Guide To Buying Building Supplies Online

Take advantage of the best products and prices for your requirements, by buying builder supplies online.

These days you can buy pretty much anything you require online, including general builder supplies

Builders would automatically visit their local merchants and source the needed products in the past, but now, you can buy builder supplies online, meaning you can take advantage of the best products and prices for your requirements, without worrying about logistics.

If you are new to buying builder supplies online, you should read this guide to ensure you get the right products, in the right quantities, for your projects.

Know Your Requirements

Before you do anything else or visit any online builders merchants, you need to list the different types of products you require. 

Take all of your measurements and get to know the different pack sizes available to order online, what you can buy individually, and what you need to purchase in a minimum quantity, in one order. 

Be thorough about your requirements to know precisely what you are looking for before starting your search.

Check Availability

Often when you are working on a new project or an ongoing one, you will have deadlines. 

When ordering builder supplies online, check that your chosen merchant has a good selection in stock, so you can get everything you need and potentially more if required, without long wait times. 

While items being out of stock is unavoidable, if supplies are low there is the chance your order might not be wholly fulfilled, leaving you to have to source the materials elsewhere. 

So, be aware of stock levels – most suppliers will display their stock levels on the product listings online, so you know before ordering.


Delivery is a huge part of ordering building supplies online. 

It is easier for you and more convenient. However, always be aware of delivery options or restrictions and costs when you make your order, as delivery options can vary from company to company. 

While only some may offer next day delivery – here at Trade Store, all orders placed before 1 pm Monday to Friday can be delivered to postcodes in mainland UK, the next day.

However, some items may have longer lead times, depending on the delivery address location. So, before placing your order, make sure you are aware of delivery times for all items in your order, so you’re not surprised if/when something doesn’t turn up.

Check FAQs

The more you know about the company supplying your building materials, the better your experience will be. 

If you have any questions regarding stock availability or lead times, you should send an enquiry before ordering, to ensure you have all the information you need. 

Check any FAQs on the website to answer any questions you might have, be it delivery, payment options or anything else.

Shop Around

While it can be easier to source everything you need from one place, don’t be afraid to shop around, especially if your preferred merchant doesn’t have the supplies you need or has an extended lead time. This way, you can rest assured you have everything you need, when you need it.


Like with anything, building suppliers will have facilities for customers to leave reviews regarding their service and experience. 

Head to their website to read testimonials from TrustPilot, to get a feel for the company and how they work. 

Research the company you are using and look for reviews from current or previous customers. This will help you make a more informed decision on who to purchase builder supplies online from.

Buying Builder Supplies Online

When buying builder supplies online, you can make the process much easier if you research the merchants available for your needs, their stock levels and delivery times. 

Knowing their order process, lead times, delivery and order restrictions, will be much easier and smoother for you.

For further information about any of our building supplies, contact our knowledgeable staff via email at