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What to Think About When Planning Your New Build.

Updated: Apr 11

What you should know before you buy any kit building.

It is very important that you clearly understand what is included in the kit. It is also very important to understand what you will need to know and do to assemble any kit building. We suggest that you read the brochures, website and advertising very carefully, check company reviews and ask a lot of questions.

These are some key areas for you to explore:

What skills and experience are required to assemble the kit? Make sure that you are up to the task of assembling the kit. Find out what prior building experience will be required. Be sure that you can properly read and interpret any drawings that are supplied, and that the instructions are geared to someone with your level of experience. If you will be required to hire a professional to assemble your kit, you should get a firm quote and references in advance of construction.

What materials are included?

You should read the materials list very carefully so you know exactly what is included. For example, if just roof sheathing is included, you should know that this is not the same as roofing materials, such as shingles. The building will not be weathertight with just sheathing, and you will have to buy more materials. Is the first floor frame and deck included? Does the kit include fasteners, roofing, doors, windows, and trim? Check for grading specifications on all structural components.

You should determine the level of finish. Are the materials ready for assembly, or do they require cutting and fitting? What will the completed kit yield: a frame, a frame and sheathing, or a weather tight shell?

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