Storage Sheds: The Complete 2019 Buyers Guide

Storage sheds are a great solution to your home storage needs. You will find a variety of styles, sizes, price points, materials, and levels of quality on the market today. To help you make sure that you are getting the right shed for the best value, we’ve put together a complete 2019 buyers guide to purchasing your perfect shed. For the highest quality storage shed, at a price you can afford, contact Classic Buildings today.

get a free quote

 

Storage Sheds: The Complete 2019 Buyers Guide – Index

Anytime, not just the summertime, is a great time to gain that extra space that you need in order to get organized. This Storage Shed Buyers Guide is designed to help you make that purchase wisely. Click on the links below to go immediately to the section of the guide that you want or start at the beginning and work your way through to the end.

1. Why Buy a Storage Shed Instead of Renting Self Storage Space
2. Most Common Uses for Storage Sheds
3. Will a Storage Shed Add to or Decrease the Value of Your Home?
4. Comparison of Plastic, Metal and Wood Sheds
5. Average Price Ranges for Storage Sheds
6. Ways to Increase the Lifespan of Your Shed
7. Tips on How to Find the Best Shed Supplier in Your Area
8. Unique Shed Ideas

 

 

 

1. Why Buy a Storage Shed Instead of Renting Self Storage Space

If you need extra storage, but don’t have a lot of extra money to invest in a storage shed, you may be considering the option of renting space in a public storage facility. While this may seem like the more economical choice, in reality, there is a better option: rent-to-own. Renting-to-own a storage shed is far superior to paying for public storage for several reasons:

Cost:

You can actually rent-to-own your very own custom-built storage shed from as little as $85 per month. That is comparable to the cost of renting a similar space in a public storage unit .

Payments End:

Once you have made your final payment, your shed belongs to you. There is no need to continue paying a monthly fee. If you choose the public storage route, you will have to continue making payments as long as you are using the space. So in effect, paying towards the purchase of your building instead of renting is actually cheaper over the long term.

 

Convenience:

It is so much more convenient to have your things stored right on your property where they are easy to access at any time of the day or night. You can get them when you need them instead of having to drive to the location where your storage unit is. If you require storage for your gardening supplies and equipment, it doesn’t make sense to have them stored off your property.

Building Equity:

Making a monthly payment that is actually going towards the purchase of a portable building instead of a rental fee, means that you will be the owner of that building once the last payment is made. You will have something to show for those payments unlike renting a space where all of your monthly payments are going to your landlord and once you finish with the arrangement, you will have nothing to show for it.

 

 

2. Most Common Uses for Storage Sheds

 

Gardening Supplies:

If you love gardening, then a storage shed can become your best friend. It will give you the extra space that you need to store your various sized pots, potting soil, and fertilizer – not to mention all of the tools that you will need such as pruning shears and weeders. If you get your shed customized, you can add extra windows so that you have plenty of light to start your seedlings indoors and protected from late frosts. Make sure you also include a workbench and shelves to keep everything neat and organized.

 

 

Lawncare:

If you want some extra room in your garage, you can purchase a storage shed that will hold your lawnmower, hoses, rakes, weed-eater, and gas cans. If you have a riding lawn mower, you will want to make sure that you purchase one with double doors and a ramp for easy access in and out of your shed. Installing a tool rack will also help keep your lawn care tools tidy and easy to find.

 

 

Camping:

If your family likes camping, then you probably know that your camping equipment can take up a lot of space. Instead of trying to squeeze it all into various corners of your home or garages, why not store it altogether in one storage shed? You’ll always know where it is and packing up for that next camping trip will be a breeze.

 

 

Sports Equipment:

Playing sports is great for your health as well as an awesome way for your family to spend time together. Many sports, however, require a lot of equipment and therefore a lot of storage space. An outdoor shed can be the best place to store all of your sporting equipment. Whether your family is into f00tball, baseball, skiing, tennis, fishing, or basketball, a storage shed in your backyard can comfortably and safely hold all of the things that you need to enjoy these sports.

 

skiing equipment

 

Bicycles:

Cycling is a great way to get fit, but if each member of your family has their own bike, they can quickly take up a large portion of your garage space. Get those bikes out of your garage and store them in a shed in your backyard where they will be safe and protected from the elements.

 

 

Tools:

If you are a handyman or handywoman, a tool shed is the perfect place for you to store your precious tools. You can have your shed customized with additional shelving, tool racks and workbenches. These items can also help you not only start, but actually finish all of those DIY projects that you have been wanting to do.

 

 

Craft Supplies:

When you think of a storage shed, doing crafts may not usually come to your mind. However, if space is limited in your home, a shed can become a great solution for not only storing your craft supplies, but it can also be a quiet retreat where you can escape to and create to your heart’s content.

 

 

3. Will a Storage Shed Add to or Decrease the Value of Your Home?

Storage sheds can both add and detract from the value of your home. In order to add value a shed should:

  • Be in good condition and be high quality
  • Match the style of your home
  • Have the correct permits
  • Have a specific purpose such as a garden shed, workshop, or granny suite

A storage shed however can decrease the value of your home if it:

  • Is in poor condition
  • Is too costly to maintain or repair
  • Doesn’t match the style of your home
  • Doesn’t have a desired purpose such as an unused chicken coop

 

  

4. Comparison of Plastic, Metal and Wood Sheds

The most common materials that storage sheds are made from are plastic (also referred to as resin or vinyl), metal and wood.

