When starting a building project, purchasing lumber can be a daunting experience, particularly if you are ordering specialty lumber. A good lumber provider can mean the difference between a great project experience and a headache. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can look for that will help you decide who to purchase your lumber from.
Knowledge of Product Availability
It is not enough to simply know the different types of lumber. Your provider should also know what types of lumber are easier to get, what is in stock, and how to acquire the amount you need. Many of them work with several different lumberyards to help you out.
Ability to Aquire Speciality Items
Acquiring specialty lumber is one of the most important jobs for a provider. Instead of searching endlessly for one or two particular pieces, your provider should be able to find what you are looking for in half the time. If they don’t have it on hand, they should know where to get it.
Offers Construction Waste Disposal
Construction waste disposal can be a real headache when you are not a contractor. Your provider may buy back certain pieces or at the very least know where you can go to get rid of them. Many lumber providers have disposal facilities on-site. Be sure to ask them about disposal when you make your purchase.
Wide Network of Installers and Contractors
Lumber providers have a lot more access to installers and contractors than your average person. If there is a job that you can’t do, your provider should have several people that they can recommend. They work with a wide variety of people willing to do any job that you can’t. They can often help you find contractors in other areas as well.
If you are looking for specialty lumber or just plain project lumber, a good provider can make your job easier. They will save you time and money.