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Can I save money with builder’s merchants?

When it comes to sourcing materials, we all want to get the best possible deal. Mike Hardwick looks at what that means for self-builders – and whether merchants are the right place to put your money

Building your own home will, for many of you, represent the biggest shopping trip of your life. Even on modest projects you’ll be looking at material costs running into £10,000s – and in fact, most schemes will easily hit six figures.

Unsurprisingly, there’s no shortage of retailers waiting to relieve you of your hard-earned cash; but how can you decide where best to spend it? With the now ubiquitous presence of the internet offering up seemingly endless choice and frequently very competitive prices, why don’t we just buy everything online?

This month, I’ll explain why I would always recommend considering more traditional routes – and how you can get maximum value for money.

What are builder’s merchants?

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Get your self-build or renovation project started with advice & inspiration from Build It magazine. Here's what to expect in the January issue: • How the Rogers built an Arts & Crafts-style modern home • The latest on smart home technology • Are woodburning stoves eco friendly? • Heating options for renovations • Avoiding grand designs disasters • Plot Watch: Did they get planning consent? ...and much more!