Plastic Sheds

Plastic sheds are easy to maintain and they are rot, insect and rust resistant. Because they are the lightest option, they are very easy to move. Even though they are very durable, they are less sturdy than their wooden counterparts and cannot support a lot of weight on their walls.

Wood Sheds

Wooden sheds are usually the most expensive option. However, they generally look the best and with the proper care, can last a lifetime. They are very strong and are probably the easiest of the three types to customize. They come in numerous shapes and sizes and can even be designed to perfectly match your home.

Metal Sheds

Metal Storage Shed on Kijiji

Source: Metal Storage Shed on Kijiji

Metal sheds are the least expensive option and they require little maintenance such as painting or treatment against insects. They are very durable, however, over time they may be susceptible to rust and corrosion. They are usually difficult to customize and they are the least attractive of the three options.

To learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of plastic, wood and metal sheds, click here. The following infographic will give you a great overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the three types of shed materials.

 

pros and cons of wood, metal, and plastic sheds

 

5. Average Price Ranges for Storage Sheds

There are so many different styles, sizes and types of storage sheds that it is difficult to give you specific prices, however, we have put together some average price ranges for the most common sizes.

Metal sheds are by far the cheapest to purchase. However, they may not be the nicest to look at and they probably won’t add value to your property. Even though wooden sheds are usually the most expensive to purchase initially, if they are quality made and well maintained, they could last much longer than their metal counterparts. If you are concerned about the higher investment but would like a better quality shed, you could consider an option like rent-to-own or purchase through a company that provides financing with no money down.

 
 

6. Ways to Increase the Lifespan of Your Shed

Keep Your Shed Clean:

Spring cleaning is not only a good idea for your home but it also applies to your shed. Giving your shed a good thorough cleaning at least once a year will not only make it look better, but will also help it to last longer. Check for any signs of mold or mildew on the inside and the outside and remove that. For more extensive cleaning instructions, click here.

Fill in Any Cracks in Your Wood Shed:

Cracks in wood can develop over time. To prevent them from getting bigger, fill them in with epoxy and wood dust. The following video will show you how to do this.

 

Fix Any Cracks in Your Plastic Shed:

Just like a wooden shed, a plastic one can also develop cracks over time. It is important to catch the crack early so that it doesn’t become larger. You can fix it by taking a piece of plastic (the same type as your shed purchased from a hardware store) and welding it over the cracked surface. This is not an easy job, so you may want to hire a professional to do it for you. Click here to learn the whole process.

Fix Any Rust Spots on Your Metal Shed:

The sooner you catch a rust spot and fix it, the better. You will need to thoroughly clean the rusted area by removing the rust and any damaged paint until the spot is bare. Apply a clear sealant and rust neutralizer to the area. You may need to apply a second coat to the spot.

 

Classic building staff

The friendly staff at Classic Buildings really cares about their customers

 
 

7. Tips on How to Find the Best Shed Supplier in Your Area

Look for a supplier with a good reputation:

You can check out online and trustworthy sites like the Better Business Bureau to find out something about the reputation of the dealer.

Use a local supplier that has been in business for a long time:

If the supplier has been in business for a reasonably long time and they are locally owned and operated; it is probably a good indicator that they are good at what they do. It is difficult for a local business to stay in business for very long if the products they produce are bad quality and their customer service is poor.

Ask past customers about the supplier:

If you know someone who has dealt with the supplier in the recent past, ask them their opinion. If you have friends or family that have dealt with them, then that is even better! If you don’t know anyone who has dealt with them, you can go online to find customer testimonials.

 

 

8. Unique Shed Ideas

Storage sheds do not have to look like a big ugly box in your backyard. There are many unique and beautiful designs and styles that will complement not detract from the curb appeal of your property. The following is a selection of lovely shed designs that you can choose from. Or take some inspiration from the photos and design your own custom shed to your exact specifications.

 

Unique storage shed

Unique storage shed by Classic Buildings

 

Quaint storage shed

Quaint storage shed by Classic Buildings

 

"Cute as a button" shed

“Cute as a button” shed by Classic Buildings

 

Dog Kennel

Dog Kennel by Classic Buildings

 

children's playhouse

Children’s playhouse by Classic Buildings

 

Classic Buildings: For the Highest Quality, Custom Built Storage Sheds on the Market

Missouri Home Shows

Purchasing a high quality, custom crafted storage shed doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t need to wait until you have enough money saved to buy one. Contact Classic Buildings today or visit the location nearest to you and find out how easy it is to rent-to-own your own beautiful wooden shed. We provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depends on the size of your shed.

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide!

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

“Your company produces such a quality storage building! You can tell that quality went into it because the quality just shines through it. Even the delivery was a class act. All of you do a great job.” – Rick Franklin
 Read more testimonials here!

