Buying Sheds 101: What You Should Know About Outdoor Storage Sheds
New England Rent To Own
Purchasing an outdoor storage shed isn’t something you do everyday. Materials, leveling, delivery, and zoning laws are just a handful of the concerns that must be ironed out first.
These may not be matters you consider often, but here at New England Rent To Own, we walk customers through the unexpected nuances of buying sheds everyday. Not sure where to start? Here’s what you should know about storage sheds before making a purchase.
There are three main materials sheds are built with.
The vast majority of storage sheds are constructed with either plastic, metal, or wood. Vinyl is often used for plastic sheds and also to coat the metal in metal sheds. Both metal and plastic sheds require little maintenance. Note that metal materials will corrode if their protective coating or paint is damaged, and metal doors will wear over time.
Wood storage sheds require about the same maintenance as a house. This includes occasional repairs (depending on exposure to the elements) and tightening of loose parts. Wood sheds offer a classic look and are a popular option for complementing homes. If you can’t decide which materials are right for you, have a chat with one of our shed specialists.
Zoning law restrictions should be researched before buying sheds.
Zoning law restrictions often include rules on shed placement and height of the shed. It’s as simple as ringing up your city office and asking a few questions. If your shed is under a certain size (usually 120 square feet) you may be able to place it on your property without the city’s prior approval.
The shed’s destination must be accessible for delivery.
If you’re purchasing a pre-built shed, make sure it’s new home is accessible to delivery trucks. Each property is unique and it’s important that your shed provider has experience with both delivery and set up. They will be able to assess your situation if you think delivery will be a problem. Don’t forget to ask if they offer free delivery, block, and level (like we do!).
Sheds can enhance the aesthetic of your property… if designed properly.
Even if you plan on using your shed to house old holiday decorations or garden tools, it’s exterior can be an appealing addition (and worthwhile investment) for your property. An attractive shed should complement the style of your home and be integrated into the surrounding landscape. Try positioning garden beds around your storage shed along with a few trellises for vine plants to grow up.
Ensure your shed’s entrance is large enough.
The last thing you want is to upgrade a piece of equipment, only to realize it won’t fit through the entrance of your storage shed. Do you need double doors? What about steps or a ramp? A little shed customization can go a long way. After you’ve passed through the entrance there should be plenty of room to spare around the items you’re storing.
Cheap sheds can be costly.
There’s nothing wrong with that $300 shed from big box stores if you’re storing something strictly temporary. Keep in mind though: cheap sheds can end up costing more in the long run. Repairing and replacing crumbling structures takes time, money, and they serve as a big eye sore in the meantime.
We can’t tell you how many of our customers were in search of a quality replacement shed for what they had originally bought as a temporary fix. If you think a solid wood shed is out of your budget, you may be surprised! Rent to own options make buying high-quality sheds affordable for just about everyone.