When working on a large construction project, often your greatest cost is all the supplies you need to complete your project. Here are three ways you can save money on building supplies.
#1 Get A Contractors Discount
If you are a licensed contractor in your state, you can often get a discount on building supplies from building supply stores and companies. Ask the different stores that you shop out if they have a contractor's discount program. You generally need to show your state issued contractor's license number in order to qualify for the contractor's discount program. Many contractor's discount programs allow you to purchase building supplies at wholesale prices instead of at the marked up price charged to regular consumers.
#2 Buy In Bulk
Second, instead of purchasing supplies in small amounts at a time, consider buying in bulk. Figure out all the supplies you need for not only the current project you are working on, but your next project as well. Oftentimes, the more building supplies you purchase, the cheaper they are. For example, if you purchase one package of asphalt shingle, you'll pay full mark-up for them. But if you purchase twenty packages of asphalt shingles, you'll save 20% on them. This is true for pretty much every type of building supply; the more you buy, the less stores and manufacturers will charge you. They charge you less because they are getting a guaranteed sale and moving a large quantity of product all at once.
#3 Rent Tools
If you have a job that requires the use of a highly specialized tool, that doesn't mean that you have to purchase that tool. Instead, look into stores that allow you to rent tools. Renting a highly specialized tool can save you a lot of money, especially if you know that is not a tool that you are going to need to use again for another project.
When you rent specialized tools, make sure that you have everything set-up and ready before you rent the tool. Tool rentals often charge you per hour or per day, so you want to have all elements of the project together so you can complete it as quickly as possible. Setting up the job for the specialized tool you are renting after you rent the tool will cost you additional money and raise the cost of your project.
Save on building supplies for your next project by asking for a contractor's discount, buying items in bulk and renting specialized tools that you will not use again.