As with any renovation, these days you want to be able to obtain a quality product at a reasonable price. Sifting through all of the mass marketing that is done by the big chain stores (like Home Depot or Lowe’s) is part of the task of finding good products at a reasonable price, but also weeding through the countless online advertisements that will come your way when your looking for building products – is another task that you must face when looking for the best deals. With a little bit of guidance and by learning a few quick steps, you will be able to navigate your way through the maze of building products and onto the bargains that are out there.
The biggest misconception that you must over come is that you are always going to get the best deal at the big retail stores. Yes these stores are fine for certain building products like drywall or lumber, but they (the big chain stores) will lead you into the store with better pricing on these products and then while your there you buy other products at inflated prices. A good example of where you can save some money is on plumbing and lighting fixtures. You can easily save 20-35% on fixtures by simply doing a search online. Another example is RTA products such as RTA bathroom vanities or RTA kitchen cabinets. Online stores (the better online stores) will sell these type of cabinets and vanities at about thirty five (35%) less than a retail store. These big stores are there for your convience, you can get almost everything at one place, but unfortunately you will pay for this convenience. To sum it up, only buy certain items in the large home supply chain stores, buy your other products online or shop around and see what other deals are out there. It might take you a little more time, but you can literally save thousands of dollars. (I know we did when we bought our kitchen cabinets online, instead of from a retail store.)
So now that your on line and shopping for home improvement products — here are some quick tips that will help you save money and find quality products. Research and comparison shopping are going to be the two keys to finding a bargain. Say for example your buying light fixtures. Go to a few sites, compare prices, read about the company your buying from and then make a smarter decision. You should also consider EBay for certain building products. The site has millions of choices and some of them are very good deals. Again do some research and make an informed decision. You want to make sure that whoever you are buying from online, that they are a reputable company, have a physical address, and can provide customer service support in the event that something is wrong with the product.
You also want to be aware of what an advertisement is and what a true search is. If you’re doing a Google search, make sure you avoid the paid searches at the top and right side of the page, instead look at the “organic” searches that are right below the paid searches. These web sites are the real deal and are not paying to be there – instead these sites are here because they have the best product and the best prices. The paid searches are naturally going to charge you more, because they are paying to be there. So keep this in mind when you are looking for anything online.
As I mentioned before and a good way to summarize everything is to again make the point of doing research. If you find a good site online, then go to a comparable site and match pricing. See how prices compare and make sure the quality is the same. (I.e. Apples to Apples). If you do these things and keep all of this in mind you should be able to find some great deals and some quality too.