Sourcing materials abroad

T he seemingly limitless reach of the internet has transformed our buying habits – and its impact stretches to the self build and renovation market, too. No longer are we restricted to DIY sheds and local merchants. With a range of online suppliers, we can look further afield and even contemplate buying from abroad in our search for the best products and materials.

Sometimes, the items you’re looking for aren’t routinely stocked in the UK. For instance, you might be after a new piece of technology or innovative eco gadget that’s yet to catch on here. Spreading your search to other countries can open up a greater spectrum of choice – but buying abroad is not without risk, and there are a few potential pitfalls that must be avoided. Here’s what you need to know when purchasing outside the UK.

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