Question by  Andrew195 (33)

How can I buy construction materials at cost?

I am trying to build my own vacation home and need to save money.


Answer by  cmc94 (302)

Andrew, it would help if you mention which part of the world or the USA you are from.


Answer by  sleepyjey (248)

Getting construction material at cost for an individual will be difficult. See if you can tag along with some construction company that is buying the same material and get some surplus from them at discount rates. This may involve a lot of running around and haggling! May be a pain!


Answer by  enlightened (206)

If you need construction materials at cost price you will need to contact the wholesale dealer. Look up your yellow pages or an internet classifieds in your locality. Also look at surrounding areas and balance out the transport costs if you get better rates.


Answer by  kashfiakhan (24)

first the design should be made with local and cost effective materials. the locally built materials are found at very cheap price. choose materials that are easily maintainable and long lasting. construction site and plan should be measured properly to find out at what quantity of material is needed so that no wastage can be happened.


Answer by  JB19 (167)

Your best bet is to make friends with a contractor. Place an ad asking for a currently licensed contractor to take you around to supply houses in exchange for $50 a day or so. Require that they have current accounts with suppliers and you should be able to save a bundle.


Answer by  ferfer72 (2623)

In most states, you need to have a tax ID to allow you to purchase materials at wholesale prices. Laws vary from state to state, so look up yours.

Reply by jeyR (264):
Aw! I didn't know that. Do you need a registered company or something like that to purchase at wholesale rates? Or will an individual with a tax ID be eligible?  add a comment
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