How to Buy Wholesale Materials When Building a Home

DIY home builders and contractors can buy wholesale building materials.

DIY home builders and contractors can buy wholesale building materials.

Building your own house gives you the opportunity to have your home exactly as you want it to be. You can make the kitchen large enough to fit a double oven and commercial fridge or add a built-in bocce ball court in the backyard. But building your own home is expensive, especially if you are trying to source materials on your own. Many professional builders have bulk discounts and commercial trade deals in place that lower their material costs. And these wholesale discounts are frequently available to anyone who is buying materials in bulk, which means you may be able to take advantage of wholesale discounts when purchasing materials for your new home.

The Wholesale Benefit

Wholesale buying enables retailers to buy large quantities of products from manufacturers to sell in smaller quantities to individual customers. Because the retailer needs to make a profit, they buy at a low wholesale price, then sell the products for a higher retail price. Typically, only retailers purchase wholesale which requires buying a minimum quantity of goods to get a discount. Buying at wholesale means you would have a minimum quantity to meet before you could purchase and could end up with a surplus of an item. But because homebuilding requires so many construction materials, it may make sense to buy some of those materials in bulk to save money rather than buy at retail.

Determining What Materials To Buy Wholesale

It's cost-effective to purchase those materials you need in higher quantities at wholesale prices. You can determine which materials you'll need the most of by making a list of everything needed for your upcoming construction project. Many builders use their building plan throughout the project and stay organized by dividing their materials list into separate sections for the frame, interior rooms and exterior of the structure.

It is essential to estimate the retail cost of each type of building material you need because some materials may not be available at wholesale pricing and some may be more efficient to buy at your local hardware store at retail. You can use your building plans to determine the amount of lumber, concrete, shingles and other items needed to complete the foundation, frame and roof of your new house. Determining interior square footage is quickly done by multiplying the length times the width of each room to accurately order flooring, cabinetry and paint.

Finding Wholesale Goods

A convenient way to source wholesale building materials is online. Working with online construction wholesalers allows you to order different materials from different vendors, securing the best price. You can also easily compare prices and even set up price alerts to make sure you're getting the absolute best deal on your building materials. Because wholesalers sell only in bulk, make sure the amount of material you need meets their shipping minimums. If you don't want to shop online, many local lumber yards, hardware stores and wholesale construction dealers in your area may offer discounts if you are willing to buy in bulk. At some local hardware stores, you may be able to get a builder's discount on all your purchases.

Tip

  • Ask the building contractors, architects or other professionals who are helping you to build your home to check into wholesale sources and prices for you. They might work with wholesalers that are willing to match the prices you find.

Warning

  • Avoid having materials delivered to the construction site too far ahead of schedule. The longer the materials sit, the more vulnerable they become to the elements and theft.
 

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Bea is a personal finance and legal writer based in Texas.

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