Nuts & Bolts: 7 Shopping Tips at a Hardware Store

  • Michael Grant
  • August 5, 2017

A hardware and construction supplier who knows what you need as equipment for your project is not easy to find. You can visit a construction and hardware supplier store, walk around the isles and try to figure out what you need, you may or may not get assistance and you may purchase equipment that is able to help partially on your project.

During your project, you discover you are missing additional equipment and have to return back to the store to buy more. To avoid this situation, you want to deal with an expert with unsurpassed knowledge to help you with any type of construction project, whether it is a do-it-yourself project or an over a million dollars’ construction.

Small family sized businesses or construction supplier stores are capable of offering unparalleled products and services and should not be underestimated. Here are some of the capabilities these type of stores can offer:

1. Online Purchase

Similar to large stores, these small stores are equipped to offer online purchases and have the interface, technical support and help center to help you decide on the right tools and equipment to purchase. They even offer returns, refunds and exchanges where applicable.

2. Help Centre

They provide customer service and assistance when needed and when making an important purchase. The staff are technically trained and experienced, they can assist with all types of construction project requirements and they are supportive during important purchase decisions without coercing a purchase.

3. Timings

They accommodate purchases during peak construction times. You want to be sure you have access during the essential moments when you need certain equipment or supplies. Construction starts early and ends early evening. A supplier that operates the same time is convenient when needing equipment urgently or before the construction work day.

4. One Store

It is frustrating having to go to different stores for specific equipment and supplies. It is easier when you have one store to deal with so you can be sure of supplies, tools and equipment when you need it. You may think small stores are not able to provide everything you need for your project, but you will be surprised by a small store’s immense capabilities and connections which can present a lot of savings.

5. Website

Sometimes a small sized or family owned business may not have a website and only a store existence, but in today’s competitive environment especially when there are known brands, a website is essential for survival. These businesses and stores are equally capable of hosting a website with a categorized product list, registration and online payment capabilities. Their websites are simple, easy to use and are designed in a way to easily navigate through their product categories.

6. Find a store that cares

You really want to purchase the right power tools and equipment that can help you achieve many project milestones without unnecessary spending. It is questionable on whether such a store exists, but they do. These types of suppliers provide you with guidance during your project progress, they advise you on the equipment you should use to achieve optimal results, they take personal interest in ensuring that your project is a success with the right set of tools and equipment.

These suppliers may not be as huge as the big brands as they can be family owned businesses or small suppliers, but they make sure they service their customers well and take time to train their staff so they are knowledgeable on the tools and equipment offered at the store.

7. Never underestimate small suppliers

We have the tendency to avoid small stores as we think they cannot provide everything we need for a construction project, but you will be amazed with the advancement of such stores and their ability to offer more in services and savings.

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Hello, my name is Michael and I'm a cancer survivor. I'm also a home entrepreneur and stay-at-home grandfather. In the past thirty years, I've dabbled in the the financial sector, the technology industry, as well as a little business consulting. I guess you can call me a jack of all trades!