 

Portable Buildings: The Complete 2019 Buyers Guide

Portable buildings come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, price points, materials, and levels of quality. To help you make sure you are getting the right shed for the best value, we’ve put together a complete guide to purchasing your perfect portable building. For the highest quality portable shed, at a price you can afford,  contact Classic Buildings today.

get a free quote

 

Portable Buildings: The Complete 2019 Buyers Guide – Index

Click on the links below to go immediately to the section of the guide that you want or start at the beginning and work your way through to the end.

1. What Are the Key Features to Look for in Portable Building?
2. Most Common Uses for Portable Buildings
3. Benefits of Custom Built Portable Buildings over Prefab Buildings or Building Kits
4. How Much Portable Buildings Typically Cost
5. Tactics to Reduce the Cost of Your Portable Building
6. Tips for How to Find the Best Portable Buildings Supplier in Your City
7. Portable Building Style/Look Ideas

 

1. What Are The Key Features To Look For In A Portable Building?

 

Check Out Their Quality of Construction:

Even though your portable building is smaller than your home, it will still be exposed to the same elements. You want to make sure that your portable building is going to last. A lower quality shed that is a few hundred dollars less than a quality built one may very well need to be replaced after a few years, meaning that your overall cost of investment is more than if you had purchased the higher quality shed in the first place. Look for a company that constructs their portable buildings using the same processes used in building a home.

Look For Highly Durable Paint:

If you are purchasing a wooden shed that is painted, make sure that the paint used the is manufactured for extreme durability. The top companies that make portable buildings will use paint that was originally designed for outside barn walls, meaning that it is one of the most durable paints that you can get. Ask if the paint has a warranty; higher quality paint will come with a 25-year warranty against chipping and peeling.

ultra shed

Ultra shed by Classic Buildings

Find Out What Type Of Flooring Is Used:

The floor of your shed gets a lot of wear and tear and therefore needs to be very durable, especially if you are storing heavier items. Look for a high-quality flooring such as AdvanTech. AdvanTech is a flooring that is a high-density engineered wood for superior strength, moisture resistance, and quality; it comes with a 500-day no-sanding guarantee.

Advantech Floor

Make Sure It Has A Diamond Treadplate:

A diamond treadplate is an important and often overlooked feature when buying a shed. The raised diamond pattern of this aluminum treadplate is not only decorative but, more importantly, it can keep you from slipping as you enter and it will make this high-traffic part of your shed much more durable.

Diamond-Treadplate

Find Out What The Entrance Ramps Are Like:

It is a good idea to have an entrance ramp that isn’t permanent and is lightweight enough that you can easily pick it up and store it in your shed when you are not using it.

Ramp

Choose A Building With Anti-Warping Doors:

Check to see that the doors on your portable shed are anti-warping. You don’t want your doors to warp over time, or else they may not close properly. If they do warp, then you will either have to replace them or risk having what you stored inside your shed being damaged or stolen.

anti warp door

Check Out The Door Handles:

The quality of a portable building’s door handles may seem like an insignificant thing to be concerned about, however, this can be a very good indicator of how much better built a shed actually is. A building that has heavy duty door handles will probably have also been constructed better all around.

New Door Handle 2

 

2. Most Common Uses For Portable Buildings

Portable buildings can be used for countless purposes. Here are some of the most common ones.

 

Storage Sheds

Probably the most common use of a portable building is for extra storage. At some point in your life, you will likely feel the need to have some extra storage space to free up living space. and a portable building is a great solution as it keeps your extra items close by and handy for use while keeping them out of your home or garage.

Garden Sheds

Quaker Shed by Classic Buildings

Tiny Houses

Tiny houses are a popular trend in the United States. They are a great way to have your own home at a very reasonable cost while being environmentally friendly. Learn more about the advantages of tiny houses here.

Two Story cabin

Two Story tiny cabin by Classic Buildings

Garages

Sometimes one garage isn’t enough. A portable building is a great choice if you are looking to install a garage or add an additional one for extra storage for all of your vehicles and equipment.

Studios

Having a quiet place to work and be creative can be a great advantage for any kind of artist. Putting a studio in your own backyard is not only convenient but will also help you save on rental fees over time.

Garden Shed

If you are an avid gardener or even if you just like to make your landscaping look neat and tidy, then a garden shed is a great asset for all of your gardening tools and supplies. Choose one with double doors to make sure that your riding lawnmower will fit inside easily.

Workshop

If you have run out of space in your garage and there isn’t a place for a workshop in your basement, a great option is to purchase a portable building and set up a workshop in your backyard. You are less likely to be disturbed while you completing those handyman projects and you can finally get all of your tools organized by installing a special unit like the one pictured below.

 

 

3. Benefits of Custom Built Portable Buildings over Prefab Buildings or Building Kit

 

 

You Can Get the Exact Design that You Want

When you choose to purchase a custom built, portable building, you can actually choose all the options, features, design, layout, colors, and sizes that you want. You won’t have to settle for a limited number of styles and options like you would if you are purchasing a prefab building or building kit.

