When you’re building or remodeling a home, one of the finishing touches is the flooring. While seemingly innocuous, the house floor covering you choose can make the difference between the home selling quickly and it lingering on the market. So it’s imperative that you choose the flooring that your customers want while still getting the price that your budget requires.
No matter what home floor covering you choose (among the most popular today are laminate flooring, hardwood flooring and carpet), you need to find distributors and wholesalers of home floor covering that are able to give you the best bang for your buck. Often, the best deals from distributors of home flooring are found online. Even with the cost of shipping, you can still save substantial money.
When looking for wholesalers of home flooring to help your business, among the key points to consider are:
- The cost-benefits of buying from national home floor distributors versus local flooring distributors and manufacturers;
- The potential drawbacks of buying in bulk;
- The importance of ensuring you only get first-quality home floor covering.
Purchase from online floor covering distributors to save a bundleBecause most of the online distributors of home flooring don't have a showroom with pretty displays, their overhead is much lower and they pass that savings on to you. Yes, you will pay for shipping, but it is usually still a better price than you can find in a local store. If you're lucky enough to live near a distribution point for one of these companies, you can save even more because you may be able to avoid shipping.
Avoid the pitfalls of buying home floor covering in bulkSome distributors and wholesalers of home floor covering offer you the best price when you buy the flooring in bulk--enough flooring for several houses. While this can be appealing, you should consider the costs of this as well. Not only will you need to have a place large enough to store all the house floor covering, you may be required to pay inventory tax on it to your state. In addition, you're much more likely to have odd quantities of leftover flooring that you can neither use nor sell, further reducing your savings.
Buy first-quality flooring every timeWhen looking at distributors and wholesalers of home floor covering, occasionally you'll find companies that offer substantial discounts on second-quality flooring. While this may seem appealing at first, it's not a good standard of practice. It can be difficult to properly install factory seconds, and the house floor covering may not last as your customers would expect. Either way, you risk your reputation as a quality builder.
- If you have local floor covering distributors with whom you have a strong working relationship, don't hesitate to ask them to price-match an offer you've found online; expect them to include any shipping costs in the matching price.