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.
Pros And Cons Of Buying Your Own Construction Materials
Purchasing your own construction materials may appear to be a good deal, but it comes with its own set of concerns.
Remodeling your home is not only thrilling, but it is also an excellent strategy to raise the your home’s value, particularly if you renovate your kitchen or bathroom. However, these projects can be costly upfront, and if money is an issue, you’re certainly looking money-saving ways, such as finding home repair materials yourself.
Purchasing your own building supplies for your house remodel, on the other hand, offers advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes it’s best to let your home remodeling contractor handle everything, including the materials. Other times, doing the work of purchasing the construction materials oneself is the best option. We’ll assist you in making your decision.
Pros Of Buying Your Own Materials
You Can Select From Many Product Options
You may be able to access a wider choice of possibilities that your local general contractor may not be able to provide because they only work with specific brands or items. As a result, you now have more products to compare. Furthermore, if you want to focus on buying green, you can buy used materials and products to save money.
Suppose you want to utilize a specific type of material or focus on sustainability. Then you can discuss this with your contractor before hiring if you aren’t set on purchasing materials yourself.
You Can Carry Out Comparison Shopping
Because you are in charge of purchasing the materials in this scenario, you can obtain many quotes from various businesses and seek multiple estimates from local professionals. Then you may compare apples to apples to determine the best materials deal and the most qualified contractor for the job. Keep in mind that not every contractor will be ready to work with you if you buy your own materials, so be honest with them.
You should also know the disadvantages, such as the fact that you are liable for anything that goes wrong with your materials by default. If you run out of supplies, it is your responsibility to get them as soon as possible so that the project does not suffer.
Cons Of Buying Your Own Construction Materials
You May Not Be Able To Work With All Contractors
Many contractors may decide not to work with homeowners who purchase their own materials because they want to guarantee both the labor and the materials. This factor may limit who you can hire.
If Something Goes Wrong, You’re On The Hook
When you purchase your own building materials, you are responsible for any damage, missing, or incomplete items, which might cause delays in your home remodeling project. Your contractor will only be held accountable for their work.
You Need To Spend Time Shopping
It takes time and experience to determine what kind of supplies you require and how much material to purchase. Expect to spend several hours researching and even more time visiting stores in person. On the other hand, a professional knows exactly what they require and where to find it.
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.