What is a supplier?

As the name suggests, suppliers provide all the materials and services needed for building projects. The term ‘supplier’ encompasses a very diverse range of roles, duties, and skills. As such, their responsibilities vary from project to project. The best suppliers are reliable and efficient, and as a result, they have great relationships with their clients. Many Sydney construction companies consistently use the same suppliers for these reasons. While many suppliers cater exclusively to the commercial and trade industries, some also work on residential projects.

What is a supplier’s role?

As we mentioned above, the role of a supplier can revolve around materials or services. For example, a building company may use an external supplier to source the following materials: timber, tools, windows, frames, and roof tiles. They can also supply – and sometimes recommend – the machinery needed for a project. While many construction companies do have machinery and tools on hand, they often use suppliers for projects that require more innovative materials. Some suppliers stock recycled materials, which is convenient for those building companies that have environmental criteria to meet. In terms of services, suppliers can offer delivery, the cutting and dressing of wood, and the sharpening of tools.

What should you consider when hiring a supplier?

As a general rule, suppliers operate very differently. That is why it’s so important to have a few things that always need to be ticked off before hiring one. Here are some criteria to look out for:

  • Does the supplier have a good reputation and referral rate?
  • Which companies use the supplier? (If tier one and two building companies use them, then it’s safe to say that they are efficient).
  • Are they a niche supplier, or can they supply everything you need? (If they do, this will save you a lot of time in the long run!).
  • Do they supply good quality materials and machinery?
  • Do they guarantee they can meet your deadline?
  • How are they priced in comparison to other suppliers?

When dealing with anyone in the building industry, it’s a good idea to take the time to make careful decisions. Before placing an order with a supplier, the most important thing is to make sure they’re reputable. Also, it’s smart to compare a few quotes before deciding which supplier to go with.

Suppliers are an integral group in the construction industry. Without them, it would be both difficult and time-consuming for Sydney commercial builders to source high quality materials and services.

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