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Tips on buying building materials

The smart way to buy materials  

It may be tempting to grab your credit card and hit the builders’ merchant as soon as you've got planning permission – but researching where to buy building materials is critical.

One vital step to bear in mind is including planning correct quantities which can bring substantial discounts and other benefits, such as convenient delivery and advice.


Finding building materials

Builders’ merchants such as Jewson have an extensive range of materials – including staples like bricks, blocks, plasterboard and plumbing – and many self-builders find it easier to use a single supplier.

Also, consider specialist suppliers such as British Gypsum, Minster and Ideal Bathrooms for expertise, inspiration and product choice.

Many builders’ merchants carry stock tailored to the requirements of the local planning authority and specifically cater to self-builders.

Another advantage is that it's better to see and feel the product before you buy it. In person, you can get a better and more accurate impression of how they will look in your home. 

A self-build account, such as the one offered by Jewson offers a host of financial benefits, including favourable trade prices and attractive credit terms.

Many suppliers also have a dedicated team of experts ready to offer advice to aspiring self-builders and offer specialist services, such as sustainable materials, tool hire, kitchen and bathroom showrooms, landscaping centres, timber mills, and more.

Finally, try and balance cost and other considerations like quality, requirements and service.

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Quantity Calculators

Do you need one pack or two?

Before you order, why not get a little help with our handy Quantity Calculators to help measure how many tiles, bricks or blocks you need to order for your project?

Did you know?

One of the smartest ways to buy materials is to make use of professional estimators. They can provide you with a full list of materials you need, fully costed, down to the last screw! They can also help you open trade accounts, help you with testing and SAP assessments and make sure you don't forget anything you're going to need.

Build Aviator is recommended as a great service to help you do all this and more.

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