The Hidden Costs of Free or Bargain-Priced Garage or Barn Plans
Free is great, right? Your barn or
garage will be an
enough project as it is, so
why not cut your expenses by
starting with a free or
Let's put it another
way. Say someone offers you a free car.
|It could be a great thing, right?
Free. Or cheap, at least. Think of all the
could go, or how much money you'd have left over to
spend on other things.
Ah, but wait, you say.
It's not that simple!
||And you'd be right! You don't
really know what shape it's in, or whether it may be
about to throw a rod. It could even be a lemon.
Why would someone give it to you for nothing?
Worst case: it could
leave you stranded, and your free car
could end up costing you a bundle.
|Unfortunately, most things aren't as
simple as they seem on the surface. To be sure
your free or cheap car is really a good deal, you'd need
to know what other costs it might bring along with it.
same thing is true about free garage and barn plans:
you need to
know how they will affect your final cost
Some facts about free
and free garage building plans:
Often, the lure
of a free plan is a way to get you to look at a company's
other offerings. Then they encourage you to
buy more detailed plans they have for sale.
Free plans carry
guaranteed additional costs.
Other plans may state that "You are encouraged to have these plans evaluated
for your area by a professional engineer." That
will add somewhere between $150-$500 to your 'free' plans.
And they're not simply making a casual suggestion; often an
engineer's analysis and signature are required by your
building department in order to have your plans
Lack of detail:
free or cheap barn, garage or storage building plans leave room for
interpretation regarding construction details, giving
contractors leeway to tack on stiff added costs to
deal with problems not anticipated by the original
blueprint. BGS plans are so thorough in their
detail that guesswork and 'surprises' are not an
issue. Which keeps you within budget, no small
feat in construction.
Partial (or no)
materials lists: when you have to buy as you
go along and discover the need for additional
materials, you're at the mercy of whichever supplier
you go to at the time. With BGS Plans' complete
materials list, you have the bargaining power to
submit your complete list to several suppliers at the
outset and choose the one who can give you the best
No support when
you run into problems. Found printed on
one free garage plan: "[Company] is not responsible for
any costs or charges due to errors or omissions on
these plans." At BGS, we stand behind every plan
we sell. As long as you have given us the proper
information when ordering a plan (say, you didn't
indicate that you live in Seismic Zone 3 when you really
live in Zone 4), we will personally address any
concerns your building department may have with our
plans. There is no additional charge for
clarification or corrections.
Remember that 'surprises' resulting
from lack of
plan details almost always translate to added
cost, stress and
longer building times.
Which is why we believe
you'll find BGS plans your best value when all factors
are considered, saving you money on your overall
project and bringing your build to a successful, happy