Budget DIY: How to save money on real wood flooring

If you’re planning a house renovation, or simply want to add value to your home by redecorating a room with real wood flooring, it’s possible to minimise costs with one simple tip, so read on to find out how…Considering buying solid oak flooring for your house? Well, first of all, that’s a fantastic choice. Now that you have decided to take the plunge, how do you intend to purchase your favourite solid oak flooring or engineered oak flooring? One option is to go to a hardwood flooring shop like Nexus Flooring, and purchase it from there. Another option is to buy it online; believe it or not, but buying hardwood flooring online will prove to be the best decision you ever make in the history of your house. Read on to find out some of the reasons why and how you too can benefit from it.

SAVINGS ALL THE WAY

Many people do an online search for savings on their favourite products – clothing, shoes, books etc – before buying so why not look for savings on hardwood flooring as well? Yes, there ARE discounts available on wooden flooring; you just need to be patient enough to explore the different options, read the reviews of previous customers and set purchase your dream flooring online. More and more DIY companies are taking their products to the internet, and online retail stores don’t incur costs like rent, electricity, manpower etc and these savings are passed on to the customers in the form of lower-priced goods.

DIRECT DELIVERY

Once you place the order for your preferred solid oak flooring or engineered oak flooring options, all flooring deliveries are made directly to your house by Less-than-Truckload (LTL) carriers. In other words, you can reduce shipping costs as LTL carriers combine individual units to reduce handling costs and transit damages. At the same time, if your product is getting shipped from overseas, you can rest assured your wooden flooring will be covered by shipping insurance, to avoid any mishaps during the transit phase.

LESS MARKUPS

Step away from the product markup of distributor and retailer: During the production phases, different costs are levied on the product, as it passes from one stage to another. When you order wood flooring online, you can actually get it directly from the mill, which means you bypass all the intermediate agents, thereby saving additional costs and the hassles of dealing with multiple vendors/people/agents.

MORE OPTIONS

Due to a lack of space, many brick and mortar stores don’t keep too many samples in their shops. This way, a consumer is pressed for choices, as there’s not much to choose from. However that can change if you consider buying online as a viable option. With countless options to choose from, the buyer gets to choose the best design, colour, make, wood type, finish, etc. without having to rush through the formalities. Oh, and you can still see the product ‘in real life’ before you buy when you order samples. 

With so many benefits of buying online, a lot of people are making big savings by purchasing their products online. All of my wood flooring was bought online – I was happy with the samples I received so took the plunge and put in the order. And I made huge savings in comparison to the big DIY stores I’d been visiting. And I didn’t have to lug the product home in my car – they were all delivered straight to my home, phew!

Let me know if you’ve also bought DIY supplies for your home online and please share your experiences by leaving me a comment below 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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