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10 top tips for buying building materials

Self build expert Mike Hardwick reveals the tricks you need to know to ensure you get real value for money when sourcing the products you need

When John Hislop took on his second project, he already had a strong idea of what was involved. “I knew how many blockers I’d need per m2, for example, and worked out roughly what I needed for the whole house,” he says. “But the local builder’s merchant proved a great resource, as they had a dedicated service for self builders and would phone around to get prices for me.”

The materials that go into your project can make or break the finished result – so it’s worth taking the time at the early stages to ensure you’re making the right decisions, and buying the right stuff. You’ll probably have some clear goals in mind at the start of your scheme in terms of the quality and performance level you’re hoping to achieve; but just like any other self build or renovator, you’ll also want to ensure you get maximum value for money. Here are my top 10 tips to help you do just that:

1 Buy within your budget

Falling in love with a designer kitchen or bathroom is fine if you have a generous budget. But for most of us, funds are limited and choices have to be made. If finances are tight on your project, then be realistic about what you can buy with the money you have. Getting carried away and spending thousands on the perfect bathroom suite because you spotted it in the showroom and set your heart on it, for example, could mean either compromising elsewhere or running the risk of blowing the overall budget.

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The December edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project a success – including: • A unique modular home (page 20) • How to get basement extensions right (page 62) • 15 renovation ideas to add value and kerb appeal (page 66) • Will smart heating save you money? (page 73) • The latest woodburner trends and costs (page83) … and much more!