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Whether large or small, the biggest challenge with any home renovation project is often sourcing the best materials.  You want to keep within your budget but you want a certain look.  You have timescales to comply with but everything is cheaper online.  So what are the expert tips in getting the right balance for a cost effective, timely and successful renovation?


Plan Ahead

Regardless whether you are stripping the wallpaper to paint the walls of your front room or having a major extension, the key to success beings with planning ahead.  The more time you have, the more places you can consider for finding the materials you need and therefore the better price you pay.  

There’s no doubt that online shopping is a great way to get a lot of the materials for a renovation project but there are two downfalls.  One is the cost of delivery, which can sometimes be offset by minimum spends or special deals.  The other is the time needed to receive the materials.  By planning ahead to see what you need and how long it will take to receive it, then you can order in plenty of time to stick to your schedule.


Going Shopping

If you don’t like online shopping or can’t find what you want, then a trip to the shops is in order.  But which shops?  One good idea is to speak to the contractors working on the project if you have some.  They will always know where they get materials at the best price and may even offer to get some of them for you.  While they might add a charge, they will often get a discount in the first place so you won’t be any worse off and the stress is saved.

If you are going DIY, then talk to people in the industry to find out ideas about where you should go shopping.  While the mainstream DIY stores are great for a lot of stuff, it also helps to get to know where the specialists and the trade places are – many of these will still deal with the public.


Understand Your Materials

While a lot of materials are pretty straightforward, it is worth understanding what the difference between the variations can mean.  While paint and such virtually does what it says on the tin, other materials can be a little more complicated.  For example, copper pipe comes in different diameters but also different thicknesses – thinner is cheaper but is also more likely to break apart and cause a leak.

Make sure you read into what you are buying – the internet can be a big help for this.  A little research to understand the different specifications or variations of a material can save money and time in the long run.  And if in doubt, get some advice!  While shops might want to sell you things, they mostly also want to sell you the right things so you are happy and come back.  Make use of their knowledge to get the right materials first time around.

Author Bio: Darren Lester is the founder of SpecifiedBy, a product specification platform for self-builders, architects and contractors.



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    Agree with the majority of the comments here. You can always get samples from companies too. On-line or instore, as even in your hands it may look ok, but when you can hold it literally against your curtains, furniture, flooring etc It will give you much better idea if it suits.


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