The 3 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Purchasing a Metal Building
When purchasing a carport, garage, rv cover, or storage building people tend to make several mistakes, we are here to help. Here are the 3 most common mistakes people make when purchasing a building.
The most common mistake people do is not get the additions they want, thinking that they will add it later on. Many people are unaware that even though their building installation is free it doesn’t necessarily mean that any additions will be. Most companies charge a return fee to come back to your residents even if they don’t do anything. In addition there is an installation fee for your addition and the fee can range depending on what you are adding. For example, let’s say you bought a carport and it gets installed, then you see how great it would look with a gable end, so you decide to call and purchase it. Your sales rep will now explain all this extra fees on a gable end that would have cost you around 150 if you would have bought it when you purchased your carport. So in addition to the 150 you would need to pay an additional 50 for a return trip fee and 100 for installation, now instead of paying 150 you would be paying 300 for a gable that if you would have purchased with your carport, would have been ½ the price.
Note: the fees range from 50 to 500 depending on who you purchase from and some companies waive the installation if your addition’s cost are more than a certain price (500 in most cases), however they still charge the return fee.
So in conclusion always purchase your building with all the extras that you are interested in, if you don’t have your budget right yet, we would highly recommend that you wait that extra time to have enough and get everything at once so that in the long run you don’t pay extra fees or you can simply take advantage of our rent to own options.
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The second most common mistake that people make when purchasing a carport is not getting it certified and not purchasing the extra braces package. Many people tend to buy buildings without any research and end up purchasing a building that is not authorized by their local zoning laws. A common mistake is that people just simply buy a non-certified building in order to save some money but in the end it ends up costing more if it turns out that they need a certified. Buying a non-certified building in an area where certification is needed is a huge hassle and can end up costing you thousands of dollars. First of your local government might require you to take the entire building down, if this is the case most companies charge a fee that could be up to 25% of what t
he building cost, just to take it down(in some cases the % is higher) in addition to the return fee. If you later decide that you would like to reinstall your building you would need to go back and get drawings for your building, this drawing can now cost you from 306 to 3500 dollars depending on your building, if you had purchased a certified from the beginning most companies offer the generic drawings for free. In addition to drawings many other materials are needed to certify your building this could be: new trusses, legs, extra rebar and/or extra bracing the list goes on. That’s not the only thing installers will charge anywhere from 15% to 50% of the total price to install your building and they cannot use the same sheets so new sheets will be needed, this can cost up 50% of your building and in some cases more.
In the end if you buy the wrong building it can cost you almost 3x more than what you would have paid if you had just bought the right one to begin with.
Note: living in rural areas does not always mean that you do not need a permit always check with you local zoning laws.
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The third most common mistake is getting the wrong gauge for your frame. When it comes to metal buildings the frame is usually made out of 12 or 14 gauge, galvanized steel, they both offer several advantages and disadvantages. The gauge refers to how thick the metal is, the smaller the gauge the thicker the metal, in other words the 12 gauge is thicker than the 14 gauge. Now why is this a mistake that most people make? Well it’s not about the thickness of the gauge but rather what different companies offer with each. With the 14 gauge most companies only offer what is called a workmanship warranty for a certain period of time(could be 30 days, 1 year, 2 year, 3 years or so on ask your sales rep), that means that they will only fix your building if there was any errors in the way they build the structure. In addition if it’s certified most companies will offer a guarantee that it will pass inspection, if it doesn’t, they will make sure to fix according to the inspectors notes. Now the 12 gauge frame not only do most manufacturers offer the workmanship and the certification they also offer a “rust through warranty” and what that really means is that if for any reason a part of the building starts to rust, the company will replace the area or if it’s a large part they will replace the entire building (this warranty usually last for around 20 to 40 years). Yes the 12 gauge is more expensive but in addition to the stronger/thicker frame it has that extra feature of being more rust resistance. With proper maintenance however this shouldn’t be a problem on any frame but it’s always good to have a backup and that is why we always recommend the 12 gauge upgrade which usually cost around 100 to 500 more depending on the building.
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