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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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?
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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.

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Shed with Workbench option from Classic Buildings


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

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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!


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