With the current trend of downsizing, homeowners are looking for spaces where they can store their belongings. From seasonal clothing and decorations to bulky furniture pieces, there are plenty of things you can store in a self-storage unit. That’s why we see an ever-increasing demand for the self-storage industry.

If you want to start a self-storage business, prefab metal building solutions offer several advantages. Self-storage units made of steel are expandable and highly customizable. With construction costs at all-time highs, prefab buildings cut costs at every stage of the project. In this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about steel self-storage units:

Pros of Metal Self-Storage Buildings

  • Lots of clear spans
  • Lower construction and maintenance costs
  • Requires fewer foundations and structural support
  • Better insurance rates 
  • Only requires a semi-annual pressure wash
  • Provides fire, moisture, and impact resistance

How To Buy a Prefab Building for Your Storage Business

Buying a steel building might be a challenge for first-timers. However, there are multiple ways you can order a prefab building kit for your self-storage business. You can purchase it through a broker, a general contractor, or directly from the building manufacturer. Follow these steps to purchasing your steel self-storage unit:

Step 1: Determine Your Needs

Before calling a supplier, you should first establish your needs. Is your target market homeowners or businesses? Will your self-storage facility be used for storing boats or RVs? Or will it be a climate-controlled storage unit? These questions will guide you in deciding if a metal building is right for you.

By knowing the purpose of the self-storage unit, it’s easier to choose the dimensions, design, and features that you will need. A metal building expert can help you calculate the length, width, and height of your storage unit.

Step 2: Look for Metal Building Companies

Always do your own diligence when starting a self-storage business. One way to do this is by researching companies that offer durable yet cost-effective building kits. With the help of technology, it’s now easy to read reviews and ask for references. Testimonials from previous customers help you gauge the quality of their products.

You may also request a detailed quote from different suppliers. By obtaining price estimates from multiple companies, you can compare prices and avoid overpaying for your self-storage unit. The quote should include all costs associated with the metal building installation, such as the following:

  • A detailed description of the prefab building kit
  • Breakdown of labor and material costs
  • Add-ons, accessories, and other building features
  • Timeline of delivery
  • Payment terms and options

Step 3: Customize Your Self-Storage Unit 

Once you have chosen a company, it’s time to choose a design for your self-storage facility. Your steel building contractor will create a 3D drawing of your metal building based on your desired dimensions. The initial layout will indicate the size, features, and frames of the self-storage unit.

Many metal building companies have catalogs of our metal building plans that you can use as a starting point. While you can choose from a list of available models, you can still work with the supplier to make the necessary modifications. 

At Texas Custom Metal Buildings of Midland, all units are custom-designed and manufactured according to our client’s needs and budgets.

Step 4: Fabricate Off-site and Install On-site

Prefab buildings like metal carports and barndominiums can be manufactured off-site. This means less money is spent on labor costs. After finalizing the design and completing all required paperwork, the team will proceed with the fabrication process. The building components will be manufactured simultaneously while the site is being prepared. 

After the fabrication process, all parts and components are delivered to the construction site where they are assembled. The final step involves erecting the walls, attaching all the accessories, and completing the finishing work. Once your self-storage building is fully assembled, you start your business.

Work With Us for Your Steel Structure Project

When it comes to prefab steel buildings for residential and commercial applications, Texas Custom Metal Buildings of Midland is here to assist you. We offer customized designs for setting up your self-storage business. With our undisputed track record and commitment to quality, we aim to provide top-notch quality in the design, installation, and completion of steel building projects. Feel free to get in touch with us today!