Last updated on November 28, 2022

Wondering if you should let your contractor buy materials for your project?

We’ve been in the business long enough to know that not everyone trusts contractors. A lot of homeowners think that contractors overcharge, especially when it comes to material costs. As a result, many people choose to buy materials for the contractor so that they can be sure they’re getting a fair price.

Normally, HomeWorx will choose not to work with clients who want to buy their own material. We’ve just experienced to many problems in the past when clients buy their own materials and we end up on the losing end.

There are some serious benefits to letting the contractor buy materials. We’ve outlined a few of them below.

contractor buying materials in lumber yard


We Get a Discount

Contrary to some people’s beliefs, we don’t overcharge for the sake of it. But, when we buy the materials, it takes extra time and effort. So, we charge for extra labor in order to compensate our team properly.

But, we also get a discount. Retail stores usually give special discounts to contractors. So, when we make a purchase, some stores give us between 15% and 20% off the total cost.

Once we add in the cost of extra labor, the price usually evens out. So in reality, a homeowner who buys their own materials doesn’t actually save any money. In fact, they’re likely to pay the same price or more than we’d charge them.

We’ll Ensure that the Materials are Quality

One of the biggest problems we run into is customers buying poor quality materials. Warped wood and other defective materials can really put a damper on the project.

Everyone on the HomeWorx team is a professional, so we’re able to spot bad materials when we see them. Allowing us to make the purchase then ensures that everything is up to standard and we can make your remodel the best possible project.

Additionally, we work closely with our suppliers. So, if we happen to bump into some defective materials, it’s a lot easier for us to return them. A homeowner, on the other hand, has a harder time dealing with the issue.

does contractor buy materials: sheet rock

We Know How Much We Need

Oftentimes, customers don’t buy the correct amount of materials. When a customer fails to provide us with all of the material we need to complete a project, we have to go out and purchase them ourselves.

Of course, we end up tacking this onto the final bill, along with an extra charge for the added time.

The benefit of having your contractor purchase materials is that it ensures all of the materials are ready before the project begins. We’ll outline all material costs in the initial proposal, so you’ll know what you’re spending. Generally, the remodel goes much smoother and the final bill is much smaller.

You Save Time and Energy

Finally, allowing us to buy materials saves you the headache of doing it yourself. It takes time and effort to research what you need, where you can get it, and who has the best price. But, we already know what we need, where to buy it, and how to get it at a fair price. So, by trusting us to take care of the materials, you’ll save yourself a lot of time. You can just sit back, relax, and wait for us to transform your home.

contractor buying and carrying materials

Should Your Contractor Buy Materials for Your Project

At the end of the day, it is your decision on whether or not to have your contractor buy the materials for your project. In our experience, we have found it to be best when we buy all of the materials as we can secure the right materials at a discounted price before your project is started.

If you decide to have your contractor buy the materials for your project, make sure they are an experienced and trusted contractor who is looking out for your best interest. While our team at HomeWorx is founded on treating our client’s projects as if it were our own, we can’t say the same for all other contractors. If you have any questions, or would like HomeWorx to handle your project, reach out to us today! We would love to help in any way we can.