TIPS TO HELP SHOP FOR A REMODEL
Small mistakes when shopping for materials can cause the cost of a remodel to go up. This is more so when considering that about half of the total cost of a remodel goes to materials. Being careful with the pitfalls enables you to make the most of your investment. You may already know that it is always best to go for approved quality materials and shop from reputable vendors. In addition to that, below are some additional tips you should consider to guide you through shopping may it be for the heated floors or the whole building.
UNDERSTAND THE DRAWBACKS OF BUYING OFF THE SHELF
When shopping, you need to consider if the item appears to have been returned or opened. If it has a broken seal you should stay away from it. Returned and opened items often have missing parts and may be damaged. What is more is that you need to know what you are really looking for when shopping in the local store. If you are considering plumbing fixtures, you need to confirm that they are made of brass and not plastic disguised as metal. In the case of paint, you should note that cheap paint will need more coats and it usually fades faster.
GET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LUMBERYARDS AND SHOWROOMS
Don’t buy materials for your floor heating from just any supplier. You need to get recommendations from builders and other homeowners who handled similar projects before. Always ask around for suggestions on the best places to buy your desired materials. To avoid frustrations, you must add 30% to the delivery time that you are told.
YOU WILL NOT ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU THINK YOU ARE PAYING FOR
When shopping for materials, you need to spend a little more time in research. Most of the popular brands will spend more resources on advertising than on creating quality products. You need to ensure that the product you are about to spend money on is current. Always check for online reviews and look for warranties. Warranties are a must when shopping for such things as floor heating systems.
DON’T BE THE GUINEA PIG
New products on the market offer great promises. However, if they have not been tested, don’t allow yourself to be the guinea pig. To avoid frustrations, you want to use materials that have been in the market for years and those that have been found to offer great performance.
Shipping costs will heighten the price. When buying materials for warm floors, you should consider buying local. With this option, you will not be charged extra for shipping and the materials will arrive on time. What is more is that with the local stores, returning faulty materials is easier.
The above points will help you get started on the right path. Other things you should consider doing is buying extra materials in case something goes wrong and buying the materials early. The last minute rush will increase room for mistakes and cause delays in your project.