How to Get Building Materials Wholesale


You probably want to make your building or remodeling project as economical and cost-effective as possible, while maintaining quality. When you start to purchase your building materials, think about these ways to possibly buy at wholesale prices. You don't have to be a professional builder to get these prices.

  • Learn that nowadays, building materials suppliers are quite competitive. Don't buy at the first place you visit. Shop prices on all materials you need for your projects. You may find that most building material companies like to beat their competitors' prices, if you have a written quote from a building material company. This normally means you buy at wholesale prices, because a company drops their prices to beat their competitors.

  • Go to a building materials company with a large order. These companies usually price the material at a building contractor's price. This is basically wholesale price-range and saves you about 10 to 15 percent on your material costs. If the floor salesman isn't open to giving you wholesale prices because you are not a contractor or because you don't have an account with the company, ask to speak to the manager. A manager, more often than not, will allow you to buy at wholesale, rather than lose a customer.

  • Visit specialty supply companies (such as vinyl siding, for example) and get building materials wholesale. These companies may sell to individuals at wholesale prices when you order a complete package. You must order complete packages, however. They rarely cut deals for "bits and pieces" orders.

  • Get building materials wholesale at outlet suppliers. These suppliers carry over-runs of different materials, which may be sold at wholesale prices. The materials are still first-grade items, unlike your "scratch and dent" stores. It's important to be educated on the standard pricing of certain materials you need before you actually go to buy.

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