BEFORE YOU BUY
Before purchasing a prefab building, our clients usually have all sorts of questions for us. To make your life easier, we’ve compiled the most important questions into a single place. If you have a question please give us a call so we can provide our recommendations.
CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL BUILDING DEPARTMENT ON THE FOLLOWING:
• Property zoning
• Property setbacks
• Correct building code
• Correct live load or ground snow load
• Correct wind load
• Correct wind exposure (this does not apply to all codes)
• Correct seismic code
• Are structural calculations required?
• Is a stamped foundation design required?
• Required permits and fees
• Any covenants controlling your area
• Sprinkler requirements
These twelve questions will help you make sure you are ordering a building that is correctly designed for your area and lot size.
MAKE SURE YOU'RE GETTING WHAT YOU WANT
Not only is it important to ask these questions, but make sure these specifications are written on the agreement before you sign. The agreement is a binding commitment between you and the seller. Adding to or making changes after the contract is signed can be costly.
Check for the correct codes and load.
If structural calculations are needed is it included?
What gage of sheeting are you buying (24 gauge, 26 gauge, 29 gauge is thinner than 26 gauge)?
What finish does the sheeting have (color, galvalume, zincalume)?
What is a warranty on the finish?
What type of roof are you getting (screw-down, standing seam)?
What type of wall sheeting are you getting (R panel, PBR, PBA)?
What is the trim package (base trim, trimmed framed openings, trim colors options)?
If you have sprinklers, are there dead loads add to accommodate?
What kind of door (glass, solid metal, metal with a window, are you getting the glass, what kind of lock set, do you need panic hardware, closures)?
Walk door framed openings without the door
What kind of window (insulated, screens, horizontal slider, vertical slider)?
Window framed openings without windows
What kind of doors (canister, sectional, sliding, insulated, non-insulated, motor lift, chain lift, windows, no window, what color)?
Door framed opening without the door
What kind of vents (louvers, ridge vents, with damper, without a damper, with screens, without screens, what color)?
Vent framed opening without a vent
What kind of insulation (what R-value, what thickness, what facing)?
How many gutters and downspouts?
Who is responsible for the foundation design?
Is this an erected price?
Is freight included?
Is sales tax included?
8 HIDDEN COSTS TO CONSIDER
Keep in mind that if purchasing a “kit”, is only one part of the overall cost.
1. Excavation and Concrete Foundation
2. Additional Doors
4. Soils Testing
5. Insulation Requirements
Other costs to consider are electricity, plumbing, and interior finishing.