This is a great question. When it comes to prefab metal buildings, there are many variables that effect the price of a building. Variables, such as building location, size of the building, and building codes are a few major factors. Other contributing factors include trim types, accessories, insulation, etc.
When getting a price from a Metal Building Company, receiving a really low price is a red flag. Chances are the building is completely bare and is not what you had envisioned. Many companies do not include building trim, overhead doors, or the correct IBC code for insurance and/or permitting purposes. When metal buildings only come with framed openings, it is left to the customer to provide the overhead doors.
When comparing buildings apples to apples, Metal Building Distributors are all usually very close on Metal Building prices. The mark-up price is generally the only difference between two companies.
With that said, a safe ballpark budgeting price for a Metal Building only is between $8-$15 per square foot. Of course that depends on how many accessories are included, shipping distance, bldg. location, etc. The larger the building the less the price per sq. ft. For instance, a 1,200 s.f bldg. may be $10 per square foot while a 5,000 s.f bldg. may be $6.50 per s.f.
When shopping for a metal building, you have many options. It is recommended that you find a Metal Building Distributor that also erects the building. This ensures that the building suppliers follows through with all metal building promises.