 

Delivered and Set Up Completely for You

The best custom built portable building companies will actually deliver your building safely to your property and set it up on-site for you. Most prefab buildings and building kits will be delivered to you and left curbside for you to set up yourself, often charging you extra for delivery. Classic Buildings will deliver and set up their buildings with no delivery fee if you live within 30 miles of any of their many showrooms. The delivery will be professionally done with little disturbance of your property. The following video will show you a sample of one of their buildings being delivered so that you can know what to expect.

 

You Can Deal with a Locally Owned and Operated Company

If you purchase a custom built, portable building from a local company like Classic Buildings, you can feel good about dealing with a family run business that is totally based in the United States. From manufacturing, showrooms, salespeople, paperwork, delivery, and installation, all of the work and processes are completely handled by Classic Buildings employees; they don’t outsource any portion of the process. When you call any of their locations, you can also talk to the same person, Monday through Saturday. That isn’t always the case when you are purchasing a prefab building or building kit from a large retail organization.

Classic building staff

Meet the Staff of Classic Buildings

 

 

 

4. How Much Portable Buildings Typically Cost

 

 

The cost of a portable building depends on a number of factors including:

  • Size
  • Materials Used
  • Options
  • Design
  • Quality

You can typically expect to pay anywhere from $800 for a very small, basic prefab style to $8,000 for a large, two storey custom built structure.

If you don’t have enough money to purchase the portable building that you really want, you could consider a Rent-To-Own option. Classic Buildings can provide you with a beautiful custom built shed, that fits your needs and specifications perfectly for as low as $85 per month. There’s no credit check; everyone is instantly approved. You can use either a credit card, check or cash for the deposit and the initial payment. The greatest benefit to the Rent-To-Own option is that when you have made your final payment, the portable building is yours.

playhouse

Playhouse from Classic Buildings

 

5. Tactics to Reduce the Cost of Your Portable Building

 

 

Choose a Portable Building that Is Built to Last:

Paying a bit more money upfront can actually save you money in the long run. If you purchase a building that is built to last then you will not have to replace it in a few years and you will have fewer maintenance costs.

Make Sure You Get Free Delivery:

Check to see if the delivery is included in the price. If you are charged an extra fee for delivery than the price may not be a good as you thought it was in the first place. Classic Buildings, for example, will deliver your new portable building to your home free of charge within 30 miles of one of our showrooms including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are also located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide!

 

Ask About Extra Features that Are Included in the Price:

Often many features that you really want in your shed will cost you extra. Look for a portable building that has lots of additional features included in the standard price. For example, if you purchase a shed from Classic Buildings, you will pay the same price whether you choose a metal or a shingled roof and ridge vent ventilation is standard on all of their buildings. Many other companies charge extra for these features.

Choose a Rent-to-Own Option over Public Storage:

If you don’t have the funds to purchase a portable building but you still need extra storage, choose a rent-to-own option rather than paying for public storage. Paying a monthly fee to store your things doesn’t make sense when you can pay a similar amount of money to rent a building on your own property that you will eventually own.

why-pay-rent

 

6. Tips for How to Find the Best Portable Buildings Supplier in Your City

 

Look for a portable buildings supplier that offers a free site evaluation

A free site evaluation involves coming to your home:

  • To see if the building you want can be delivered, already constructed, into your backyard, or if it needs to be built in the backyard.
  • To shoot grade to determine what it will take for building to be level.
  • To offer advice about the best potential locations for your shed
  • To measure the grade of your chosen site with a laser transit to ensure easy access into the storage building.
  • To make suggestions about the size and style of building that will complement your property and store all the items you want the best.
  • To show you different color options for the building, in your own space, so you can evaluate colors against those of your home.

site location

Find a dealer that has a solid reputation

Ask your friends and family members for recommendations for a portable building supplier that they have used in the past and have been happy with. If you don’t know anyone who has purchased from a reputable dealer then search online to find local dealers and read their testimonials. You can also check out consumer help sites such as the Better Business Bureau to make sure that there are no complaints against the company.

 

7. Portable Building Style/Look Ideas

Check out the following gallery to get some ideas for possible portable building styles or looks that you could choose from.

 

 

Classic Buildings: Quality, Custom Crafted Portable Buildings At An Affordable Price

Missouri Home Shows

Purchasing a high quality, custom crafted wooden shed doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t need to wait until you have enough money saved to buy one. Contact Classic Buildings today or visit the location nearest to you and find out how easy it is to rent-to-own your own beautiful wooden shed. We provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide!

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

“Your company produces such a quality storage building! You can tell that quality went into it because the quality just shines through it. Even the delivery was a class act. All of you do a great job.” – Rick Franklin
 Read more testimonials here!

Shed To House – 5 Sheds Converted To Homes

Shed to house conversions are becoming more and more popular and for very good reasons. They can save you time and money, they are environmentally friendly, and if you aren’t an avid do-it-yourselfer, they can also be purchased fully assembled and ready to convert. Here are 5 great examples of ways you can convert your shed into an awesome living space for yourself, your family members, or even as an extension of your existing home. If you are thinking of converting a shed into a tiny house, contact Classic Buildings today to find out how easy and economical it could be.


