That’s a great call, especially if you choose to partner with a pro like Carport Central. Metal buildings are fantastic solutions for a wide range of storage, residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial needs. Our building specialists are experts at facilitating the entire process from building design, to purchase, to financing, to custom manufacturing, to installation. We really work hard to make the whole experience as smooth and pain-free as possible for you.
But one of the first things to decide is where you want to put your building. You’ll also need to take some basic necessary steps to make sure your installation site is ready to go. Keep reading to learn more about these important considerations.
What are you planning to do with your building? Are you looking for metal garages, or any other types of metal building kits? Whether it’s a barn, barndominium, warehouse, or some other metal building for sale, each specific application has its own particular set of considerations when it comes to needed space, required access points, etc. Here’s a helpful checklist:
It’s not just about coming up with a building square footage estimate. If your land-to-building ratio is too high, you might not be using your lot space to its full potential. And if the land-to-building ratio is too low, you might not be able to accommodate all of your building needs, and you could also be limited in terms of future building expansion. Land-to-building ratios are commonly used for commercial and industrial building applications, but they’re also very helpful for residential buildings, or pretty much any type of metal building project.
For starters, don’t confuse building codes with zoning requirements. Local building codes must obviously be followed, but you can’t legally install your building in a place that isn’t zoned for it, either. Zoning types usually fall into residential, commercial, and industrial categories. Each has its own stipulations for acceptable building height, density, etc. And if you’re planning to install more than one metal building on your property, you’ll need to make sure your local zoning ordinance allows for it. Zoning regulations will also help decide where driveways, parking, fencing, and signage will need to go.
In addition, you’ll need to decide whether you want to add on to an existing structure, or plan to install a free-standing building. In either case, you’ll need to obtain any metal building permits which may be required in your area.
When it comes to property lines and specified setbacks, it’s possible that you don’t have as much lot space available as you may have first assumed. Consider how close your immediate neighbors are, as well as how close they might be able to build adjacent to your property. If privacy or noise issues are a potential concern for either party, then you’ll want to provide ample space between your new building and your existing property line.
You’ll also need to factor in any applicable setback regulations that may apply. Most cities and counties are permitted to use up to 10 feet of your land for road widening or utility work. For that reason, you might want to give your building a little extra area of cushion away from any nearby roads or other rights-of-way.
If you’ve gotten to the point of deciding your building width and length dimensions, it’s a good idea to go ahead and stake out where your building will sit on your lot. And if you know you’re going to order or have ordered your new building, you should use a line level to see how to level your land actually is. This is something that’s relatively easy to do on your own; here’s a helpful video tutorial that guides you through the process. Should you determine that your building site is too far out of level, you’ll need to take steps to make sure it’s made level before your scheduled building installation date arrives.
Here are a few more things you should plan to take care of before your scheduled metal building installation:
Having a custom metal building installed is a significant investment. We understand that metal building prices matter to you, but it’s even more important to make sure you’re getting the best product from the best metal building provider, to begin with. And that provider is Carport Central!
We deliver and install in 46 states at NO extra charge. We also provide custom-designed metal building kits you can pick up and install yourself for a discount. These metal building kits come with all the needed building materials for installation, including framing, paneling, trim, fasteners, and anchors.
Oh, and we also have the best metal building financing and RTO solutions in the industry! Get in touch with one of our friendly building specialists today at (980) 321-9898, and experience the Carport Central difference! We don’t just sell metal buildings; we’re here to provide shelter for your way of life.
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