8 Tips for Buying at a Builders’ Merchants

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Almost all of us will end up buying a significant portion of the building materials for our self builds or renovated homes. Everything from windows to bricks, floor coverings to cement could be handled not by our builders, but by us.

Building is still in many ways a closed shop, meaning outsiders tend to get befuddled by jargon and excluded from the best deals (‘trade counters’) being one example.

Peter Eade

Builder Peter Eade has spent a lifetime running his own building business, specialising in project management and design