 

 

Make a “Shed To House” Your Primary Residence

In the following video, you can see a couple build a shed from scratch and then kit it out as a tiny house where they will live. You can watch as Robert and Samantha go through the construction process of their new home – and thanks to stop-motion photography, it only takes 8 minutes to watch. Converting a shed to be your primary residence makes sense for a number of reasons. It’s much more economical than purchasing a full-sized home and it’s easier on the environment as it takes fewer materials and has a smaller footprint.

 

Converted Sheds Make Great Granny Flats Or Guest Houses

Doing a shed to house conversion is a great way to have a perfect place for your in-laws, relatives, or overnight guests to stay. It can be a temporary residence for weekend guests or something more permanent for your mom to live in so she is close by but still has her own space. Sheds made by companies such as Classic Buildings can be custom made to your exact specifications, ready to be wired for electricity and with the options for insulation and drywall. A two-story model like the one pictured below gives lots of extra space for an upper bedroom. A Classic Buildings shed is made with the same high craftsmanship and premier materials that go into a quality home and they come with a lifetime guarantee so you can purchase with confidence.

 

Rent-To-Own a Boomerang Shed For Your Boomerang Kids

This isn’t a shed from Australia. Boomerang a new term that refers to your children that have finished college, have yet to find a job and are now living back home with you. In today’s economy, this situation happens quite often. According to the Pew Research Center approximately 15% of Millennials (adults aged between 25 and 30 years old) are still living in their parents’ home. The difficulty is that while away at college, your kids have become accustomed to living on their own and you’ve become accustomed to having that extra space and privacy. Here’s a great solution – convert an outdoor shed into a comfortable living space for your grown child. It’s a great compromise as it provides you and your children separate living spaces without costing you a fortune. There are companies that offer financing and Rent-To-Own options for their sheds. The payments are very affordable so your child can even pay the reasonable rental fees so you won’t have to, plus, in 2 to 3 years when the payments are done, the shed still belongs to you. The following video shows a converted Boomerang shed complete with kitchen/living area and upper loft bedroom and bathroom.

 

It’s a Home Gym And a Dining Room All In One – Great Converted Shed

Make your shed an addition to your home. A tiny home doesn’t have to be a downsize; consider it as an economical option for a much-needed addition to your home. Instead of embarking on a huge renovation project to add an extra room to your home, you could instead purchase a garden shed and convert it into an extra room. It could become that home gym that you’ve always wanted or extra dining space or both. That’s exactly what this shed conversion from Housekaboodle became: a gym-dining room combination.

 

Shed To Man Cave Conversion

Sometimes you just need to get out of the house and have a place to escape for yourself. Your man cave doesn’t have to take up one of the rooms in your home. Bring your cave into the garden by converting your existing shed or purchase one to convert. The following video shows the steps of converting a 12′ x 24′ shed into a basic yet comfortable retreat any guy would be happy to own.

 

Start Your Shed To House Conversion With the Best – Classic BuildingsMissouri Home Shows

If you’ve been inspired to attempt your own shed to house conversion start with the best shed.  Contact Classic Buildings now! Our wooden sheds are built with the highest quality materials by only the most skilled craftsmen. We offer a wide variety of features and options so your wooden shed will be custom-built to suit all of your needs. 

If spending the extra money to get a high-quality shed with the best type of siding is a concern for you then you will be pleased to find out that Classic Buildings provides financing and most people even qualify with no money down. Contact Classic Buildings today or visit the location nearest you to find out how easy it is to Rent-To-Own your own building.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide!

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

“It was a pleasure working with confident and qualified people. The workmanship and materials are second to none…I would recommend Classic Buildings to anyone who requires a building for storage, recreation or whatever your needs are.”
– Mike Dinello
 Read more testimonials here!

Did you know we offer a Rent-To-Own program?

 

 

Outdoor Sheds – Building vs Buying

outdoor shed

Outdoor Sheds, should you build your own or buy it already made? Buying it already made will save you a ton of time and hassle and will give you the peace of mind of a warranty. However, building your own could save you money. Read on as we take a closer look at the pros and cons related to both options.  If you decide that you would prefer to purchase a high-quality and affordable shed that is custom made for you, contact Classic Buildings today for your free quote.

outdoor sheds

Cost

Cost is always a main factor in your decision to make a sizeable purchase like an outdoor shed. However, the cheapest option may not always be your best option.

Buying – Usually Costs More

Usually, the overall cost of buying a shed is higher than building your own. This is because you are paying for:

  • Someone else to do the work for you: You will need to figure out how valuable your free time is to you and decide whether the difference in price is worth it or not.
  • The expertise of the people who are building your shed: If you lack that expertise, then buying is probably the better choice for you.
  • Less hassle: Having the shed delivered and set up totally finished will save you the hassle and upheaval of having a construction site in your backyard for however long it takes you to complete the project.

