1. Know Whether it Will Match the Rest of Your Home

A shed that matches your home will add “curb appeal”


The right shed with the perfect finishes will look beautiful and can complement and add to the overall curb appeal of your home. However, if your shed doesn’t match with the rest of your property, it can detract from its appearance. That is why it is important to get a shed that is going to look great in your backyard!

Ask for a digital representation of what you are buying superimposed on a picture of your backyard: Gone are the days when you have to order a shed and hope that it will look okay when it is installed. Computer programs will now allow you to take a picture of your backyard and have a digital representation of the shed you are wanting to buy superimposed on the actual site location so you can have an excellent idea about how your new shed is actually going to look.

Ensure they are able to match the colors of your shed to match your home: It is a good idea to make sure that the shed you purchase can be customized to match the colors of your home. This is especially important if you are planning to locate it next to or very near to your house.

Ask for a sample of the trim to make sure it will match with the design of your home, deck and fence: Getting samples of the actual trim is a great way to make sure that the color you have chosen is indeed a match for the colors of your house. There is no guessing about colors when you can take the sample and place it right onto your house to see if it will match.

Make sure they do an onsite visit so they know exactly what you want: An on-site visit and evaluation is the best way for your installers to advise you on the best location in your yard for your new portable building. During the visit, they can accurately measure the grade of your site with a special laser transit that will ensure that your shed is set in a spot that doesn’t cause any problems, such as having the door too high off the ground.

At Classic Buildings, we custom-build storage solutions that are designed to match the look of your home perfectly. From custom trim, to paint, to siding and doors, we offer a variety of customizations that will improve your curb appeal and increase the value of your property. For a free quote on your custom building, contact our team today!


2. Know That Not All Sheds Are Built the Same


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You may pay a little more for a shed made with higher quality materials, but you will find that your shed will last longer


When if comes to portable sheds, there is a wide range of qualities to choose from; not all shed are built the same! If you want your new shed to stand the test of time and not have to be replaced or repaired in a few short years, choose one that has been well made and made with the best materials.

Look for a strong foundation: Your shed’s foundation and floor probably takes the most beating, and therefore needs to be durable and strong. A wooden foundation that simply sits on the outside ground is going to deteriorate from exposure to moisture over time. It is a good idea to have your shed placed on a foundation that raises it off the ground, such as piers, or on a concrete pad that will protect it from possible moisture damage.

Correct siding installation: Over the years, your siding will also take a beating as it is exposed to the elements. If you choose a high-quality siding such as LP Smart Side offered by Classic Buildings, your siding will be warrantied for 50 years. Plus, the paint used on it has a 25-year warranty against chipping or peeling. This means you’ll have very little maintenance and worry.

Consider the materials used: You may pay a little more for a shed made with higher quality materials, but you will find that your shed will last longer, so your total cost of ownership will often be less than if you choose a shed made from lower quality materials. Classic uses only the finest, top quality materials and as a result, our sheds are built to last.

Pay attention to the little things – door hinges, nails, caulking, and ventilation: Even the smaller details are important to consider. Quality door hinges will last and won’t need to be replaced. Proper caulking will ensure that your shed stays dry and protected from outside moisture. Even ventilation is important to consider. Classic Buildings offers you the best ventilation options in the industry. We give you vented ridge and vented eaves options that will ensure that you have no condensation problems; that’s our guarantee!

3. Know and Consider Your Payment Options


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Classic Buildings offers you several different payment options


Unlike some other portable building dealers, Classic Buildings give you multiple payment options to choose from.

Pay upfront (cash, credit, debit, check): If you would like to pay up front for your new shed, you can do so with either cash, credit, debit, or by check.

Financing options: Classic also has some fantastic financing options. You can choose from low interest rates from 37 to 132 months to “no” interest options if paid in full within 18 months.

Rent-to-own options: You can also rent to own your beautiful new Classic shed. Our low, rent-to-own payments are comparable to paying a monthly rental fee at a public storage unit. However, the big difference is that in a few short years, the payments end and the building is yours!

Purchasing a shed that is discounted or on clearance: For even greater savings, you can purchase a quality made shed that has been discounted or on clearance. You’ll enjoy the same great features and quality of a Classic Buildings shed but at an even better price.

4. Know the Difference Between DIY vs Pre-Built Sheds


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Building a quality shed requires time, effort and skill


Many people wonder if it is better to build your own shed or buy one that has been built for you. DIY sheds may be becoming more popular, but there are both pros and cons to doing-it-yourself. Here are some things to consider to help you make your choice. 


Pros of DIY:

  • Building what you want: If you are building your own shed, you can do it exactly how you want it. Your imagination, budget, and skill set are the only limiting factors.
  • The pride of having done it yourself: You will be able to enjoy that great feeling of satisfaction and pride that you built your shed yourself.


Cons of DIY:

  • Costly in terms of time + energy: Building a shed takes a lot of time and energy, especially if you are a beginner. Your time is money, so you need to take into consideration this fact and enter it into your calculations of what your shed is really going to cost you.
  • Lack of proper tools: If you aren’t an avid handyman, then you may not have all of the proper tools that are required to build your own shed. You need to factor in the extra cost of buying or renting good tools to get the job finished.
  • Lack of knowledge + expertise: Building a shed that is going to stand up to the wear and tear that it will receive as well as the beating that the elements will give it requires special skills and expertise that you may not have. If you want your shed to last, make sure that you have the proper skill required to do it.


When you choose to go with a pre-built shed made by a professional, experienced company instead of doing it yourself, you can rest assured knowing that your shed has been made with the highest quality materials by skilled craftsmen. Doing it yourself may seem financially appealing, but it can actually cost you more in the long run if you don’t know what you’re doing! Plus, a shed built by professionals will always look beautiful and properly match your landscape – a DIY shed may end up looking like an eyesore!

5. Know that You are Buying from a Reputable Company


Classic will safely deliver your shed for free within 50 miles of one of our showrooms


Not all shed companies are the same. Some have a much better reputation than others. To find the best company to deal with, here are some things that you can do.

Read customer reviews and testimonials: Past customers can give you a really good idea about any company’s reputation. Check out online reviews and testimonials to find out what others are saying about a company, and how the customers were treated. It is also helpful to ask friends and family members for their recommendations.

Ensure they have warranty options available: A warranty is a very good indicator as to the quality of the product and the company. A company that builds a high-quality product will confidently stand behind that product with an excellent warranty

Ensure they offer strong customer service: Customer service is important from your first contact until your shed is delivered. A reputable company such as Classic Buildings will offer you superior customer service that includes extra perks that other companies don’t offer like a free on-site evaluation and free delivery within 50 miles of any our showrooms. That’s the Classic difference!

Ensure they can achieve your vision: Take a look at the products that the company offers to see if they match with what your vision is. Browse through their gallery of work to see what they have to offer and then talk to them yourself to find out if they are able to customize a shed just for you.

Ensure they fit in your price range: You want to choose a shed that you can afford and that will fit into your price range. If you need you to go a little higher than your price range to get a better quality product, you can consider Classic Buildings’ great financing and rent-to-own options.


Buy a Shed from Classic Buildings and You Will Have the Best Build Shed Available

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If you want a storage shed that is going to last a lifetime, then get a Classic Buildings shed. Classic Buildings has a wide selection of better-built sheds for you. Purchasing a high quality, custom crafted 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!


“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


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