Suppliers, Hire & DIY

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Suppliers, Hire and DIY encompasses the areas that both the home renovator and the professional can look to in order to gain the equipment and materials needed to safely complete a home improvement project. 

Read on for more information about suppliers, hire and DIY:

The Benefits of Using These Companies

  • A supplier or hire professional will have all of the materials that you need for any given project. They will also be able to give you advice on the best materials or equipment for your project.  If they do not have the exact thing that you require, they will be able to order it in for you, saving you both the hassle and time of looking somewhere else.

  • Professionals will also be able to install or erect equipment and or materials as necessary.  This is particularly appropriate in the categories of scaffolding and skip and truck hire.  However, this also spills over to carpets and rugs.

  • Equipment hire professionals may also be able to provide an operator if one is needed.  This can make a project take significantly shorter to complete.


Equipment Hire, Scaffolding and Skip & Truck Hire

  • Equipment hire may include such things as power tools, hand tools, pumps, generators, pressure cleaners, welders, excavators and air compressors, just to name a few.  Because equipment hire professionals cater to both the industry and to the DIYer, they are able to give you advice on how to select and operate equipment.  If necessary, the equipment should be delivered and picked up for you.

  • Scaffolding is a temporary framework that will allow you to complete projects on the outside of your house, such as painting or cleaning the exteriors.  It is also far more comfortable and convenient than using a ladder.  For safety reasons, professionals should always erect and dismantle scaffolding.

  • Skip and truck hire is an excellent way to get rid of the waste that may accumulate when undergoing a project.  As bin sizes range from small to very large, the company will give you advice on the right size bin for you.  They will deliver the bin and take it away for you when it is full – meaning that you don’t have to worry about the inconvenience and cost of disposing of the waste yourself.

  • Furniture removal companies are able to provide a wide range of services, from simply providing advice about your move to a comprehensive service that includes packing, unpacking, insurance and storage.  The first stage in any move is the planning stage.  This will help you determine such things as the time available for the move, the level of services you will need, the actual items that need to be moved to the new home, and what sort of budget you have. You can opt to take charge of the moving process by packing all of your goods and simply having the company move them to where they are required or, alternatively, you can choose to have the company complete the entire process for you.


Garden Supplies and Nurseries

  • Garden suppliers generally provide the non-living elements of the garden such as irrigation, drainage, paving and soil, to provide some examples.  These are all part of the “hardscaping” of the garden and help to make the garden both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  In some ways, it is the backbone of the garden.  It can be confusing to choose the right materials for yourself, so taking along a drawing of your garden or a copy of your garden design, the professional will be able to help you out with selecting the right materials.

  • Nurseries provide the living elements of the garden, or the “softscaping”.  By visiting a nursery, you will be able to have a look through the massive range of plants that are available in most generalist nurseries.  If you’ve decided that you would like to have a specialized garden such as a native or exotic garden, there are nurseries available that are able to cater to this.  Because soil and climate conditions vary within different areas of Australia, and even in different suburbs, the nursery staff will be able to give you professional advice on the plants that will grow best in your garden.  They can even help you out with a design service in some instances.

  • Garden ornaments are a relatively inexpensive way to create stylish focal points in the garden and enhance the look and feel of your outdoor space. Popular ornaments include wind chimes, statues, stone troughs and urns, pedestals, benches, sundials and bird feeders.

  • Outdoor furniture is another way to improve your outdoor space, as well as add functionality to your garden. There is a wide choice of material available, including wood, aluminium, wicker, rattan, iron and resin.


Building Supplies and Hardware

  • Building suppliers are the people that supply you with everything that you need to complete a home improvement project.  Such services include the cutting and dressing of timber, tool sharpening, and material delivery.  Even though building suppliers often deal with a professional, they also cater to the DIYer.  This is very useful as they are able to provide the DIYer with some tips on how to get a professional looking finish as well as providing help on how to choose the appropriate materials for whatever the project may be.

  • Hardware, while referring to all of the items that can be found in a hardware store, actually refers to items such as hinges, fasteners, fittings and ropes etc.  However, modern hardware stores stock a much greater range of items and, indeed, it is possible to find all of the materials necessary for a project in just one given store.  Because hardware professionals have access to such a wide range of items, their knowledge is vast and their specialized knowledge makes them ideal people to ask for help if it is needed.

  • Tile suppliers are responsible for providing all tiles and materials for completing a tiling project in your home. They can advise on the suitability of tiles for areas of your home, as well as order the tiles you will need for the job. They can also help you calculate how many tiles you will need according to the size of the space and your budget.


Carpets and Rugs

  • Carpets and rugs are classified as soft furnishings and are a great way to add comfort and style to a home.  Carpets and rugs are available in a massive range of styles, colours, patterns and materials so they suit anything from the minimalist home to the rich and ornate.  New stain resistant technologies in carpets mean that you don’t have to worry about unsightly stains that you can’t seem to get rid of completely.

  • If you don’t like the idea of installing new carpet in an area, a rug is a great way to fill an empty space and they can be easily updated to suit changing décor without significant extra cost.

Second Hand Furniture & Furniture Retailers

  • Second hand furniture can be an inexpensive way to furnish your home and add character to your living space. You can pick up many common household items second hand including lounges, beds, dining suits, dressers, wardrobes, mirrors and lamps.

  • Furniture retailers have a large range of furniture available depending on your space and budget. When choosing a furniture retailer, bear in mind the type of furniture they sell, the cost of the pieces, where the retailer is located, and whether financing or leasing options are offered.


  • Storage becomes necessary when you need to move items out of your home and store them for a short or long period of time. When choosing a storage company, you will need to find out the cost of storing the items, as well as any available insurance. Also ensure the storage area is secure and easy to access.



  • Mirrors can be used to improve the feeling of space and light in any area of the home. Choose from segmented, curved, etched, sandblasted or tinted mirrors and consider a wide range of finishes to produce a different look and feel. Mirror suppliers are able to supply and install mirrors in any shape or size and provide frames.


Bathroom Accessories

  • Bathroom accessories are the items that come into play once the renovation work has been completed in your space. Bathroom accessories include towel rails, toilet roll holders, toothbrush holders, waste bins, shower curtains, mirrors and tap ware. There is a seemingly limitless number of styles and options available to suit all budgets, tastes and decor, so you are sure to find the bathroom accessories to suit your space


Paint Suppliers

  • Paint suppliers provide all the paint and materials to complete a painting project in your home. They are also on hand to advice on how best to plan and complete your project. Paint suppliers can assist with colour matching, advice on colour schemes, ordering specialty paint if needed and advising on different painting techniques to apply.


  • Lighting is not only a functional aspect of your home, it can also be used to set a mood and create an inviting ambience. Lighting suppliers can provide you with all kinds of lighting to suit your needs including spotlights, downlights, wall or ceiling lights, lamps, garden lights, chandeliers and solar lights.

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