Shopping for remodeling materials is certainly one of the more enjoyable parts of remodeling your home.  

While hitting the showrooms may not be your usual form of retail therapy, it’s an exciting opportunity to bring your new space to life, but unlike impulse buying a new T-shirt or pair of shoes, this is one shopping expedition that requires considerable thought and planning!

Showroom Shopping

Shopping for renovation materials generally isn’t a case of going to a hardware store to pick up items you’ll take home with you that day. It’s best to make an appointment at a showroom (or a few) so you can look at the different material options in person, with a knowledgeable salesperson who can help you. 

Once you’ve chosen your materials, make sure you show samples to your contractor. Normally, they’ll place the actual orders thereby ensuring the quantities and measurements are correct. The materials are going to be part of your home for a long time, so take your time and put a lot of thought into choosing them!

Read these 5 home renovation shopping tips to help you get the most of your time and budget.

5 tips for shopping for your home renovation

1. Be upfront

The showroom designers are there to help you. However, they often work on commission (and may have incentive to sell you certain products) so be sure to let them know your needs and budget upfront. That way they can avoid showing you things that are way out of your price range or that don’t align with your renovation goals.

2. Take plenty of pictures

This is not the time to be camera shy! Be sure to not only take pictures of your choices, but also snap a few pics of any showroom vignettes or displays that you may want to emulate in your home. This will help you remember what you liked and help your contractor understand what you want.

3. Ask for samples

Most showrooms allow you to take samples of materials home with you — whether that’s on-the-spot or by ordering them for you. Take them up on this! This will help you visualize how everything is going to fit into the overall aesthetics of your home, and allow you to see materials in different lighting (things can look very different in the day than they do at night!).

4. Check out the lead times

The last thing you want is to pick a material that pushes your renovation timeline back by weeks, or even months!  So while you’re in the showroom, be sure to ask about lead times to avoid any unexpected delays.

5. Remember, patterns matter

Many modern tiles allow for a few different installation patterns, including monolithic (all facing the same way), brick (when they’re offset by tile width) and quarter turn (each tile is rotated 90 degrees from the tile before it). Be sure you are clear on which installation pattern you’re after so your contractor can account for the appropriate amount of “waste” and order the right quantity of material.

By following these 5 simple tips, you can ensure the shopping process goes smoothly and set yourself up for a successful build. 

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