Five top tips for buying from a builders merchant

At James Burrell we value the knowledge and friendliness of the staff at every one of our branches and over a series of blogs we're going to be sharing some of their top tips for getting your next project off to a great start.

Whether tradesman or general public at James Burrell we’re here to help so visit one of our showroom & sales offices to get friendly advice and a free quotation on the materials you require​.

This week we're looking at the best points to consider before going to a builders merchant- from searching out new products to making the most of bulk buys. Read our expert advice and visit our Facebook and Twitter to share your own top tips for buying from a builders merchant.

1- Do your research

Whether you're beginning a brand new project, or re-ordering your 50th pack of tiles, taking some time to seek out advice can prove very beneficial. Innovation is constantly happening in our industry and there could be new products on the market which help you to complete your task more efficiently or even more cost-effectively.

If research is not for you, our team are also on hand to provide opinions and advice about all of the products we carry. We will be happy to talk through your latest job with you.

2- Calculate quantities and cost

We've heard the classic line about measuring twice and cutting once, but accurately measuring out all of the potential materials required for your build can ensure you don't just save money on re-ordering but save time having to re-order and halting jobs because you've ran low on the essentials.

If you do find yourself with a shortfall in materials, our branches all offer free delivery for trade and cash account customers, meaning we can bring purchases to you and prevent any major delays.

3- Open a trading account

When you're stocking up on materials and you don't want to worry about any bumps in your cash flow, opening a trade account can be a flexible and helpful solution- helping you to budget and stay on top of your latest purchases.

4- Talk to a member of the team

Our team have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge about everything from civils, drainage, timber and roofing, to insulation and heavy side building materials. Whether it's advice about how to tackle a challenge in your latest project, ensuring you have the correct additional tools to complete the job, or if you're just looking for some advice on new innovations, our branch staff are here to help.

5- Buying in bulk

While this isn't always practical, purchasing materials that you know you regularly use can work out very cost-effective, from potential discounts to removing the need for repeat trips. While we'd all like to think we could be this organised, for those who lack a lot of storage space, or work to quick turnarounds, we also offer an express service, with just one hour from order to collection- ensuring that picking up any orders is a smooth and easy process.

These are just a few of our tips to make buying from a builders merchants as easy as possible- we look forward to reading yours on our social channels.