Tips for Picking the Right Shed for Your Home

Many people like to have sheds on their property to store lawn equipment or excess furniture. Quality sheds should last you at least 15 to 20 years. If you are like most homeowners, you expect your furniture to last as least that long. Nearly 93% of all homeowners expect their wooden furniture to last at least 15 years. So, if you find you have too much furniture, this happens a lot when two people start living together, you may want to consider looking at sheds.

Tips for Picking the Right Shed for Your Home.

  • Look past the price. When looking at sheds, a lot of people see a super cheap price tag and then that is all they see. Often, quality sheds are not all that much more expensive than a cheaper one. For example, vinyl and cedar sheds may only cost a little more than a cheaper model but they will last you a lot longer making it more cost effective that buying cheap garden sheds.
  • Ask about rent to own options. Many providers of quality sheds have options for people to rent own their sheds. This is often a great way for people to get the shed they really want rather than settling for a cheaper model or discount sheds.
  • Make sure your shed design fits in with your yard and home. Your shed should compliment your home. It is as much a part of the look of your house as your landscaping. Custom sheds are best for this as you can make sure they look exactly the way you want them to. Plants around the shed will let it blend in. Also, accents such as windows or flower boxes can be added to make it look more like your main home. Adding these touches can impact the return on investment (ROI) for the shed.
  • Find out what your zoning laws say about sheds. Some regions and cities require you to get a permit before you put in a shed. Make sure you do your research and call your local or state government offices before you install a shed. To neglect this step can be very costly and be a general pain.
  • Consider what materials you want your shed to be made of. Vinyl sheds are a good option as they are usually very well made. Cedar sheds are also very durable. Steel and aluminum sheds are prone to rust and are not considered to be the same caliber as quality sheds.
  • Make sure you make your shed big enough. You will probably need more space than you think you will need. One good “rule of thumb” is to add about 25% to what you think you will need. It is cheaper to build bigger and not need the space than build too small and have to add another shed.
  • Decide if you want to hire someone or do it all yourself. There is something nice about building something yourself. It may save you money, or cost you more if you have to end up having it built by someone else. You can also buy one and have it installed. Think about how much time you really have to devote to the project and how experienced you are. Some people like to get started on this kind of project but never really have the time to complete it.
  • Prepare the foundation for your shed. No shed is complete without a foundation. This can be concrete, cinder blocks or crushed stone. There are options for what you can use but you need something. You should also make sure you have a layer of pressurized wood to protect the floor of your shed.
  • Your shed is an extension of your home. It reflects on your, your taste and your style. It can also add (or detract from) a lot of value to your home, should you ever want to sell it. People like sheds. When picking yours, think about how it will fit in with your home and your landscaping and have some fun.

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