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Frequently Asked Questions
What can be returned?
We can process general returns and refunds only for items purchased from Build.com or one of its affiliates. We accept returns within 90 days of when the order was placed. There's no minimum value on returns and restocking fees are only applicable for flooring products (Click here for details).
You can return an item if the following criteria is met:
- must be in resellable condition
- must be free from scratches and/or defects
- must not have been installed
- must have the original packaging for the item, and there cannot be any writing on the original packaging.
Clearance items are not eligible for return unless defective. Please be aware that due to the nature of clearance sales, the item immediately falls under manufacturer warranty.
Build.com isn't responsible for any labor costs incurred.
Items that have had gasoline put in them are NOT returnable due to shipping restrictions on hazardous materials. Items that are special ordered may not be returnable, but please call our Support Team for further information at (800) 375-3403. If the item is defective or damaged, we will issue credit in full OR send you a replacement product if it's still available for purchase. Call customer service at (800-375-3403) if you're uncertain about any part of this return information or if you have unanswered questions.
How do I set up a return?
Setting up a return online is quick and easy. Just login to your account to access our returns tool.
Customer must return packages using a traceable source (like FedEx or UPS, but not USPS). All items must be returned with their assigned return authorization (RGA) number. Items returned without an RGA number may delay credit.
Build.com provides pre-paid labels (PPLs) on all general returns when you set up a return through the call center. The cost to ship the item back to us is deducted from the credit the customer receives once the item is returned.
*We do not accept general returns for GE products. Once they are signed for free and clear, the items are accepted as is and cannot be returned.
How do I cancel my order?
If you have a cancellation request, we highly recommend contacting our call center staff at (800) 375-3403 as this allows us to process your request as fast as possible. You can cancel your order up until the time it has left our drop ship vendor. Once the items are en route, it then becomes a return and restocking fees may apply.
How do I send you my return?
Once you've setup your return, you'll receive an email with an RGA number within 3-5 business days. Your shipping label or a shipping address with be included in a follow-up email.
What is an RGA and how long will it take to receive it after I set up my return?
An RGA is the Return Authorization Number that we use to help track your return. This identifies the return with your order number. It typically takes around 3 to 5 business days to process.
Do I have to pay for shipping on my return?
Only if you are doing a general return. If the item is defective, then we do not charge you shipping.
What is a PPL and when will I receive it after I set up my return?
A PPL is a pre-paid label to return your item. It will be sent instantaneously on defective or damaged returns.
I just set up a return. When do I get my credit back?
We will process your credit once we have confirmation that the item has been received by our warehouse. Please allow up to two weeks for credit to be issued. Credit will be issued to the payment method used on the original order.
How do call tags work?
A call tag is set up when a shipping carrier needs to pick up an item from your home and deliver it back to our warehouse. A call tag is usually issued on defective returns when an item shipped freight. A call tag takes 24 hours to process and then the carrier will make up to 3 attempts to come to your home.
When and why do I have to pay a restocking fee?
We only charge a restocking fee on flooring. For more specifics about flooring, see "I purchased flooring, how do I return it?".
My purchase was defective, how do I return it?
You can set up a return online by logging into your account (to see a step by step refer to "How do I set up a return" above.) All defective returns must be set up within 60 days from the day you receive your product. There are no restocking fees on defective returns.
The following manufacturers do NOT accept defective returns: Campbell Hausfeld and Ridgid. Instead, items must be sent or taken to an authorized service center where they'll be inspected and repaired or replaced at the manufacturer's discretion.
I purchased flooring, how do I return it?
When receiving flooring it is important to confirm the order accuracy and contact us immediately with any discrepencies or changes. Once an order has been placed and fulfilled, the ability to change or cancel the order is not guaranteed.
If you need to cancel your order, please call us immediately. Order cancellations must be initiated over the phone. Orders canceled after being shipped will be treated as a "return" and will be assessed a 25% non-negotiable restocking fee plus any associated freight charges. If you need to return an order, you may return only unopened and resalable cartons of flooring. Items must be returned within 30 days after receipt, some restrictions apply. Returned product will be assessed a 25% non-negotiable restocking fee plus any associated freight charges.
We will accept returns on entire orders and partial orders with a 1 carton minimum. Since we only sell in full-box quantities, we only accept returns in full-box quantities. All wood flooring manufacturers recommend that you purchase 5% additional flooring to use as a waste factor. We do not take back waste, or left-over flooring pieces. Returned products must be in resalable condition and in their original packaging.
