It’s essential that your contractor explain your building contracts before you agree to a sale. That means no signing until you’re satisfied the contract has everything set to order. Changes made after the fact can be more complicated than you realize. The right company will take time to walk you through all the provisions to ensure you understand and are happy with your contract before you seal the deal.
Beware of the Professional Salesman
While we have experienced, and certainly “professional” sales staff at Peak Steel Contractors, we don not push any employees into making a sale at all costs. We value long-term partnerships with our customers, and we know if you select a different company and have a bad experience, we’ve still got a shot!
The faith we have in our products and service allows for a no-pressure buying process. You contact us. We answer your questions. Together we design a structure capable of meeting all of your needs. That’s the Peak Steel way, but don’t judge other manufacturers by our practices. There are certainly sales-centric metal building providers with an endless number of methods to tie you into contracts where you’re left holding the short end of the stick.
If you’re ever uncertain about something in the contract—or something that isn’t mentioned—be sure to ask!
Assumptions Make an Easy Experience Complicated Overnight
One of the biggest issues with fabricated metal structures is the need for a suitable foundation. Without it, you cannot install anchor bolts or complete your construction. This is a process you need to complete a few weeks in advance of your materials being delivered. A specialist in pouring slab concrete may be needed. We’ve gotten used to pointing this out so your projects don’t get held back, but it’s an example of just one assumption capable of throwing your plans off track.
For the same reason, you want to check with your building inspector before you buy. Peak Steel Contractors is based in Madison, GA. If you live outside our area and your municipality has unique zoning laws, your building could be in violation. While most locations share standard guidelines, you take a big risk by assuming that to be the case. It’s better to be safe than sorry and make a phone call to ensure your metal building will be in compliance.
Read Your Contract Carefully Before You Sign
Your written contract is the only binding agreement between you and your metal building supplier. Your salesperson can promise the world, but there’s only so much he or she can reasonably deliver. What that is will be spelled out in your contract, and you should expect no more—and no less.
For instance, your contract will stipulate the exact type of building materials and accessories you should receive. If you change your mind after your order, your contract should also lay out the proper procedure for making changes. It will also explain the consequences, based on how far along your order is. Making changes once manufacturing has begun can be awfully expensive!
Double Check Your Duties on Delivery Day
Similar to companies delivering furniture and other large purchases, your contract should lay out the process for making sure your purchase arrives in good order. The contractor will expect you to take inventory—possibly while the delivery truck is on-site. What should you do in the case of a problem? The answer is something you should know before the day arrives to avoid wasting money buying refabs and other supplies.
Want help having your building contracts explained before you sign? Be sure to call Peak Steel Contractors. With over 20 years in the business and the most professional contacts around, you can be sure we’ll go the extra mile to ensure you understand every line.