Business Expanding? Consider A Metal Building!

A business that is booming is a good thing, but outgrowing your space can be an unintended consequence. If you own your business real estate or simple dread moving, then this can be a conundrum. Fortunately, there may be a way to avoid a move. Whether you need more storage or a larger work area, adding a metal building to your business can be just the solution you're looking for. Answer the following questions to see if this is a viable solution for your business.

Do you have room?

The most important thing to assess is how much room you have on your existing premises for the additional building. You need to make sure that you will still have necessary outdoor space for parking, outside storage, and for deliveries. Fortunately, metal buildings are available in a range of sizes and configurations, so you can likely find something that works even if you only have an odd-sized area to use.

Is drainage sufficient?

Preferably you will have a bare spot on your business lot that is slightly elevated with no drainage issues. If water tends to stand in the area after rainfall or snowmelt, you will first need to have the area assessed by a foundation and soil stabilization crew. This doesn't rule out the option of installing the metal building, but it may increase the initial cost.

Will the building be accessible?

Just because you have room doesn't mean it is usable space. Consider how you plan to use the new metal building. Will it simply house some administration offices, so it's fine if it's only really accessible by foot? Or will it store inventory and require a loading dock or truck access? Make sure the space you have and the building design you select meet your present and future accessibility needs.

Can utilities be hooked in without issue?

Before signing off on the building have the potential site surveyed by your utility companies. You need to know how easy it will be to hook the building into the existing electric, water, and sewer grid. Often, this is relatively simple since it will just be hooked into the existing utilities in your main building, but it's a smart idea to make sure there aren't any unforeseen issues in this regard.

Are there other code considerations?

Sometimes local building codes can throw a wrench in your plans. For example, some areas require a specific amount of parking spaces on a business lot depending on the size of the lot or the buildings on it. Another code issue could be if there are required setbacks from roads, sidewalks, or other buildings both on and off your property. Make sure your new metal building won't violate codes such as these examples.

By working with a metal building contractor, you can quickly determine the answers to these questions and find out whether a new building will soon be gracing your business lot. For more information, contact a business such as Thompson Builders.

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