With my bill of materials BOM in draft form I got on the phone with The Home Depot and asked for an e-mail address I could send it to, got one, and sent it off. This would give me a rough idea what this whole thing would cost, as up until this point, I really had no idea. 20k? 10k? 5k?
HD came back with a price of 6000.
After a bit more polishing of the list, I sent it out to the following lumber yards on Jul 7, the date and time next to their name is when they responded with a quote.
Allen Lumber Co. - Jul 8, 8:30am
Lavalleys Home Center – Jul 12 8:30am
Bethel Mills Lumber Co. – Jul 8, 11am
I sent out a quote to this one on Jul 11 at 8:30am.
Lowes Home Center – Jul 11 2:42pm
Lowes certainly won for response time, it was the same day, that afternoon that they got back to me. Next would be Allen Lumber, then Bethel Mills.
So after I got responses from all the lumber yards I plugged all the unit prices into a spreadsheet and with some conditional formatting (not seen here) It showed me exactly what I wanted to see. Turns out lavalleys was lower on basically everything except the plywood flooring. So I ordered it up through them, on thursday, requesting that it had to be there by friday the next day 5pm.
Well they did their best and got it there at 6. It took the guy 2 hours to unload it because he was totally cool, and let me figure out how to get everything as close as possible to the garage. Phew. Time to start building.