Steel Building Buyers Guide

We want you to have the most information possible to help you make an educated decision on who you buy your steel building from.  There are companies that want to help you get the best building at the best price, and then there are those that, well to put it bluntly, don't care about you, the customer.  Hopefully we can arm you with the information needed to weed out the good from the bad.

Contacting a steel building company

Whether you choose to fill out an online quote form, or pick up the phone and call a steel building supplier, you should do some research on the company you're talking to.  There are a few easy resources to get some background information on every company.  To start with you can simply "google" the company name followed by reviews or complaints to see what information comes up.  You can also check out reviews on their "google my business" page or on social media.  Another place to look is at their BBB rating.  While you may find good and bad reviews on most any company, pay close attention to multiple complaints that have a common theme for a particular company.

"If I filled out a quote form, why do you need to talk to me?"

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Many people believe that if they fill out a quote form they should just get a quote generated immediately based of the info they gave.  Heck, even some websites make you think your going to get a quote right then and there.  The reality is that it is hard to get every bit of information needed from a simple form.  While we may be able to generate a quote based on basic info, we really have no way of knowing where to put everything on your building without having a quick conversation with you.  With that being said, we typically try to reach out to every quote request so that we can give you an accurate quote for the building you want.  It really only takes about 5 minutes of your time.

Comparing quotes

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Maybe you got quotes from a few companies.  You might have even filled out a quote request from a site that sells leads to companies.  Whatever the case, if you find yourself with multiple quotes, there are a few things to look out for.

First off, don't look at the bottom line.  No really, we know that most people look to see what a building is going to cost them, but before you do that, you need to make sure everything is included and the quotes have the same specs.  Be wary of anybody that doesn't have something listed on your quote but tells you verbally that it is included.  In most cases, the quote is also your contract, so if it's not there, it's not included.

Sales Tactics

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Be very careful of "High Pressure" sales pitches.  Less reputable companies will use these pressure tactics to get you to submit a deposit right away - then they have you hooked.  Overstock buildings, canceled orders, and one time specials are some of the typical lines used to make you feel like your getting a deal of a lifetime.  In most cases, you'll get a "deal" upfront, but will be hit with additional charges, engineering changes and whatever else they can come up with to increase your total price.  Many times, their contracts are even hard to cancel without owing even more money.

Ask Questions

Ask a lot of questions.  The more you ask, the more you know.  Your project manager should be able to answer most any question you have about your building quote.  Everything from dimensions to loads, framed opening locations to customizing, and even how much your building is estimated to weigh.  Just make sure that what you talk about ends up on any quotes you get.  If it's not on your quote or contract, consider it not included on your building.
We hope this Steel Building Buyers Guide helped armed you with information to help you make an informed decision on your steel building supplier.  You can also check out our buying process page to get more information.  Give us a call to talk about your steel building project.  We are happy to help you through the process so that you get the pre-engineered steel building you want.
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