Regardless of what kind of project you are working on, choosing the right building supply company is a challenge. Trying to find reliable people and quality materials can be stressful. How do you know which companies to trust? Where do you go to find the right information? The good news is that you can filter out the amateurs by following these simple steps.
Step One: Contact your local hardware store. Chances are good that your local hardware store will have in-depth knowledge about which building supply companies in your region are the best. The owner and employees will have worked with most of the major material distributors, carpenters, and contractors in the area. If you ask them who they think will best suit your job, they will be able to point you in the right direction. Tell them what you want to do, the types of materials you think you need, and the amount of money you want to invest in your project. They can give you a short list of reliable companies. If you have more than one local hardware store, check with the others as well. It’s always a good idea to get more than one opinion.
Step Two: Call the building supply companies on your short list. Ask them for references of contractors or companies with which they’ve worked. Ask them where they get their materials and how they select their materials. You can also search these companies online. Find out how respected they are in the community. If you search for news articles related to the company’s name, you will find out whether that company has any red flags on their record.
Step Three: Contact the references the building supply companies give you. Ask them their opinion of working with the companies you are considering. If you have the chance, visit buildings or other structures created with the materials from the companies on your list.
Step Four: Make appointments with the building supply companies that really spark your interest and creativity. Sometimes, you’ll know exactly what you want for a project right off the bat. Other times, you need help locating the best materials for the job. Tell the companies’ representatives what your vision is and what you really want out of the project. Show them your materials budget and discuss any budget concerns you have. Remember: they want to help you. If you tell them why you want to build your project and your financial perimeters, they can help you bring your vision to life.
Your project should be a representation of your creativity and hard work. If you take the time and care to select the best companies, you will be able to find the best people and materials to help you achieve your goal, meaning that the end result will be something you can be proud of.