My purchase was damaged in transit, how do I return it?
Please inspect the merchandise immediately when you receive it. All claims for damages or shortage/deduction must be made within 3 days of delivery. After the product has been cut or installed, we will not be able to help with any complaints on damages, including visible or material defects.
My purchase was lost in transit, what do I do?
In the case of a lost shipment please contact our Sales Support Team as soon as possible.
How do I set up a freight claim?
Please inspect your merchandise as soon as you receive it. It is important to mark on your delivery receipt or bill of lading at the time of delivery if any damages are noticed including missing parts, pieces, rolls, or boxes. All claims for damages or shortage/deduction must be made within 3 days after delivery. Again, we will not be able to help with any complaints on damages, including visible or material defects, after the product has been cut or installed.
Please follow the steps below so your claim can be processed in a timely manner:
- Provide a brief description of the issue
- Provide a minimum of 6 pictures clearly showing the issue
- Reference your order number on all communications
- Include contact information; email address and a working phone number
- Include preferred resolution, either credit or replacement
I received the wrong product what do I do?
There are occasions when an order is shipped from multiple locations and will arrive at different times. In the event that all material is not delivered, please call our Support Team immediately. If you believe you have received the wrong product, please verify the item number of the item(s) you received compared to you order confirmation and/or invoice. If it does not match, please call our support team so we can assist in returning the item and get the correct one sent out.
How can I tell if my product is in stock?
On every product page, you'll see the availability status of the item. The stock status will display one of two things:
- The product is in stock with an anticipated shipping time.
- The product is out of stock.
When a product page says there's zero in stock, that doesn't necessarily mean the item is sold out or on backorder. For the most accurate and up-to-date stock status, call our product specialists at (800) 375-3403.
Where can I find the manufacturer warranty info?
Each product sold by Build.com includes its full-factory manufacturer warranty, which can be found on the product page. If you have a warranty inquiry on an item you purchased from Build.com, we can provide additional information and contact the manufacturer directly.
What's the status of my order?
You can check your order status by logging into "My Account". Below is a breakdown of the steps your order goes through while being processed.
Order Pending Processing: We have placed your order and your payment has been verified. We're scouring the order making sure we get you the right product, once we find it we will send the order to our warehouse for shipment. If you have any changes to make to your order, now is the time to do it.
Processing at Warehouse: We have sent your order to the warehouse where they are pulling your product from the shelves and loading on the transport to be at your door in no time. Any changes or cancellations at this stage need to be handled by a customer service rep. Find your rep
Shipped: That's correct, your order is on the road (or plane, or ship). Shipping information, including tracking numbers and shipping company, will be provided within 1-2 days.
Multiple Shipments: Unfortunately your order has been split into multiple shipments. Good news, we will make sure you have status updates for each shipment.
Many items placed on backorder are made to order or custom made for you. Sometimes the item was unexpectedly out of stock and we were not notified. If your item is backordered we will email you within 1-2 days with an estimated ship date. You can cancel your items at any time before they ship, but to reserve your product we have charged your account.
How do I track my order?
Your order can be tracked online 24/7 by logging into "My Account".
You will receive an emailed tracking number once your order leaves the warehouse.
What are my shipping options?
For smaller products we use standard shipping methods. Larger products require Curbside delivery. Shipment times are average, and remote locations, shipments during the winter holiday season, and cases of extreme weather may exceed the estimated shipment times.
Standard Shipping: We use UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, or other common carriers that provides insurance and tracking. Shipments often need to be signed for, while shipments can also be left at the driver's discretion. Items using standard shipping have several speeds:
- Standard Ground Shipping: 5-7 business days. Deliveries eligible for Free Shipping will have this option available.
- Second Day Air: Shipment time is 2 business days. The day following the ship day is the first day. For example, an item that ships on Friday (not counting Saturday or Sunday) will arrive on Tuesday.
- Next Day Air: Shipment time is 1 business day. An item will be delivered the following business day if the carrier receives that item prior to their daily cut-off (varies by carrier). NOTE: When choosing this method, please be aware of the product's Expected Time To Ship (warehouse turn-around).
Curbside Delivery (Also called Freight or "LTL" Shipping): This is reserved for large, heavy, or oversized items like large sinks, bathtubs, shower doors, etc. Items are palletized and loaded onto a large truck for shipment, and delivered by scheduled appointment by lift-gate for to-the-curb service. All items must be inspected for freight damage prior to the driver leaving. Shipment time is 7-10 business days.
How much for shipping?
