Many steel companies out there are fly-by-night companies that are simply brokers trying to sell someone else's building to you, collect your deposit check, and move on to the next deal. They make no mention of the project costs and take no interest in your actual project as a whole. Items you need to consider are concrete slab and foundation costs, steel building erection labor costs, permit fees, design fees, change orders, component costs, utility tap fees, site plan fees, civil engineering, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing blueprints, total project estimates, etc. This list goes on and on depending on the type of project you're planning to complete. All of a sudden, that quick deal on a steel building isn't looking so great.
However, if you order a building that is engineered to the right standards, you'll save money and valuable time on the other aspects of your project. But don't order a building if you do not have at least an idea of what your project costs will be. Consumers do save money by ordering their steel buildings themselves and then contracting out the rest of the project. However, any legitimate steel building supplier should be able to provide you with a completed project estimate at a minimum. You will be surprised how many of these companies are unable to provide the project estimates because they simply don't have the infrastructure or experience to honestly supply that kind of information.
I have shopped around all of the major pre-engineered steel building suppliers including General Steel Corporation. General Steel is probably the most well known company in the industry, but they have had their struggles with “growing pains. " There are a handful of companies that will provide you with everything you need including the full project cost estimates. I don't intend for this article to become an advertisement for General Steel. However, I will tell you that it cannot hurt for you to at least check out their website or maybe even give them a call for yourself. You can expect to hear a sales pitch from any company you call, so be ready for it. But when I called General Steel the sales pitch was very non invasive, respectful, and to the point. They offered me two options to go about purchasing their building and left it up to me to decide. General Steel Corporation has retail dealers who are local contractors. The second option they offered me is to purchase directly through their corporate offices in Littleton, CO. There were multiple shipping locations throughout the country so consumers are assured that they can get a General Steel Building delivered at a favorable cost.
There is a website you could check out like http://www.steelbuildingshopper.com - This website will submit your information to three or four steel companies for a quote. However, this will result in a lot of phone calls! What I would recommend is just going directly to the companies you wish to speak with, like http://www.gensteel.com - This way you're in control of who is calling you.