Being the best local contractor in town undoubtedly comes with much experience, skill and know-how when it comes to getting the best deals on materials (which often ends up being your or your customer’s biggest expense). From domestic remodels to revamping shop fronts for the New Year, finding aluminium doors and windows in a metropolitan area like Johannesburg, for example, is easier than getting a hold of them in the countryside. While supporting your local suppliers is a good idea, these materials are only scarce if you don't know where to look! Here are some tips on how to get the most bang for your buck:
Buying from store outlets comes with a downside
When getting goods off the shelf, one often faces the danger of purchasing material that has been damaged during transportation or even being opened before purchase. Avoid the drawbacks of having to return goods and risking exceeding your budget by inspecting packaging and goods before buying them, or order your goods from a trustworthy supplier!
Know what you're looking for
If you’ve been in the business long enough, you’ll already have a trustworthy network that can supply you with quality goods. If you haven’t yet built up your own network, attend material showrooms and conventions to gain exposure to the variety of materials available, their benefits and their drawbacks – and, of course, where you can get them for the best prices!
Assess what needs to be done well
When remodelling a home on a budget, getting a quality job done relies heavily on your material quality. Communicating this effectively to your customers will do well for your reputation. Always provide them with the option of purchasing quality items and endorse a long term investment, as this often prevents excessive return visits that can become difficult for you and your customers.
Order locally when it doesn’t compromise on cost or quality
Getting an aluminium window frame from a local vendor in Johannesburg instead of buying from an international vendor means that you’ll be excluding the risk of in-transit damage to your goods, as well as keep shipping costs to a minimum. On top of that, this will go a long way in helping you establish a stronger relationship with local suppliers that could definitely benefit you in future!