Quote Comparison Checklist

DATE POSTED: Feb 28, 2017 1:05:05 PM
POSTED BY: Wheatbelt Steel

Ready to buy a shed, but not sure which quote to go with? Use this checklist to nail down exactly which company you should be using for your new shed.

Purchasing a shed comes at a cost that’s more than the price of materials. Taking the time to research, compare and select a company to provide you with the right shed for your needs can be tough and time-consuming.

Understanding what you’re paying for is paramount to reserve money for where it’s really needed.

  • Check and then re-check your door height again and again. Make sure they are high enough to fit your machinery, boat, caravan or whatever it is you plan to store in your new farm shed. Do this bearing in mind that if you have roller doors then you will lose up to 500mm because of its mechanics.
  • Pay attention to the thickness of the steel in your farm shed quote. BMT is the Base Metal Thickness and TCT is the Total Coated Thickness. The confusion between these is that sheeting marketed as .42 TCT is actually only .37 BMT.
  • Make sure you compare all prices with GST included. That way you know you are comparing apples with apples.
  • What are the costs involved in preparing your site for the erection process of your farm shed. Take into consideration the excavation and clearing of the site, this is one of the most common areas where poor communication and lazy quoting practices result in budget blowouts.
  • Make sure the price includes delivery and erection costs. These make up a significant amount of the farm shed quote and if one quote is missing one of those costings it will look much cheaper. If it looks to good to be true, it usually is.
  • Do some research on the shed company's reputation. You can do this by looking for google reviews or on truelocal At Wheatbelt Steel we believe that it is the little things we do as individual employees that make up the big picture of who we are.
  • Every quote you receive should indicate the time frame in which your farm shed will be completed. Be aware that larger companies have greater capacity to take on new work and potentially complete the project a little quicker.

As tempting as it may be, don't compromise on quality to save a few dollars. It will cost you in the long run and the safety of your business and employees should be your top priority.

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