Rehabbing 4 apartments- buying in bulk?

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I'm about to start rehab on a 4 unit apartment building.  I was wondering if people buy items in bulk for apartment rehabs?  For example, we will need 16 ceiling fans and I'm wondering if that quantity can be purchased at a discount, and if so, where?  



If you call the store manager of any big box store and tell him your business is rehabbing apartments and you would like to start a purchase arrangement with his store, you can expect 10-15% discounts off of the shelf price. 

We have the local stores actually doing our shopping for us, discounting the items and then making arrangements with our maintenance team to come and pick up the material.  We live up to our end of the bargain by putting a large amount of money through their stores. 

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