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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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