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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.


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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

A Small Business Owner's Guide To Choosing A Lumber Supplier

by Scott Gordon

Whether you plan to start a small business selling custom furniture or maybe you want to venture into the world of constructing tiny houses, whatever the case, you will need a steady supply of lumber to meet the demands of your business. The most convenient and cost-effective way to meet your supply demands is to partner with a lumber supplier. Here is a quick guide to help you get started. 


By this point, aside from the occasional custom design order, you likely have a preference when it comes to the types of wood you work with most often. Start the supplier selection process by asking the supplier what their availability is like for the types of wood you need most often. Some suppliers can get access to all types of wood, and then there are some suppliers who specialize in certain types of wood based on their location, so always ask.


Find out what options the supplier offers for delivery. Given that your orders will likely not be massive in size, the supplier may be able to arrange a process by which your lumber orders can be delivered directly to your location. Not only will this feature help ensure you have easier access to your supplies, but it may also save you money and time when you consider the expenses associated with self-transporting your orders.  


Cost is likely a very important factor for your small business, so do not hesitate to ask the supplier about the costs associated with establishing an account with their company.  Typically, suppliers base cost on volume. The more you purchase, the lower the rate of the lumber pieces. However, when comparing suppliers, do not focus on the rate alone, but also on what the rate includes, such as higher quality lumber of included delivery costs. 


Undoubtedly, one of the other factors to consider is the quality of the wood the supplier offers. When it comes to quality, it can be hard to label lumber bad or good because how and what the lumber is being used for will determine the level of quality necessary. When you speak with the supplier, ask about the grade of the wood they have available to help you determine if it meets your quality needs. 

Use the above tips as an outline for selecting a new lumber supplier for your business needs to ensure you find a partnership that meets all your demands.