Tip: Rent-to-Own – If the cost of having a new shed is concerning you, then check out companies that offer a rent-to-own program or offer financing with no down payments. Learn more about these great options here.

outdoor sheds

Outdoor Shed by Classic Building

Building – Usually Cost Less

The biggest advantage of building your own shed is the cost savings. After all, you are doing the work for yourself so that will save you money. Make sure, however, that you figure out the full cost of building when you compare the difference in price. For example, if you don’t already have the tools you will need, then you have to factor in the cost of purchasing them.

Tip: Rent Your Tools – You may choose to rent tools instead if you don’t think that you will be using them again to keep the extra costs down.

Time

Time is a valuable commodity in your busy schedule. Make sure you consider how much you have before making a decision to buy or build. Another factor to consider is the time of year that you need your shed. If the weather is bad, you will find it difficult to build your own shed, however, you can buy a shed any time no matter what the weather.

Buying – Very Little Time Involved

One of the biggest advantages of buying your shed already made is the time you will save. If you are like most people today, your free time is very limited and valuable. You may not want to give up your precious family time to devote to building a shed. After working all week long, you probably enjoy the relaxing time of the weekend and really wouldn’t want to face doing a task that requires so much energy!

Building – Time Intensive

Probably the biggest disadvantage of building your own shed is the time and effort that it will take you to do it. After a long and busy work week, you may not want to give up your free time on the weekend to devote to constructing your shed. If however, building is a hobby of yours, you may decide that it is worth the time needed as it would be enjoyable. Maybe it could be a project that you and your older children or some friends would like to do together.

The following video gives you a great idea of what all is involved in building your own wooden shed – and it only takes 3 minutes to watch!

Knowledge Needed

Not everyone has the knowledge needed to build their own shed. Knowing where to get that knowledge and if you will be able to apply it, is another factor in making your decision.

Buying – Very Little Knowledge Needed

If you choose a pre-built structure from a large retailer, then you may need some knowledge in order to make a wise decision about the best shed for your needs. The salesperson may or may not be helpful with this. If you choose to purchase a shed from a company that custom builds sheds, then you can probably deal with someone who can answer all of your questions and help you through the decision process. They can probably also advise you on important information such as the best place to put your shed and proper site preparation. Some will even do this free of charge.

Silvertech & light from Vented Skylight

Inside a Classic Building Shed

Building – Extensive Knowledge and Experience Required

If you are very handy and are familiar with building and construction, then you probably already have all of the knowledge that you need to build your own shed. With the wealth of information available on the Internet, you should be able to fill in any gaps that you need. If you have little experience with building, then taking on this type of project may be a bit too much. Watching a video online is quite different from actually doing the job. You need to consider the following before you take on such a task:

  • Do you know how to read blueprints?
  • Are you familiar with cutting a building’s wood frames used to make structures?
  • Do you have all the tools required for the project and do you know how to use them?
  • Do you know how to properly prepare the site where your shed will be?
  • Do you have a safe place where you can store your building supplies and tools out of reach of your children while you are completing the project?
blocking your shed

Building your shed requires careful thought and know-how

Peace of Mind

How long it will last and how often you are going to have to make repairs may not be something that you are considering when your shed is brand new, however, it could make a difference to whether you choose to buy or build.

Buying – You Can Get a Warranty

Buying your shed from a reputable company will provide you with a warranty that you won’t get if you build your own. A well-made shed could be guaranteed for 25 years or more. You need to ask yourself, “Will I be able to build my shed so that it lasts that long?” If you have problems with a leaky roof or a faulty door due to the way that it was put together, then you will have to make those repairs out of your own pocket. However, if they were under warranty, you wouldn’t have to worry.

Building – You Know How It Was Made

If you are a great handyman and are confident in your own building skills, then building your own shed may give you more peace of mind and assurance of quality than if someone else has made it for you. After all, you will know exactly what materials were used and how they were put together. This may be enough for you to offset the lack of warranty that would come with a shed that has been professionally made for you.

Workbench package

Shed with Workbench option from Classic Buildings

Customization

If you want an outdoor shed that is unique or matches your home perfectly, you should find out if the shed that you are considering is able to be customized to your particular taste.

Buying – Pre-fabs: Very Little; Custom-Made: Highly Customizable

If you choose to purchase your shed from a large retailer, then your choices will be limited and there is very little if any option to customize your building. If however, you purchase from a company that specializes in custom built sheds, you are free to choose the exact size, style, color, features, options, etc. Some will also allow you to tell them exactly what you want and they will do their best to make it happen.

Building – Highly Customizable

Building your own shed allows you the great freedom to choose the exact size, style, color, features, options, etc that you want. You are totally in control and you can make your shed as unique as you like. For example, you can choose the way that your shed floor is built. This next video is very interesting as it shows you five different ways that people use to build a shed floor.

Classic Buildings: High-Quality Outdoor Sheds Built for You and Affordable to Buy

Missouri Home Shows

If you are looking to purchase a high-quality portable cabin that is guaranteed to last, contact Classic Buildings or visit the location nearest to you. Our sheds are built using the same process for building a home. Choose from either a metal or shingle roof; they’re the same price!

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements to depend on the size of your shed.

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide! We will deliver your shed right to you and we offer free delivery of up to 30 miles from any one of our showrooms.

