You might be thinking that buying a shed is like buying a pair of shoes. Just a matter of getting the right size in the right color. But you if you were to talk to shed lovers they’ll quickly tell you there’s more to a good shed. It has to be well lit. It has to be shady. It has to be warm and cozy in winter but cool in summer. All true although above all, a good shed has to have the right kind of space and in the right amount. The list of shed requirements could be endless depending on who you talk to. But before you let go of your money, here’s a few shed related things to think about.
Things to Consider Before Making a Purchase
Before you finalize your purchase for a utility shed for your garden, you need to consider the following points:
Cost: You should always have information at hand about how much money you can spend. There will be options available to fit your budget. If you cannot spend a lot, there are 4 x 7-foot plastic resin sheds that are budget friendly. But, if you’re willing to shell out more, an 8 x 10-foot wooden shed is a popular low cost option although its usual to find the larger the shed, the higher the price. Custom-built sheds being the most expensive.
DIY or Not: Another important consideration is to decide whether you should buy a DIY shed or put your money on a professionally built structure. This depends on your experience and if you have enough time or the inclination. A DIY shed well constructed will work just fine as one that someone else put together. It’s up to you to know if you have the skills to do it. However, if there’s doubt, it is a better idea to buy a prefab and have it erected by professionals. They will be more expensive though – and of course, the shed still requires prep work to provide a flat water resistant foundation. But if you have even only half decent woodworking skills, you can handle a DIY shed and have it installed in a weekend.
Of course, for larger sheds, you may need a license. So allow for the time this takes in your planning. It’s better to find out what you need to do to be legal before you even start your search.
Finding the Spot after Buying Your Shed
By the time your shed arrives in bits, you should have the ideal spot in your yard or garden ready. For this, again you will have to consider the prevailing laws in your area. For example, how close you can keep your shed to property boundaries or natural features, especially in sensitive wetlands. Moreover, it is important to ensure that you don’t try to install it in places where you might dig into or cover gas lines, water pipes or electrical cables or even worse, your septic tank.
Which, where and who are standard things to consider on a structural project. Although you might think the same three things if you’ve put up a swing set. But in the excitement of making shed based decisions strange things happen and the most common mishap is misjudging the space available. The remedy is to survey your shed site thoroughly not just to find manhole covers and the like but to take accurate measurements and plot out the desired position of the shed. It’s an important step. What’s the point of installing a shed in your yard, if you’ve not left enough room to open the door and can’t get anything inside.