Purchasing a metal I-Beam building is not limited to the initial price of the base building package. However, the completed cost of your project can still be far less than the total price of a conventional building system. Given this, there are some additional considerations that need to be added to the initial metal building price in order to have a fair representation about your total building cost.
It is highly recommended that you pour a quality concrete foundation for your metal building. Concrete foundations are necessary to properly stabilize and anchor your structure. The benefits of a foundation underneath a metal building are so overwhelming that having no foundation should not even be considered except in some very limited agricultural functions. A national average to lay a proper metal building foundation is about $6 a square foot. In all likelihood a local company will be able to do the work for you.
Any optional components needed for your building will also add to the total expense of your project. Most metal building packages are for the structure itself and any accessories are not included. This means that any walk or roll-up doors, sliding windows, insulation or louvers are an added expense. Put together a comprehensive list of required components that you will need for your building and add this cost into the base building package.
You will need a building permit to assemble your structure. Depending on where you are in the country this cost can range from nothing to over a thousand dollars a framed opening in order to get the approved paperwork. Contact your local building code compliance office for more information.
The purchase of land is another monetary consideration. If you have not purchased a parcel keep in mind this does have to be accomplished before the building ships and to an area that is approved for metal building construction.
If you are already a land owner your work site will have to be readied for construction. Expenses can include the leveling, clearing, and grading of the land. Check with a local company to budget in the costs of all facets of land preparation.
Delivery charges need to be added to your total cost. Very large buildings may require more than one truck and, thus, added delivery expenses.
Every metal building project should have a qualified and experienced erector to assemble the structure. Unless you have a high degree of construction experience and your building is very small, a professional erector is highly recommended. Figure this cost at anywhere from $3 to $5 a square foot. This varies depending on where you live in the country.
Taxes are another expense and need to be added into your anticipated project costs.
Additional expenses will include exterior and interior finishing, plumbing, and electricity.
The management of the additional expenses involved in a basic metal building purchase is key to the overall project success. This is the only way to know what your bottom line costs will be. The good news is that it will be, more than likely, far less money than what conventional construction of the same size building would be.