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

“Your company produces such a quality storage building! You can tell that quality went into it because the quality just shines through it. Even the delivery was a class act. All of you do a great job.” – Rick Franklin
 Read more testimonials here!

Sources:

Is it better to buy a storage shed or build one?

Buying vs Building a Shed

Outdoor Sheds – 11 Principles to Follow When Buying

outdoor shed

Looking at the wide variety of outdoor sheds available but not sure how to choose one? Here are 11 principles that you can follow to guide you through the selection process. If you want a high quality, Amish-crafted shed that you can afford, contact Classic Buildings today.

1. Find the Right Balance between Price and Quality

Finding the right balance between price and quality is key to purchasing an outdoor shed. The cheapest price doesn’t always mean the best value for your money. A better quality outdoor shed that comes with a warranty will be a much wiser investment than a cheaper version that isn’t going to last and will need to be replaced in a few years. Do some research and find out all of the alternatives and what each offers. Check for any additional costs such as necessary items which may not be included in the advertised price such as shingles, paint, or flooring. Sometimes what seems to be a great deal, isn’t once you take into consideration extra expenses involved.

outdoor sheds

2. Find Out About Any Financing Options

Some companies will offer financing or even rent-to-own options which may help you purchase a better quality shed than you originally thought you could. Often the rent-to-own option is comparable to a monthly public storage facility fee. The big advantage of this option over the public storage option is that you will have a beautiful building that you actually own on your own property in a few short years.

3. Decide Whether You Want to Do-It-Yourself or Have All the Work Done For You

When purchasing a new outdoor shed you can choose between purchasing a storage building kit that you put together yourself or having your new shed delivered and installed by professionals. When deciding between these two options, consider the time and expertise it will take to assemble the shed yourself and whether or not it is worth the money you may save. You will also want to find out if you get a better warranty on a shed that a professional has put up as opposed to what you do yourself.

match your home

4. Consider the Siding and Decide How Much Maintenance You Are Prepared to Do

You will have several different choices of siding for your shed, each having different maintenance requirements.

  • Metal: Metal sheds have a tendency to rust over time and are not very attractive looking. If you do choose metal then a rust-free aluminum is probably the way to go.
  • Vinyl/Plastic: Vinyl is almost maintenance free but it doesn’t usually look as attractive as wood. It does get dirty, usually due to mold, as time goes on which makes it less attractive so it does need to be cleaned from time to time.
  • Wood: Wood is generally considered to be the most visually appealing siding, but it does need to be treated properly in order to protect it from rotting due to exposure to moisture. Some companies offer a treated engineered wood siding that offers the beauty of traditional wood with the durability of a composite wood.

For a more detailed comparison of the different types of shed sidings, check out this post “Resin Sheds vs Vinyl Sheds vs Wooden Sheds vs Metal Sheds.

5. Figure Out the Size of Shed That You Need

You will want to make sure that the shed that you purchase is large enough to accommodate everything that you are planning to store inside. You don’t want to purchase one and find out that it is actually too small. You should even consider the size of the door of your shed and whether it is wide enough to allow your larger items to pass through. Many styles of outdoor sheds offer double doors which are usually large enough to fit anything you require. Click here to read an article that will help you decide on the appropriate shed size for your storage needs.

size of building

6. Choose an Outdoor Shed That Complements Your Home’s Design

An outdoor shed will not only give you the extra storage you need, but it can also enhance or take away from the overall appearance of your property. A visually appealing shed design that actually complements the look of your home will add aesthetic value to your home whereas a cheaper looking one that clashes with the style of your home can be an eyesore.

7. Select a Shed That Will Seamlessly Blend Into Your Landscape

Not only should your new shed complement your home’s design, but it should also blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. Your shed can become a beautiful addition to your backyard if you select its positioning well and enhance its appearance by planting suitable perennials, shrubs or flower beds around it. Flower boxes in the window of your shed can also be an attractive addition.

fit into your landscape

8. Investigate the Building Codes and Restrictions In Your Area to Make Sure Your Building Will Comply

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Take time to investigate the building codes and restrictions in your area before making a purchase. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

9. Ask About Delivery Options and Additional Costs Involved

Find out about the delivery options and if delivery is included in the price. Also, ask about their delivery process. Do they have the proper equipment required to deliver your shed without any damage done to your property and find out if you have any recourse if your property is damaged in any way during the delivery?

The following video shows the proper equipment and safe delivery process of a professionally built outdoor building.

10. Find Out If Your Building Can Be Customized or Accessorized

You may want to add your own personal touch to your outdoor building. Some outdoor sheds, especially wooden ones are easier to customize than others. For example, the inside walls of plastic sheds are not sturdy enough to support hooks or shelves to hold heavy items whereas a wooden shed wall can support a lot of weight. Ask questions like, can the shed be insulated or have wiring installed later or does it come with an access ramp.

