Why You Should Always Have Your Remodel Contractor Supply Materials

Why You Should Always Have Your Remodel Contractor Supply Materials

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?

Why You Should Always Have Your Remodel Contractor Supply Materials

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?

Why You Should Always Have Your Remodel Contractor Supply MaterialsThere 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.


2019-10-31T09:58:11-06:00December 1, 2015|Categories: Home Remodeling, Homeowner Tips|Tags: |12 Comments

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  1. Judy Wilson June 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I need to remodel my home, so I was wondering if I would be better off providing the supplies for the contractor or if the company should provide the supplies needed for renovations. You made an interesting point about how contractors might have a store or a supplier they prefer, so that would be a better way to get a good deal on supplies. If that’s the case, I’ll try to be more open minded with who a contractor would rather shop with.

  2. jill September 11, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Your information regarding clients purchasing their own materials is very timely. My husband is a renovation contractor. First of all, I am shocked how many people would rather look at the almighty dollar than have an experienced renovator do quality work. It makes me think that the handy-man who dabbles in cheap reno jobs and advertises in Kijiji is more likely to get the jobs!

    My husband has run into a number of clients who will go out and look for similar materials after my husband has specifically noted that they are looking at a custom job and certain items could not be purchase off the shelf.He had one client who wanted to remodel her bathroom and turn a narrow closet into a walk-in shower. My husband spent a lot of time taking measurements and discussing the project in great detail with the husband and wife. He explained that it could be done but because of the odd dimensions of the space, placement of air vents, plumbing etc,etc. a custom shower would have to be built. You can imagine the multitude of custom elements required to build this walk-in shower that only a specialist would know! We subsequently learned that the woman went to a store after and was” told” that a much cheaper prefab shower would work in this existing closet and she was ready to order it. Further conversations with her husband lead my husband to believe she was going to do this with the entire bathroom remodel. Needless to say, my husband walked away:)

    Thank you for your blog. This is not only helpful for clients but for renovation contractors too!

  3. Jon Lopez October 6, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    It makes sense to me that you would want your contractor to buy your building material for you. It would be a lot easier for him or her to return a product, and I would imagine they would know the best brands to buy. That would be the way I would want to go at least.

  4. Dave Anderson December 2, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I am going to remodel my house but I am worried that if I pick out the materials there is a possibility that they won’t work with what the contractor is going to do. I had not thought about defected materials. But like you said if the contractor buys the materials they will have to replace them if there are any problems. I had thought that buying the materials on my own would be cheaper and better, however, after weighing out the options, I think it would be better for the contractor to choose.

  5. Siaosi March 29, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I like how you mentioned that contractors get better deal on supplies. I would like to have a contractor help me remodel my bathroom completely. I think it would be nice to have the whole thing fixed up.

  6. Braden Bills April 6, 2017 at 8:36 am

    I want to make sure that I handle everything correctly when I get my remodeling project done. It makes sense that I would want to buy my materials from a professional! That way I don’t have to worry about them being inadequate.

  7. Gloria Durst November 21, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I appreciate how you say that you would want to consider samples when choosing building supplies. Looking at something like tile or other flooring before you buy it would give you a good idea if it is right for you. My brother is looking for some construction materials, so he’ll have to consider getting samples first.

  8. Karen Miller-Bell December 29, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I’m having a major issue with defective grey kitchen cabinets that my (licence, bonded) contractor picked out and installed. This was a major water damage insurance job and my insurance company thoroughly vetted the contractor before allowing him to work on the job.

    Cracks in one of the cabinet doors started appearing a month after installation. My contractor says they are “knots” in the manufactured wood.

    His supplier , The Cabinets Outlet 19761 Bahama St. Northridge, Ca. 91324, told him their cabinets do not contain knots. After my contractor insisted the supplier replace the door he uninstalled and sent it back and they replaced it.

    Now another month later cracks are showing on 8 additional doors. The supplier is giving our contractor a hard time, not wanting to replace the additional doors, insisting that all 8 have to be uninstalled, with the hardware removed and sent delivered to them for “inspection” at our cost and risk of further unrelated damage. Then they will decided whether they want to replace them!

    Any suggestions to help get the supplier to to the right thing and replace these defective doors?

    • Bryan Sebring January 9, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Hi Karen,

      So sorry to hear about your water damaged property. Unfortunately we wouldn’t have any helpful information regarding an insurance claim because we do not work with insurance companies. In addition, we use a different cabinetry line and they have different warranty periods, so we wouldn’t be able to provide any useful information regarding that company’s products.

      Best of luck, hope you are able to get your home back to a better state then before the water damage!

      Bryan Sebring

  9. Karen Miller-Bell January 9, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks Bryan for taking the time to reply. Hopefully we can get this resolved through our contractor.

  10. Erol January 31, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I agree that if a contractor gets all your supplies, it can be cheaper and better quality. With the quality, I also mean better fit for the problem and the contractor is more familiar with how to use the materials.

  11. Denise June 26, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Great information. We are in the process of remodeling our bathroom and needed that info. I was prepared to purchase everything on my own. But one of the contractors is factoring in the cost of purchasing the bathroom fixtures in the estimate.

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