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How to Choose a Metal Building Supplier

Steel Buildings Buyers' Guide

During the process of choosing a metal building supplier for your commercial, industrial or agricultural project, you need to keep your wits about you. Suppliers are obviously keen for your business because there's a lot of money involved, and because in an uncertain economy competition is hot, but don't be sidetracked from your objectives by a seemingly cheaper offer that will end up costing you more in the long run.

Sales pitches

Exercise caution when a metal building supplier is able to transport a building to your site straightaway because someone has cancelled an order. This sounds good because you'll receive a metal building quickly and possibly with a discount. But is the cancelled building the one you really need? You certainly don't want something that you have to modify on site, no matter how cheap it appears to be. And is the building really available or is the supplier simply looking for a contract signature?

Regulations

An estimate from a reliable commercial metal building supplier will refer to planning and building regulations. But when it comes to the contract these references must be far more specific. The contract must list all the regulations as confirmed by council planning officers.

Questions

Put yourself in control of any negotiations with suppliers by asking them a series of prepared questions.

  • Do you specialise in certain types of metal building for warehouse construction?
  • How do you check that a structure meets all building and planning regulations?
  • How long will I have to wait for the delivery of the building?
  • What are the details of your guarantee?
  • How many years have you been in business?
References and research

Ask commercial metal building suppliers for references from customers who have had projects similar to your own. But don’t just read a reference and leave it at that. Contact the person who gave the reference and see if they’d mind answering a few questions.

  • Would you buy a metal building from this supplier again? If not, why?
  • Is there anything the supplier could do to provide a better service?
  • Did the supplier meet all deadlines?
  • Did the supplier meet all the terms of the contract?
  • Have you bought commercial metal buildings from other suppliers? If so, how do your experiences compare?

And if it’s convenient to do so, visit the finished metal buildings and judge the quality, style and overall appearance for yourself.

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