Builders and repair people alike will know what electrical wholesalers are and what they do. For those that do not know, put simply they are suppliers and distributors of electrical products, these are sold wholesale and those that own their business will find them most useful. Unless of course you take a dab hand at building yourself then you may find them as equally as useful.
However not all professionals use electrical wholesalers to obtain the things that they need, often non-skilled people, myself for instance, tend to approach them for simple odd devices such as domestic fuses, plugs and the odd cable wiring. I found this most useful when my partner and I decided to convert our spare room into a dedicated cinema and games room.
Since both of us were big fans of old movies and vintage arcade games, we decided we could finally make use of our spare room. Neither of us had any experience in building or construction, and we knew it was going to be a challenge. The problem was where to start with this project and how we were going to go about changing the room. It was obvious that we needed a plan.
We began by sketching out what we were going to do and planning how the room would be set out. The first thing we did to help us with this was to measure the room then scale it down so we had an accurate view of what the result of our hard labour would be. The tricky part was arranging where everything would sit.
For those thinking about renovating their rooms or beginning their own construction work, without prior experience will need to be prepared to be working for a long period, you will need to make time to plan and sketch out what exactly you want to do with the room. Then you will need to compile systematic plans of the construction work itself, making sure you know what exactly you want to do e.g. will you need to take the floor boards out? Do you need to consider the electrics? What needs replacing and working on first?
You may have very little knowledge about electrical wiring and fittings. The best thing to do, if you are working on a budget, is to ask for advice from people who are professionals in this field. Or if you know of people that have had experience with working on things like this, it would be a good idea to call on a few favours. However, you can always read up on all of this yourself, if you are able to understand this better. My advice would be to gain as much help as you can get so as not to go wrong in your efforts.
The electrics are always the most important part of building work. We sought advice from professional electricians, before actually approaching electrical wholesalers to get the equipments and devices we needed. Seems odd to approach wholesalers to order things, but we felt they were the best value for money, had better productivity and the chances are we were going to find what we needed from them at short notice. I would not normally recommend them for people who out to do simple building work like us, as mentioned before this is only good for business people.
Ordering materials for doing conversions and building work is the part that will need a bit of time and consideration. The mistake we had made was ordering too many MDF woods, in the end we were left with spares and we were not able to take these back. If you are working on a budget, you will need to calculate exactly how much you need. You do not want to waste money on buying more than you need.
Always keep a list of your finances and record how much you are spending. If you have a tight budget, expect to go over this limit, as you will face unpredictable situations. In our case, we had the water-tank in the room, which need to be replaced and moved. In order to this, we needed to call upon professionals who could help us with plumbing that in the end took up some of our budget.
It is never easy having work completed to your house, whether it is you doing the work or you are having it done by professional builders. However, it would be silly to assume that you will have it all done and dusted on a specified deadline, because you have to allow for changing circumstances beyond your control. The main point is to keep working on it, and in due time, you will feel satisfied by the result.
Anna Stenning is an expert on electrical wholesalers having worked alongside with them in the past, and having used their help when she decided to convert or spare room.