Determining the Cost of Your Pole-Barn or Post-Frame Building Project

There are multiple aspects that go into determining the cost of your pole barn or post frame building. Your builder will quote you on a building shell, but what about the other costs? Here’s a list of common items that you’ll want to remember. Getting quotes on each of these items early will help you eliminate surprise costs over the course of your project.

  • Permit Fees
  • Clearing and excavating
    • Look for an excavator who talks drainage and soil types, then ask him for recommendations on where to place your building. Good excavators have an expert and practical eye for determining the best location for drainage.
  • Drainage
  • Building pad (gravel or concrete)
  • Building shell design and erection
  • Builders Risk insurance
  • Specialty windows & doors (if not included in shell price)
  • Interior build-out
    • Framing
    • Electrical
    • HVAC
    • Plumbing
    • Drywall
    • Finishes
    • Trim
    • Carpet
    • Cabinets
  • Masonry (brick or stone exterior if you choose to not use steel siding)
  • Finish grading
  • Paving (sidewalks, driveway)
  • Landscaping

TIP: Also, did you know that if your inspector says your building isn’t code compliant, you’ll have to get it redone? Yikes! How are you supposed to know if your building is code compliant? Our blog on What Makes a Quality Post-Frame Builder will help you out!

P.S. Want to save money on your building? Of course you do! Builders prize optimal sites. A “ready” site means that all the site work is done, and the site is easily accessible and has a gravel or concrete building pad. Since this allows the builder to be more efficient during erection, he saves time and you save money.

Have more questions about building costs not covered in this article? If you need help designing and planning, please contact FBi Buildings at 1.800.552.2981 or click here to email us. If you are ready to get a price, click here to request a quote and a member of our sales team will call you!


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