Building supplies are an essential aspect of your landscape renovation project. They allow you to build gazebos, pavements, swimming pools, driveways and fences. Below is a guide discussing the considerations you should make when sourcing building supplies for your landscaping project.
Your landscape design will enable you to determine the materials that you need for your project. If possible, engage a professional landscaper as you design your landscape. Although you will bear an extra cost, the professional will give you a wide range of design ideas to choose from. Experienced landscapers can conduct some quantity surveying to calculate the building supplies required to complete the works. If possible, the landscaper should divide the materials according to the various works. For instance, what materials do you need to build the pavements? What do you need to construct a patio? Remember, you could opt to conduct the works in phases. It is especially so if you are on a budget or have a tight schedule.
Some homeowners are conflicted over whether they should outsource the building materials or purchase them independently. Outsourcing is when you ask your landscaper to supply the building materials. It is a preferable choice if you do not have the time and resources required to purchase these building supplies. Besides, most landscapers have long-term relationships with building supply shops. Therefore, they can source the materials at cheaper rates. It is, however, prudent that you ask the landscaper for a quote before giving them the go-ahead to provide the materials. It helps you determine whether you are getting value for your money.
DIY enthusiasts will opt to purchase the building supplies themselves. If this is your case, consider the following:
Always go for quality materials. For instance, use pressure-treated wood and galvanised metal products. Roofing and flooring products must have a warranty. Besides, check the weight limits of the interlocking pavers and concrete slabs you purchase.
Conduct internet research and consult with your landscaper to identify manufacturers that make durable products. You want products that are market-tested and with positive reviews.
Your building supplier should be a one-stop shop for all your landscaping supplies. Ask several suppliers to give a quote for the required supplies. Go for the cheapest and one that offers support services such as free transport.
Open a trading account with the supplier. It allows you to take advantage of loyalty discounts. A credit account will allow you to purchase supplies on credit.
When sourcing building supplies for your landscaping project, determine the required quantities, work with a landscaper if you opt to outsource the supplies and observe the recommended buying tips.