I am often asked where we as builders source our supplies from. Do we have trade secrets or different suppliers to those that are available to the general public. I thought that I would create a bit of a series and share this information with you all. I hope it to be especially helpful for the DIYes among us.
Where to Buy Hardware
This is a big general topic and one that I will actually refine over the coming weeks as we don’t have one particular supplier. We use several suppliers, some small, some large and mostly price dependent as they all have similar quality. Another big point for us to take into consideration is the availability of each produce and how that works for our workflow. Keeping a job ticking over is one of the most important aspects of our job, therefor if we need to pay a little more to get the supplies in the right place at the right time, we would be mad not to.
Bunnings is one of those places that we are able to get just about all of what we need at the drop of a hat. Not always the cheapest of our suppliers with only a small trade discount on offer, they certainly are the most convenient of the lot and rarely run out of stock.
Finlaysons have a huge range of timber and hardware products and are very competitively priced. Especially helpful for specialty orders of skirting and timber fret work etc for the many Queenslanders we renovate. Finlaysons is a great option to check out if you are renovating and are looking to keep with the original theme.
A Wood Shed
Only a small set up, but conveniently located for us in Ipswich and Darra, these guys have a moderate supply of the hardware we require. Their pricing is very competitive considering the size of their business. If you are a local or can get access to the stores, I would definitely suggest checking them out.
Sids Place, Home Hardware and Mitre 10
While all more of a retail type set up, when given the opportunity, these smaller stores are often able to compete. Again far more convenient than the bigger style hardware stores, very handy for when we need something in a rush, though I wouldn’t discount them on a larger order either. These businesses are used to competing with the likes of Bunnings, and deserve an opportunity to help you out. Great source of advice as well.
That’s it, we have no secret as such. When dealing with hardware suppliers we find that there are horses for courses and use them all accordingly.
Do you have an item you would like to know where we as builders source from? Are you a home DIYer or a builder looking for advice?