What to look for in a kit

Before buying a kit building from ANY company…

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

What skills and experience are required to assemble the kit?

  • Find out what prior building experience will be required.
  • Make sure that you know how to safely operate the required tools.
  • 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.

What materials are included?

  • You should read the materials list very carefully so you know exactly what is included.
  • 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?

What tools and equipment are required to do the job?

  • Check for a list of required tools, which for some kits could include circular saws, a table saw, sabre saw, reciprocating saw and a variety of hand tools.
  • You should check to see if you have to hire a crane to lift large components into place.

What do the components of the kit weigh, and how do they have to be handled?

  • Make sure that you and your helpers can handle the kit components safely. Panelized components can be very heavy, especially at the end of a long day.
  • Make sure that you will not need heavy equipment to unload the delivery truck.

How complicated are the instructions and drawings?

  • We suggest that you carefully look at a sample set of each, to make sure that you can follow them easily. Make sure that they are for YOUR kit, not a generic kit.

What does your local building code require?

  • You should talk to your local officials before you order a kit.
  • Make sure that the kit complies with the requirements for wind and snow, seismic and live loads for your site.
  • Make sure that engineer-stamped plans are available, if they are required.

What support is available from the manufacturer?

  • You should make sure that support and advice is available before, during and after your project. Make sure that the company has been in business for several years.