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7-Material Savings - Electronic Edition

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7-Material Savings contains the following strategies:

  • 7-1. Written budget
  • 7-10. Buy factory or government surplus.
  • 7-11. Work at a home center store.
  • 7-12. Track prices on major budget items.
  • 7-13. Store closings
  • 7-14. Piggyback
  • 7-15. Buy at construction auctions.
  • 7-16. Buy salvage material.
  • 7-17. Use recycled materials.
  • 7-18. Items from remodeling jobs
  • 7-19. Thrift stores
  • 7-2. Use a spreadsheet.
  • 7-20. Unbundle.
  • 7-21. Buy contractor returns.
  • 7-22. Clever floor coverings.
  • 7-23. Buy in lots and divide.
  • 7-24. Take the EPA exam.
  • 7-25. On-site container
  • 7-26. Rough-cut lumber
  • 7-27. Culled lumber
  • 7-28. Buy lumber from a mill.
  • 7-29. Short loads of concrete
  • 7-3. Know what things cost.
  • 7-30. Storage unit sales
  • 7-31. Buy in the off-season.
  • 7-32. Buy from a freight liquidator.
  • 7-33. “Friend of a friend”
  • 7-34. Free or cheap sod
  • 7-35. Seed instead of sod
  • 7-36. Be a Parade of Homes house.
  • 7-37. Be a demonstration house.
  • 7-38. Use MDF for your woodwork.
  • 7-39. Brick smarts
  • 7-4. Schedule in writing.
  • 7-40. Lock in prices before increase.
  • 7-41. Work for a contractor.
  • 7-42. Buddy up.
  • 7-43. Written comparison
  • 7-44. Select items that maintain value.
  • 7-45. Long distance shopping
  • 7-46. Buy materials through other tradesmen.
  • 7-47. Boneyard
  • 7-5. Always get three or more bids.
  • 7-6. Do the round robin.
  • 7-7. Get it in writing.
  • 7-8. Buy materials separate from labor.
  • 7-9. Keep your job site clean and organized.

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