Direct and Indirect Building Costs

Investing in a new building is a big decision, and that means you’ll likely be creating a detailed budget. The most obvious expense that must fit within those parameters is the building itself, but there are other factors that must be considered. If you’re looking to estimate building costs, we’ve provided a brief explanation of budget considerations often associated with purchasing a steel building.

Metal Building Costs 101

Direct Building Costs

  • Atmospheric Conditions: Snow, wind, seismic
  • Intended building use
  • Price of steel

Indirect Building Costs

  • Buying Land
  • Permitting
  • Utilities
Contact Us to Estimate Cost of This Building


Permits and fees will also need to be factored in. Based on the size of land you buy, how the parcel is zoned, what you’re building and how you’re using the space, you’ll need to pay various fees and permit costs. This will vary city to city, so check with officials to see how much this will be for the calendar year and when you’ll need them. You’ll also want to check with the local utility costs to see what you’ll need to do to get water, power and more for your steel building.

Estimating Your Land Budget

The Price of Steel

The third factor is often overlooked but can make a substantial difference in your final steel building cost estimate. The price of steel is not fixed and can fluctuate depending on the world economy, the strength of the American dollar, and even natural disasters. The best strategy for countering this volatility is to pursue your project quickly and complete construction before it is impacted by a steel price increase. Your Project Consultant at General Steel can advise you on where the price of steel is right now and where we expect it to go in the near future.

If You Don't Already Own Land

Land will be the next budget expense that may be up in the air until you talk to the city or landowner. Land prices will vary based on how much you need, whether you buy or lease and what you intend to do with it. Luckily you can hedge this investment by negotiating contingencies that dictate whether or not you have to go through with the purchase.

Need help? We're listening.
Let us guide you through your decision.

No matter where you are in the process of building, General Steel has a solution for you. From our simple 3 step building quote to our growing library of project resources, General Steel is the company you've been looking for.

Building FAQs