However, many of these items are also sold by DIY stores. So, with this, is there much point, as a professional tradesman, in buying the goods you need from building merchants?
Simply put - yes, there is. There are numerous benefits to buying building goods from a merchants' warehouse. We've detailed just a small selection of these advantages below.
Purchase in bulk quantities: There's a considerable difference between constructing a house from scratch, and redecorating one - as you're probably well aware. The difference in the amount of materials needed is vast. Whilst some DIY stores might stock building materials, they usually don't stock them in such large volumes.
Building merchants, however, do.
Due to the often tight building schedules builders need to follow, every spare moment counts. They essentially need to be able to have the materials they require, on-site and ready to be used; excursions, as short as they might be, down to a DIY store to purchase extra materials aren't something they want to encounter on a regular basis.
For this reason, by ordering from merchants, builders can ensure that they can buy the materials they need in one go - rather than in a number of frustrating trips.
Delivery: Yes, DIY stores can deliver goods, but can they deliver the bulk amounts required by builders? In most cases the answer's no. Many building merchants possess their own fleets of delivery trucks; complete with crane access they can deliver direct to a building site. This is fantastic as it allows builders to get on with the job at hand, rather than having to spend time unloading precious materials from the back of a van.
Understandably, due to the amount of time this service can save, slots can often be hard to come by at short notice; so it's vitally important if you have a large building project scheduled in, to get the materials ordered and delivery booked well in advance - if you are to avoid the frustration of missing project deadlines.
Merchants can provide additional services - timber cutting and brick matching: Building merchants offer additional services that DIY stores just are capable of providing - usually down to the amount of specialist equipment required to offer such services. A brick matching service, for example, enables builders to provide images of a type of brick they'd like to match.
Using a combination of knowledge and professional experience, building merchants can use the images to identify an exact match, or if not an exact match one with a very similar finish.
The timber cutting services offered by building merchants allow tradespeople to get their timber cut to exactly to the required lengths - saving them a significant amount of time and effort.
Building merchants - like Selco - stock a massive range of the supplies required by professional tradespeople on a daily basis. This article lists and details three of the main advantages of purchasing building supplies from a building merchant over a DIY store.
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