Buying New Tools and Materials - Both chain hardware stores and lumbers stores like Home Depot or Ace Hardware and local hardware stores offers great options for both new tools and materials. You can also buy tools online, but in general it’s a good idea to take a look at tools in person before buying them.
Buying Secondhand Tools and Materials - Some communities have reuse stores where you can purchase tools secondhand or leftover building materials. Try searching for terms like “architectural salvage,” “reuse,” “reuse stores,” or “building reuse store” in your area and see what pops up. These stores are a great place to find lightly used materials at a cheaper price than you can find in new stores.
Renting tools is another great option if you’re trying to keep the budget down. Home Depot offers tool rentals and even trucks if you need more space for moving things around. There may also be local rental options in your area. Search “tool rental” with the name of your town and see what pops up.
Borrowing Tools - This is also a great time utilize your community! Don’t be shy about asking friends and neighbors if they have tools you could use, either to borrow or as donations. Different communities have different forums and if you don’t know already, a little research should turn up the best ways to reach your greater community. Be clear about what the tools will be used for, how long you need them, where they’ll be stored, and when their owners will get them back in order to make people feel more comfortable with the idea. For extra points, agree to pay for or replace the tools if they’re damaged or broken during the course of your project.