3 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Shed

June 3, 2019      Shed Blog

mistakes to avoid when buying a shed

With so many different storage buildings available to choose from on different shed builder’s sites, one might wonder how to decide which building to choose for their property. Don’t we scroll through endless shed websites and get more confused as we try to narrow down our options? This an all too common dilemma many shed buyers face. With our knowledge and rich experience of being in the shed industry for more than 30 years, we decided to highlight common Shed Buying Mistakes and also put together tips to help you avoid them.

1. Starting Off On the Wrong Foot

Owning a shed is more than just clicking on the buy button and Tada! Long before the shed gets delivered to your property, there are many things to do and consider.

Many people do that later instead of doing the pre-steps.  Don’t hit the buy button on a shed without having answers to these three questions.

Do I need a permit to have a shed/ garage?

Am I set up to build a Shed Pad/ foundation?

Do I have enough space on my property to place the building?

If you are uncertain or haven’t thought about these questions, then you are starting off on the wrong foot.

Tip: Call your city ordinance department. They would be more than happy to provide your answers as it relates to permits.  Also, remember to include a budget in your planning stages to build a shed foundation.

2. Not Considering Storage Space, You Actually Need

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You might think this is the most obvious criteria, but many people end up with a building that is not intended for their needed use. Some buildings will claim to be multi-use and some are constructed for specific uses.

A 10X14 storage shed might look cute on your property or match the colors of your house paint but if you intend on storing your vehicle or large equipment, you now have a useless building sitting on your property.

Tip: To avoid scenarios like these happening to you, make sure you mention the intended building use you desire when shopping for a shed or a garage. Any reputable shed builder will advise you on the correct sizing/type of building you should choose.

3. Not Considering Your Property Aesthetics When Buying A Shed

Imagine driving by a large farm with silos and animals in the background and hay stacked on top of each other, then noticing an urban shed right in the center of the farm. While this might throw you off, it is an often occurring incident. It’s a case of choosing the right shed with the wrong look.

Aesthetics matter when it comes to choosing your storage building. Most storage sheds last for years and may even hit the decade mark.  You don’t want to walk out of your home one day with a regretful sigh when you see that the building you have on your property doesn’t match the overall look.

Tip: Always shop from shed builders that offer a free consultation or brochure to get a sample of their products. Get color samples of sheds or garages offered and compare them right next to your home. You can also mention the look and aesthetic you need to the shed salesperson, and they will be happy to advise you. (See this Common Shed styles)

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