For exact shipping costs, add the product(s) to your cart and enter your zip code. Below is a breakdown of our most popular shipping offers.
UPS Ground Shipping offers: UPS Ground Orders* under $49 start shipping for $5.99, and UPS Ground Orders over $49 may be eligible for free shipping offers.
Freight (LTL) Shipping offers: Freight (LTL) orders over $1500 ship for free.
*some restrictions may apply, always check the shipping on the cart page after entering the ship-to zip code. Hawaii and Alaska typically do not qualify for free shipping offers.
To determine the total shipping price for your order:
- Find the product you want to purchase
- Add it to your shopping cart
- Enter the ship-to zip or postal code
- Choose your shipping method
The shipping price for each individual item is usually more than the total cost of a single shipment with multiple items. So, if you're purchasing multiple items, add them all to your cart before checking the final shipping price.
Every shipment method we use is trackable and insured. Below is a list of our shipment methods and their shipping times. All shipment times are shown in business days (Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and holidays).
Where can I have my order shipped?
We ship anywhere within the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. If you have an APO/FPO/DPO* address, call us at (800) 375-3403 to place and order and obtain a custom shipping quote. We're currently unable to ship outside the United States and Canada.
We are unable to ship to a United States territory directly. Please use a freight forwarder if that is the product's end destination.
* Please note that anything marked Freight (LTL) cannot be shipped to an APO/FPO/DPO address since LTL carriers cannot deliver to these addresses and the items are too large to be shipped via USPS/MPS.
I have an APO Address. How do I receive my shipment?
This address will go through either California, New York or Florida before it is transported to its rerouted location overseas.
When will I receive my item?
If your order is received before noon Pacific Time, you can expect items specifically marked as IN STOCK on the product page to ship as follows:
- Plumbing (faucets, bathtubs, toilets, sinks, etc.): usually ships within 2 business days.
- Lighting: usually ships within 3 business days.
- Door hardware (door knobs, door levers, hinges, cabinet pulls, etc.): usually ships within 3 business days.
- Furniture: usually ships within 5 business days.
- Ventilation (bath fans, range hoods, air purifiers): usually ships within 2 business days.
- Tools (power tools, air tools, generators, etc.): usually ship within 3 business days.
- Vent pipe: usually ships within 3 business days.
During holidays, any orders received will not be processed until the next business day. Items not specifically marked as IN STOCK are either out of stock or located in a warehouse that doesn't provide a live inventory feed. If your order is time sensitive, please contact us to see if your products will ship in a suitable time frame.
My product is on backorder, what do I need to know?
Occasionally, an item is out of stock and is on backorder. If any part of your order is backordered, here's the scoop:
- Backordered items are charged in full at the point-of-sale, just like in-stock items. This is to reserve the item with the manufacturer or, in some cases, reserve an item that's made to order.
- Within 24 hours of the order placement, we'll notify you via email if items are backordered and the estimated shipping date.
- Prior to the shipping date, we will verify with the manufacturer or shipping warehouse that we are on track to ship. We'll notify you via email if there is a reason for additional delay.
- If backordered items are confirmed as not shipped, the order CAN BE cancelled. Items that have left the manufacturer or original storage facility CANNOT be cancelled.
- To cancel a backordered item, contact customer service and we'll do our best to halt shipment. We'll confirm your cancellation via phone or email, and credit or update your order.
What can I pay with?
We currently accept the following forms of payment:
- Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Your card must have a verifiable billing address.
- V.me: Securely store your payment and shipping information in V.me by Visa, so you don't have to enter it again the next time your checkout on any website where V.me is accepted.
- PayPal: PayPal allows members to have one personal account linked to any bank account or credit card for easy payment. Visit http://www.paypal.com.
- Amazon Payments: Using one account, you're able to send money to family or friends, receive money, or make payments toward a purchase. Signing up for an account is simple. For more information, visit: https://payments.amazon.com/sdui/sdui/home.
- Check: Once you've created your cart on one of our sites, contact us by phone and we'll help process your order.
- Wire transfers: We accept wire transfers for orders over $1,000. As with check orders, please contact us by phone so we can help process your order.
What is the nitty gritty about sales tax?
As an Effect of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, Sales Tax is only collected for orders shipping to California. Current sales tax rate is 7.5% (as of January 2013). We are not obligated to, and do not, collect sales tax on orders shipping to destinations outside of California. The Short and sweet of it, We won't tax you for your purchase, but your state might. Check with your local taxing authorities to be in the clear.
For those customers purchasing from Build.com and shipping to California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, Tennessee, or South Carolina, view more here.