11. Make Sure You Know How to Properly Prepare the Site Before Your Outdoor Shed Is Installed

The site where you are going to locate your new shed needs to be properly prepared and level before your shed can be installed. If you are having your shed built by professionals make sure that site preparation and levelling of the building is part of their service.

preparing the site

 

Quality, Custom Crafted Outdoor Sheds You Can Afford

Missouri Home Shows

Purchasing a high quality, custom crafted outdoor shed doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t need to wait until you have enough money saved to buy one. Contact Classic Buildings today and find out how easy it is to rent to own your own beautiful wood shed or visit the location nearest to you. We provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down.

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide!

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

“Your company produces such a quality storage building! You can tell that quality went into it because the quality just shines through it. Even the delivery was a class act. All of you do a great job.” – Rick Franklin
 Read more testimonials here!

Sources:

10 Considerations When Buying Outdoor Storage Sheds

Storage Shed Buying Guide

Wood Sheds – Where To Buy

Wood sheds are long-lasting, durable and they can look amazing, not to mention they can be a great solution to your storage needs, but where should you buy your wood shed? There are several different options, so which one is the best? Should you purchase new or used? Should you purchase a kit to put together yourself or should you have it completely built for you and delivered right to your backyard. Should you just purchase a set of plans and start from scratch? If you are looking to purchase a custom built, quality new wood shed, contact Classic Buildings today. Find out how easy it is to “Rent-To-Own” your own wood shed.

wood sheds

*click here for full warranty details

Wood Sheds – Where to Buy

If you would like a wood shed, you have several options including buying a new shed that has been custom built for you, buying a shed kit that you can build yourself, purchasing plans and building it for yourself, or buying a used shed. The above chart gives you an overview of places where you can purchase a wood shed and what you receive with your purchase to help you make your decision. Read on for further explanations of each purchasing method.

Need storage space today? 

Classic Buildings – Custom Built Wood Sheds

The great thing about Classic Buildings wood sheds is that there is no work involved for you. They will custom build a shed exactly to your specifications with the highest quality products and workmanship. Then they will expertly deliver your shed right to your backyard with absolutely no damage to your lawn. They also have an unbeatable warranty and satisfaction guarantee – if for any reason you are not completely satisfied with the purchase of your storage building or the service that they provide, they will give you a full refund, so you can purchase your shed with confidence.

Another great thing that sets Classic Buildings apart is their rent-to-own option and the fact that they provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down. Purchasing a new shed is a sizable investment so they make it as easy as possible for you to be able to do it.

Dutch Country – Online Wood Sheds

If you like to purchase online, then Dutch Country is a great option. They offer high quality, Amish crafted wood sheds at great prices. They offer free delivery within 30 miles of one of their showrooms and will set up your shed for you right in your backyard. They also provide a rent-to-own option to make it easy to purchase your shed.

Home Depot & Costco – Wood Shed Kits

Both Home Depot and Costco offer a variety of wood shed kits that are delivered curbside and ready to be assembled. Both require you to purchase your own paint and shingles which will allow you to match your shed to your home’s decor. Be sure to calculate the price of these materials into your total cost when you are comparing them with other options.

eBay – Used Wood Sheds

The biggest advantage to purchasing a used shed is the price. But before you consider buying a used shed over a new one, you should ask yourself the following questions.

Is it in good condition? However, you need to be careful and determine why the owner was selling the shed in the first place so that you don’t waste your money. If at all possible examine the shed or if you are not sure about what to look for, bring a friend with you who does. Make sure you look for signs of rotting wood or insect infestations. Take a close look at the condition of the roof. You may save money upfront, but if you have to re-invest your savings into repairs then it may not be worthwhile.

Can you move it in one piece? The biggest disadvantage to buying used is how to get your shed to your home. Most people don’t own a vehicle that is capable of moving such a large object and renting one could be rather costly and also end up cutting into your initial savings.

Can you take it apart? If you don’t have a vehicle that can move it in one piece, is it able to be taken apart to put back together when you get to your home? It’s not easy to take a wood shed apart and you may not want to invest in all of the man-hours required for such a big task.

WalMart – Wood Shed DIY Instructions

WalMart sells mostly plastic and resin sheds. The closest to a wooden shed that you can purchase from WalMart is a very basic do-it-yourself shed kit that comes with easy assembly instructions, a list of materials that you will need cut, and 39 brackets required to complete the building. You may save money choosing this option, but you should be sure that you have all of the tools required as well as the time and know-how to embark on this type of DIY project.

 

Quality, Custom Crafted Wood Sheds You Can Afford

Missouri Home Shows

Purchasing a high quality, custom crafted wood shed doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t need to wait until you have enough money saved to buy one. Contact Classic Buildings today and find out how easy it is to rent to own your own beautiful wood shed or visit the location nearest to you. We provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide!

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

“Your company produces such a quality storage building! You can tell that quality went into it because the quality just shines through it. Even the delivery was a class act. All of you do a great job.” – Rick Franklin
 Read more testimonials here!

Image Sources:

Home Depot – Backyard Discovery
Home Depot – Princeton Shed
Costco – Wilmington Shed
Costco – Crestwood Shed
Ebay – Used Leonard shed
Ebay – Used wood shed
WalMart – Barn Style Shed Kit
WalMart  Hopkins Peak Roof Wood Shed Kit

Pin It on Pinterest