Finding the right tools for your remodeling business can be difficult, not just because you need the most cost-effective and reliable tools for the job, but also because of the sheer volume of tools available on the market. If you’ve been in the remodeling business for a while, you probably already have an inventory of tools that you swear by. It may be that you simply buy the same tools over and over again when they need to be replaced.Instead of rebuying the same tool or brand, ask yourself: Are my tools limiting the quality of my work? Could I do better work with better or more versatile tools? Are my tools helping me to work easier or faster? Would upgrading specific tools improve the quality of my work and lead to more profitable jobs? Once you have answered these questions, you’re ready to shop.
If you’re looking for something different, if you need a new type of tool for a new type of project, or you just aren’t satisfied with the tools you already have, there are a few things you should keep in mind when looking for tools for your remodeling business.
Price Isn’t Everything
When you’re running a business, you’re constantly thinking about costs. It’s understandable to look for the best deal when it comes time to shop for new tools. A cordless drill is a cordless drill, no matter how you hold it, right?
Not necessarily. Remember that the tools you buy are an investment in your business. When you buy cheap tools, you’re making a cheap investment. In some cases, you could be wasting money. Tools that break down or become obsolete quickly will need to be repaired or replaced sooner, so it could be that the money you saved from buying cheaper tools won’t even last.
That being said, you don’t necessarily need to buy the most expensive tools on the market to get a reliable tool for a decent price. Instead of shopping by price, make a wish list and go shopping for deals on those specific items. Talk to distributors to find the right tools for remodelers.
Have you ever bought a brand new, high-quality power tool, used it a few times, then watched in horror as it starts to sputter with no warning? Or maybe it broke after the slightest shake or drop?
When shopping for tools, whether online, on the phone, or in a store, make the durability of your tools a top priority. As a professional remodeler, you’ll be using your tools more frequently than the average hobbyist. That means more wear and tear and more opportunities for accidents, so make sure your tools are up to the job.
It pays to ask questions, too. If you’re shopping for tools online, don’t hesitate to contact the seller or distributor directly to ask about the durability and reliability of tools. They’ll have in-depth knowledge of the products they sell.
Consider Your Health
Since you and your employees are going to be handling the tools you buy for long periods of time, you should consider their impact on your health. Although adhering to standard safety practices is the best way to avoid health risks, your tools themselves can also contribute to a safer working environment.
Tools like sanders and jigsaws vibrate, which can cause additional health problems, so it pays to look for low vibration tools. You can also purchase tools that work with a dust collection system to collect dust at the source, control dust during remodeling, and prevent you and your workers from inhalation risk. Ergonomic tools might be worth buying as well. They’ll be more comfortable to hold and handle.
Buy Tools Online
It may sound counterintuitive, but buying tools online is often the best way to get the right tools for the right price. Online stores may have a more extensive selection than brick and mortar stores and carry a depth of models not available anywhere else. Call the online distributor to discuss which model of tool best fits your situation and type of jobs. A small amount to research and time spent before you buy can save hundreds of hours in the years to come.Do you have a question about the tools you need for your business? Don’t hesitate to contact us.