Being a contractor often involves making sure that you have readily available building supplies to be able to quickly meet your client’s demands. There are some supplies that you can conveniently keep on the back of a work truck, such as electrical cutting and drilling tools. You can also keep nails, screws, and other small items in the same area. Larger items like lumber and braces, usually need to be purchased right before the work begins.
If you have the storage space, then consider getting building supplies that are recycled. Try to find out when large businesses or homes are being remodeled or torn down so that you can purchase some of the materials that are salvageable. Some stores take materials that have been used, refurbish them and then sell them to contractors at a reduced rate.
Another option is to buy supplies during the off-season. In the summer, there are usually more people who are building decks and working on outdoor projects, so the winter items are likely on sale. In the winter, you should think about purchasing lumber as many people don't work on projects outdoors at this time. Many stores will discount items to get them out of the store, which is a benefit for you as you can keep more supplies on hand for the future building season when it begins.