Mar 28, 2007 5:19 pm
Something people should know about kit shed companies.
Been working with some guys in qld that are involved in the building industry.
Due to some recent buildings collapsing ,the big mistakes of kit suppliers are starting to be exposed.Most notably a large shed for the riding for the disabled in qld which came down in calm weather.
At the moment most these companies such as wide span sheds and fair dinkum just sell the kits to customers as cheap as possible and thats where there service ends.which means the customers often get stuck with no builder ect and they blame everything on you if there is any thing wrong with the building.
Alot of the information doesn't get out there enough so people need to know to be careful and to always try and use a company that is a licensed builder even if you are buying a kit as these comapany are monitored and the level of service is much better.
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Mar 29, 2007 7:23 am
Thanks for the tip.
I have basically found the same thing, the majority of the companies selling Sheds are just there to flog the kits, they want nothing to do with the actual erection.
Does anyone know of any of the bigger brands who will actually put down a slab and erect their own Sheds?
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Apr 01, 2007 7:52 pm
Most of them wont do the whole job.I think what you have to look for is there building licence number in any advertisments,as if they build the sheds and do the slab they have to display this.The thing alot of people have been talking about is these companies say they will suppliy a list of erectors after you pay your deposit and the list they do provide,none of the guys will do the job for the price you have been told and also alot of them wont even erect sheds for the company that has provided there name.It's all empty promises
Re: Sheds,garages,carport and any other steel building ect4
Apr 02, 2007 4:34 pm
I recently bought a shed from ShedCo in Adelaide and found that they were very helpful in getting the shed delivered, erected and concrete done. They were the best price and gave me the best service. I also had trouble with the council which they soughted out for me.
I think you need to realise that a "kit" is simply that, a "kit" and you need to get the erection done yourself. Of course it's going to cost more for labour and concrete.
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May 11, 2007 5:05 pm
Hi, just thought I would give you my thoughts as one of the terrible "kit" suppliers.
The industry as a whole is good, but like all industries some members (I won't name any names in a public forum) wreck it for the rest of us.
Yes some buildings collapse- usually the fault of the builder- the engineering that goes into the building doesn't allow for it to collapse as there are at least 2 layers of checks that prevent it happening- the manufacturer of the product ie Lysaght/Stramit has their specification, then the engineer reviews this and to save his *** he adds his safe measure, at the end of the day he is the one to getting sued if it falls down, not the supplier. Make sure that the engineer the company uses is registered in your state- they should have registration for all states and territories- if they don't or the company uses different engineers, why would that be??
Yes we have to sell the kits as cheaply as possible, I have had experience of customers phoning in excess of 30 suppliers to save $20. Steelway don't like to do this and we usually add more product than the minimum, yes it outprices us on some jobs but we can sleep knowing that tommorow our sheds haven't killed someone.
FairDinkumSheds is a buying group with distributors in different areas- just because one distributor does something doesn't mean they all do. We are part of this group but for fear of getting tainted by another distributor we don't refer to Fairdinkum in advertising.
Just because a company has a licensed builder contracting direct to them (ie they advertise with the license number) instead of direct to the client doesn't make any difference. All customers should use a licensed builder or have an owner builders license.
In all cases you are buying a kit- whether they give you a list or have a contract builder. Just remember shed builders are shed builders because they either choose not to be house builders or can't be house builders. We only use ones that are realiable and most of these solely work for us and we will put you in direct contact with them as soon as you have an intention to buy from us. Most won't build your shed if you bought elsewhere due to our good reputation.
Why use a kit company that only gives you a name- You get a better job! The shed company doesn't get a cut, so the builder ends up with more in his pocket, you pay less as you aren't paying the middle man, and if you are holding the money the builder will do the job right so he gets paid- if you hand it all over to the company you have nothing left to bargain with.
Shed company's don't charge enough for the kit to build it for you as well, thats why you pay the builder if the builer doesn't know how to build it, what are you paying him for. We do everything we can to help you but at the end of the day if you/your builder don't read the plans or instructions there is only so much we can do to help.
If you would like to know more or have an honest chat conact me- Todd Steelway Buildings www.steelway.com.au
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May 11, 2007 6:00 pm
Go to www.shedco.com.au I found this to be a superior website that gives you a comprehensive range of sheds, barns and houses to choose from. ShedCo only use Licensed Builders to build these products. Not only do they have factories in every state, but have offices in most state capitals where you can visit their display centres. Most importantly people, speak to salespeople face to face and ask all questions upfront if you are unsure. I was more than happy
Re: Sheds,garages,carport and any other steel building ect7
May 13, 2007 8:50 pm
If you follow the instructions from the manufacturers you shouldn't have any problems.... a lot of the problems stem from the tallents / capabilities of the person putting the shed up.
Here in Qld you have Titan.. and Adro and a couple of others, most will be happy to quote you for concrete and erection and most guarantee their product.
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May 13, 2007 9:01 pm
People who get their ambitions mixed up with their capabilities.....
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