile, cabinets, windows, bath fixtures and other major parts of your remodel. Not only could they be damaged, but they could come in the wrong size. If this is the case, you will have to go through the hassle of returning the item for the correct size. Instead, allow your contractor to do this work for you.
There are some things that you can purchase and supply for your contractor, however. For example, purchasing light fixtures, bathroom accessories and appliances is acceptable. Before you run out to the store, make sure you have all the specifications in hand for your remodel. While that large chandelier may look beautiful in the store, it may not work in your home. Doors will still need to open and it will need to provide clearance for those walking underneath it. This is just one of the many things you will need to consider when you are making your purchases.
Can I Save Money Buying it Myself?
There is a chance that you can save money on products when you buy them yourself. While your remodel contractor may have a particular store or supplier that he prefers, you may be able to find a good deal by being more open to who you shop with. However, there are still some pitfalls to consider.
When you are finding good deals on building materials, it is possible that something has caused them to become discounted. For example, a box may be opened, which could mean that it is missing parts or is damaged. Keep in mind that there are some things that you definitely get what you pay for. Building supplies tend to fall into this category. For those who are making some of their own purchases, make sure you stick with the same brand of items throughout your home or remodel. You will find that color and size specifications tend to be different depending on the brand you choose, which can affect the overall look of your remodel. For this reason, it is best to keep everything consistent, even if you are having to pay extra to do so.
Your remodel will go much smoother if you allow the contractor to purchase all of the major building supplies. However, there are still ways that you can save money throughout this process. For more information check the chapter “When is Your Turn to Buy?” in our free E-book: Remodeling 101.