How do you search for churches for sale? It is not as simple as buying a house, and even that is not an easy, stress free event. There are more factors to consider when the building is going to be used as a meeting place. The number of expected people who will come visit will effect parking arrangements; churches with more than 10,000 patrons form multiple sites for a reason. The place should also be relatively easy for visitors to find. And of course, the cost needs to be right.
A traditional church building may be in a prime location, with ample parking space, and plenty of room for group meetings and offices. It is also likely to be extremely expensive. If cost is not a concern, enjoy the end of your search. If you are looking at churches for sale that (hopefully) meet your requirements at a lower price point, read below.
The first mistake you are making in your search is having too narrow of a view. Buildings that are not traditional churches can still serve as an excellent place of worship. Depending on the size of the congregation, modular buildings may fulfill your purposes.
A modular building can be built in as few as two weeks, and is known for being surprisingly durable. They can actually withstand 175 mph winds. If time is a factor, and the congregation small, a portable cabin (modular building) may be just the thing to help. Schools sites have been using portable cabins for decades, seeing them as a solution to overcrowding. The only requirement is having enough room outside to hold one.
Churches generally report that the cost of their building is the second largest expense they experience. If it is possible to minimize that cost, it is worth considering a unique solution. Schools, for example, use modular buildings for a few reasons, but report that the upfront cost of one can be between 36% and 77% less than building an on-site addition. Before you look at entire churches for sale, consider making a lower-cost addition in favor of solving your over-crowding issue.