I have tax-exempt status, how do I get a refund?
If tax has been charged on a recent order and you need to take advantage of your tax exempt status, Customer Service can facilitate a refund. You will need a copy of your California Resale Certificate (www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/boe230.pdf) and your Seller's Permit.
How to submit for a refund:
Please submit the necessary information by fax in order to receive a refund of California Sales Tax. Our fax number is (530) 566-1893. Please include the following:
- Your eight-digit order number
- Email address
- Acceptable proof of your exempt status (as outlined above)
- The name of the organization that purchased the items
- Mark your fax "Attn: Build.com Tax Exempt"
I am purchasing for the US Government, how does sales tax apply to me?
Sales tax does not apply to purchases made by the United States Government. In order to document that a sale has been made to the U.S. Government, we need to obtain a copy of one of the following:
- Federal tax ID certificate
- Certificate of exempt status
- Government Voucher
- Check from the U.S. Government payable to Build.com
Why do I have a charge from Build.com on my credit card?
Purchases made from the Build.com Network of Stores (FaucetDirect.com, HandleSets.com, FloorMall.com, LightingDirect.com, PullsDirect.com, VentingDirect.com, and VentingPipe.com) will show on your statement as purchase from Build.com.
If you are unsure of your purchase please check your email (including spam folder) for an order confirmation and receipt. If you did not receive one, or did not purchase an item recently from Build.com or our Network of Stores, please call us immediately at (800) 375-3403.
How long will it take my order to ship to Canada?
All shipments to Canada are first sent to our consolidation center in Waterloo, Iowa, in order to generate the documents required by customs. Once all of your requested items arrive, the order will then ship complete from the consolidation center to the customer. For all Canadian shipments, please add 5-7 days to the normal United States shipment times.
What can I pay with?
We accept payments by major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express), PayPal, check, and wire transfer. Unfortunately, Google Checkout is NOT accepted for Canadian orders. All funds are billed and credited in United States dollars, not Canadian dollars. Build.com is NOT responsible for any fees incurred for currency conversion.
What shipping methods do you use to ship to Canada?
We currently offer only Standard Ground and LTL service to Canada
How do I track my order?
Your order can be tracked online 24/7 by logging into your account. Click the "My Account" link at the top or bottom of any Build.com page to login and view your orders and their current status.
You will receive an emailed tracking number once your complete order has left our Iowa consolidation center and has been successfully shipped across the border. In some cases, you may receive a tracking number that shows a destination address in Waterloo, Iowa. This is tracking your shipment from our drop ship vendor to our Cross Dock center. You will receive a separate tracking number once the order has shipped across the border to its final destination.
What extra charges, taxes, duties, and fees will be incurred for Canadian purchases?
Charges will include all applicable taxes and duties, and no COD fees will be charged at the time of delivery.
Our Canadian customers will pay taxes based on the province they live in. Taxes will either be the 5% GST + appropriate PST or the combined HST. You are also charged appropriate duties at the time of purchase. By ordering goods from Build.com, you hereby authorize Build.com's licensed Canadian customs broker, chosen by Build.com, to act as your agent, and to transact business with the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) to clear your merchandise, account for duties and taxes, to return merchandise through Build.com's Licensed Canadian Customs Broker, and prepare and submit refund claims on your behalf for any merchandise that you return. You understand that the CBSA will send any refund of duties and taxes that were paid on the returned merchandise to the broker, and that you will obtain the refund directly from Build.com. In this connection, you also authorize the customs broker to endorse any refund cheque issued by the CBSA in your name, so that Build.com can be reimbursed.
How do I set up a return from Canada?
We strive to streamline the returns process. Please be aware that whether you have a general or defective return, anytime you send something back across the border, certain documents are required by customs to clear the shipment. We'll provide you with these documents along with detailed instructions of where to place them when you return the items to ensure you're not charged any taxes or duties to return them and to ensure that they clear customs with no delay.
Please follow all of the instructions included with your return authorization. Processing Canadian returns can take 1-2 business days longer in order for us to generate all of the appropriate customs documents.
What import, export, and re-export control laws and regulations must I comply with?
You shall, in connection with your use of any of Build.com's websites & services, comply with all applicable import, export, and re-export control laws and regulations of any country, including:
- U.S. Export Administration Regulations
- U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations
- Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 on the control of exports of dual-use items and technology
- Country-specific economic sanctions programs or embargoes adopted against countries or individuals under any applicable national or international legislation, including any measures implemented by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control