Pole Barn Prices: Your Price is Too High

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When it comes to the purchase of a new pole building kit package, there are really only three major areas to cover – quality, service and price.

Everyone wants to feel they have gotten a good value when they make a major investment, whether it is a vehicle, a house or a new pole building.

Great ValueThe important part of the above statement is “value”.

Anyone can provide a product at a lower price – by sacrificing quality and/or service.

As a potential purchaser, when you tell me:

“I don’t care about service, delivery or quality.  Price is all that is important.”  My response is: “Okay then we’ll provide you a great price with poor service, inferior quality and it will arrive months late.”  

Let’s all face reality together, we all care and care a lot about things other than pole barn prices.

I know of a Midwest based supplier of pole building kit packages who almost always seems to have a really great price. I’ve spoken with more than a few people who purchased one of their kit packages – only to find out there is seemingly no one in the store who can help them out when they get “stuck” due to poor instructions or inadequate plans. Almost universally they voice concerns about the lack of quality in what they were delivered, and how they had to buy more materials to complete their building.

There was something about the disclaimer on this competitor’s quote, which they might not have had a firm grasp on:

“You may buy all the materials or any part at low cash and carry prices. Because of the wide variation in codes, xxxxxxx (insert store name) cannot guarantee the material list will meet your code requirements. These post frame buildings are suggested designs and material lists only. Some items may vary from those pictured. We do not guarantee the completeness or prices of these buildings. Labor, concrete flooring, some finish materials and delivery are not included. Some special order truss sizes may be jobsite delivered. Delivery is extra. This post frame may have been altered from the plan’s original design.”

When I hear, “Your price is too high”, my response is, “Compared to what?”

Compared to what pole barn prices were five years ago? Compared to a price someone gave you over the phone, or which was read on Craigslist or EBay? Or compared to another potential supplier who left out several features, or the doors, or didn’t even quote the same size.

I’ve spent the last five weeks in Ecuador, where the vendors selling things expect to haggle over price, so they ALL universally jack their prices up. They are all playing the same game. And once you have reached a price and have paid, they are vamoosed (hmm, great price, questionable quality, no service).

The post frame building industry in the U.S. is very competitive. The profit margins are small, and the costs of materials and their transportation are pretty much similar. Now granted, every once in a while we DO have the best price, but given the features we provide, and the high level of quality and service, it is a fairly rare occurrence. If someone else has a lower price, especially WAY lower, be a skeptic – there is a reason and the reason may not be obvious at first glance.  If you don’t know how to compare quotes on pole barn prices…we’ll do it for you.  Fairly.

12 thoughts on “Pole Barn Prices: Your Price is Too High

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      Every building we provide is 100% customized to best meet your family’s wants, needs and budget. We can provide any look or floor plan you find anywhere.

  1. What if the look we want is two pole barns really, connected by a wide hallway and one side vaulted around 25′, the other side two levels?

    1. Not a problem – a Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer will be reaching out to you shortly, or call 1.866.200.9657 for immediate assistance.

  2. These starting prices include what exactly?
    How custom are you?
    Doors, windows, insulation, heaters, lighting, fans etc?…..

    1. Starting pricing is for a fully enclosed “box” including everything needed to erect the building other than concrete, rebar and any nails normally driven from a nail gun. Included items also include two sets of full sized 24″ x 36′ engineer sealed blueprints specific to your building at your site, our 500 page step-by-step installation manual and unlimited free technical support.

      We offer 100% customization of any dimensions, roof slope, building style and structural features. We typically provide all doors and windows and can provide several insulation options. We do not handle electrical, plumbing or HVAC items, fixtures or appliances.

    1. Hansen Pole Buildings provides fully engineered, custom designed post frame buildings, with multiple buildings in all 50 states. These can be designed to be built over full, partial or walk out basements. Our buildings are designed for the average physically capable person who can and will read instructions to successfully construct their own beautiful buildings (and many of our clients do DIY). Our buildings come with full 24” x 36” blueprints detailing the location and attachment of every piece, a 500 page fully illustrated step-by-step installation manual, as well as unlimited technical support from people who have actually built buildings. For those without the time or inclination, we have an extensive independent Builder Network covering the contiguous 48 states. We can assist you in getting erection labor pricing as well as introducing you to potential builders.

    1. Thank you for your interest in a new Hansen Pole Building. A Building Designer will be reaching out to you shortly, or for immediate assistance call 1.866.200.9657.

    1. Thank you for your interest in a new Hansen Pole Building. A Building Designer will be reaching out to you shortly.


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