Why you should start with a builder, part two

When it’s time to build or expand, the first step is finding a builder that fits your needs. Once you have found a builder, checked their references, visited with their previous clients and are ready to move forward, the next step is answering an initial set of questions that will direct your project.

February 19, 2014 |
John Negich

When it’s time to build or expand, the first step is finding a builder that fits your needs (see part one). That builder will be your guide to navigating all the details, issues and questions that will arise during the process.

Once you have found a builder, checked their references, visited with their previous clients and are ready to move forward, the next step is answering an initial set of questions that will direct your project.

1. What does the building need to do for you?

The builder needs to understand how the building will be used. Do you need a big generator in the middle? Or a lot of storage space? Maybe you need racks or need space to move a crane and the height to lift things? Perhaps your needs will require more square footage than previously considered – or less. With a thorough understanding of the building’s usage, the builder can create a design with value-added ideas that could help save you money.

2. Do you have financing for the project?

Knowing what kind of financing is or is not available for the project is as important as knowing the topography of the land and the square footage of the building. Material cannot be purchased without funding. Also, if you have not secured funding yet, the builder may have suggestions on what financing options would be best for you to pursue.

3. Will equipment be going into the building?

Are there any special requirements, needs or issues that will help the builder create a building plan that works best for everyone? The more information the builder has about how the building will be used, the better.

4. Have you considered leasing?

Not everyone needs a new building. There are lots of leasing options out there that might suit you just fine. Or, if you already have a current location, your building may only need a renovation or a retrofit to suit your needs. Good builders will sit with you and help you determine what is the best course of action, even if that means you may not be a paying customer for many years to come.

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John Negich | Metal Building Trends

John Negich is Vice President of Sales for Star Building Systems. He began his career with Star in 1985 as District Manager for the Pittsburgh District. During his tenure, he has also served as Region Manager for Star's Eastern Region and most recently for Star's Northern Region. John attended the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as the Greensburg Institute of Technology in Greensburg, PA. Prior to his time with Star, John practiced architecture.

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