How to Buy Surplus Steel Buildings

Realize a cost savings by buying an overstock steel structure.
Realize a cost savings by buying an overstock steel structure. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Surplus steel buildings are an option if you want to save a significant amount of money on a new shed or workshop. These buildings are overstocks or unwanted buildings designed for a customer but never purchased. Although you don't have as much control over the attributes, surplus steel buildings hold major advantages for your own acreage, farm or business.

Make a list of the characteristics you cannot do without on the structure you need. For instance, if you need a 15-foot door to fit farm machinery, this is a necessity.

Search websites that sell surplus steel buildings, such as You can quickly see available inventory with the click of a mouse.

Determine if the company has a warranty for its surplus steel buildings. Some companies provide absolutely no warranty because some of the materials have been in a warehouse for years; other companies provide 30-year warranties just as any other builder.

Do your research on the company before you buy. Finding surplus steel building dealers is quite easy on the Internet, but you should call a supplier directly and ask for references. Search on the Better Business Bureau's website as well.

Purchase your building directly through the company. Ask about payment plans and delivery options.

Schedule delivery to coincide with the schedule of your crew. Most surplus steel buildings come in pieces, and you must put the pieces together. Avoid leaving your steel and materials sitting outside for months before installation.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can't be too picky with sizing or the color of the surplus steel buildings. However, as long as the building meets your specifications, the savings are significant.
  • Typically, there is a wait time of about four weeks until a company can deliver a surplus steel building to your site.

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