Buying your own fixtures, has become a popular and effective way to save money on your next plumbing job.

Traditionally, plumbers sell you the toilets, sinks, faucets etc. that they install. Typically, they’ll get the items at a professional discount and charge you full price.

They charge full price to make money and to cover costs of returns, storage, etc.

In recent years, however, some of the home center stores now charge you prices that are even lower than the contractor prices plumbers pay their suppliers.

One result is that you and plumbers are shopping at the same stores.

There are many instances where you will do better buying your own fixtures (provided you have the time to shop.)

While this approach can save you money, you need to shop carefully, as there are three things to keep in mind.

First, many fixtures that appear to be great buys are poorly made or are missing adapters, installing kits or other components that normally come with similar products.

Second, if you supply the fixture, the plumber installs it and something goes wrong, there is likely to be some confusion as to is ultimately responsible.

One way to get around this is to check with the plumber up front about what brands or lines he recommends and then buy those brands.

Checking with the plumber up front also gets you around the third problem. Every product or line of products has its own installation quirks. Choosing a fixture that is familiar to your plumber assures that you will get the full advantage of his expertise and experience.

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