Sourcing hardwood can be tough especially if you do not know what to look for in good hardwood; not all hardwoods are the same. You may thus find yourself asking for help from a hardwood supplier who will take care of everything. As also not all hardwood suppliers are similar, there are a few things that they should possess in order to make them worth working with.
Reliability and Quality
Reliability comes in when delivery is needed on time. A good supplier should deliver the goods on time and with the agreed upon hardwood. Quality is also important. Thus, the supplier should provide good quality hardwood consistently.
You will find that some hardwood suppliers have limited options for you to choose from, or that they specialize in only one type of hardwood. A good supplier will have a multitude of options for you to choose from, such as engineered, stock solid and locking down hardwoods. This way, you can be able to shop comfortably under one roof, and work with just one supplier, as opposed to dealing with multiple suppliers on different products.
It’s a well known fact that hardwoods are pricier than other wood. Therefore, the pricing that you get for hardwood should be reasonably in between or a little over the usual market price. Getting hardwood that goes for much less is rather very questionable, one might wonder whether it is really hardwood on sale, or if there is some problems associated with the wood, and that’s why it going for such a low price. Check whether the pricing is offered on wholesale or per square foot of hardwood, and see if this is a good supplier to work with.
A good hardwood supplier should most preferably be located near you. If the supplier is located miles away, chances are that the shipping may take time, and in some cases you may have to pay for the shipping costs. Delays can also happen and for those who need the hardwood rather urgently may get disappointed.
It is good to have a supplier that has a brick and mortar store as well as good online presence. This will help you in browsing through the various types of hardwood they have on offer, as well as check and compare prices. This saves you a lot of time spent in going in and out of the store in search for this information.
Excellent Customer Service
This cannot go unmentioned in finding a good supplier. Communication is the main thing here, and a good supplier will make sure that they constantly communicate with you to ensure that your needs are met and that they keep you in the know on the delivery of your chosen hardwood.