A utility shed is a great choice for any extra storage and space challenges you might have. 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 purchasing the best utility shed for the best value, we’ve put together a utility shed ultimate guide to purchasing your perfect shed. For the highest quality storage sheds at a price you can afford, contact Classic Buildings today.


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Utility Shed Ultimate Guide



Utility Sheds Ultimate Guide – Index

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1. What Are the Reasons to Buy a Utility Shed Instead of Renting Self-Storage?
2. How Much Storage Sheds Usually Cost by Common Dimensions and by Wood, Plastic, Metal?
3. Most Common Uses for Utility Sheds
4. Comparison of Pre-Built Wood, vs Metal vs Plastic vs Custom Built Wood
5. Keys to Improving the Longevity of Your Shed
6. Tips for How to Find the Best Shed Supplier in Your City
7. Unique Shed Style/Look Ideas



utility shedPurchase a utility shed and have everything conveniently close by



1. What Are the Reasons to Buy a Utility Shed Instead of Renting Self-Storage?

There are many good reasons why it is better to buy your very own utility shed rather than simply renting self-storage space. Here are some of the top reasons:

  • Convenience of having all your stuff close-by: If you purchase your own utility shed, you will no longer have to travel to a storage unit; your possessions will be located right in your own backyard whenever you need them.
  • Added value to your property: If you purchase a high-quality building, it can actually add value to your property.
  • If you move, you can take your building with you: A utility shed is a portable building that you can transport to any location if you choose.
  • Customized for your particular needs: You can purchase a utility shed and have it customized or constructed to your exact specifications including color, shape, size, layout, and optional features. You can also design it to match your home.
  • Pride of ownership: Your utility shed will actually be yours and you can do anything you like with it.
  • Use it for more than storage: Unlike a rental storage unit, if you own your own utility shed and you decide to use it for something other than storage, you can. Utility sheds can be converted into studios, garden sheds, workshops, or even guest accommodations. Have your shed insulated and add wiring for additional comfort and convenience.
  • Rent to own: If you don’t have enough money to purchase your utility shed outright, then take advantage of Classic Buildings’ Rent-To-Own program. This program will give you all the benefits of buying your own building in a way that will suit your budget. See section 4 of this post for more information on Classic’s rent to own program.



outdoor shedsUtility sheds can be used for your overnight guests too!


2. How Much Storage Sheds Usually Cost by Common Dimensions and by Wood, Plastic, Metal

There are countless numbers of storage sheds you can purchase. Depending on the style, type, options, or size you choose the price can vary significantly. The following chart will give you an average price range for the most common sizes of plastic, metal, and wood sheds.


price comparisonIf you require a larger sized shed than the above listed sizes, you will find that you probably can only get one that is custom built in wood. No shed is too large for Classic Buildings. Contact us and let us know what dimensions you need and we will give you a free quote.


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Buy Quality For a Lower Total Cost of Ownership

A higher quality wood shed is going to cost more than a similar sized metal or plastic one. However, the additional investment may well be worth it as a wood shed is more likely to add value to your home and it will undoubtedly look better and last longer. If you are concerned about the additional initial expense, why not consider a Rent-To-Own option which will allow you to spend a bit more upfront, yet get a much better shed that will be a wiser investment and have a lower total cost of ownership?



utility shedBuy quality to save money over time


Benefits of Rent-To-Own

Besides allowing you to purchase a better quality shed than you thought you could, Classic Buildings’ Rent to Own program is also amazing because:

  • You can qualify for $0 money down financing.
  • You will not be made to do a credit check
  • You will be given instant approval
  • You will not be tied to any long-term contract and you can cancel at any time.
  • You can pay off your building at any time with no penalties.
  • You will have a fixed monthly payment as low as $85 per month.
  • You will actually own your building after just 3 or 4 years.


3. Most Common Uses for Utility Sheds

The uses for your utility shed are only limited by your imagination. Here are some of the top ideas about what you can use your utility shed for.

Seasonal Decorations

If you love the holidays and enjoy getting into the spirit of each season then you’ll find that your utility shed is a great place to keep all of your seasonal outdoor and indoor decorations ready for display when the time comes and then for storage until next year. Quickly find everything you need to make your home look festive for Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, and the Fourth of July.



outdoor Christmas decor Image Source: Wayfair.com

Store all your seasonal decorations in your utility shed


Hobby Supplies

No matter what your hobby, you can store all the supplies that you need in your utility shed. Whether you enjoy winemaking, paintballing, electronic models, scrapbooking, or crafting, your shed will make the perfect place to keep all you need safe and organized. You can even set up a section of your shed to practice your hobby in peace.



paint ballKeep your paintball equipment safe in your utility shed



Recreational Equipment

If your family loves to play sports, you may find that your home is overflowing with all the equipment! A utility shed can provide you with the added space to safely store all of your equipment when you are not using it. You can even organize your shed into separate areas for each type of sport that you play or you can set it up according to the season that you play, with winter sports on one side and summer on the other.



sports equipmentYou’ll have enough space to keep all of your sporting equipment in your new shed



Landscaping Tools

If you like to keep your yard looking its best then you need the right tools and a place to store those tools when you are not using them. A utility shed is a great place to store all of your gardening and landscaping tools as well as your lawn mower and trimmer. You can also have a workbench installed where you can start seedlings for your garden or use to pot plants to bring inside.



gardening toolsA shed is a must for the avid gardener



Exercise Equipment

Maybe you don’t have space in your home to set up equipment but you don’t want to have to travel to a gym every time you want to exercise. That’s where a utility shed could come in handy. You can keep your exercise bicycle or treadmill inside where you can have your workout in private any time you want to. It would also be a great place to store your weights and set up a bench press.



gym equipmentNo need to travel to a gym; exercise at home



If you are a homeowner then you know how often you need to use tools to do some quick repairs or fixes around your home. Your utility shed can be a great place to store all of the tools that you need. To keep your tools even more organized, install additional shelving, tool racks, and workbenches. You might be surprised at how much more inclined you’ll be to do those much-needed repairs if you can easily find the tools that you need in the first place.



tool organizerClassic Buildings can install a handy tool organizer for you


4. Comparison of Pre-Built Wood, vs Metal vs Plastic vs Custom Built Wood

Maintenance: There are pros and cons to each type of shed. Plastic and metal sheds are both rot and insect resistant. Metal sheds, however, are susceptible to rust. If you purchase a high-quality wood shed that has been properly treated, its maintenance too can be much easier than a lower quality pre-built shed. Look for wood storage sheds that come with features such as pressure treated lumber with a 30-year warranty against decay or paint that has a 25-year warranty against chipping or peeling.



Garden Cottage

Pick a wood shed with an extended warranty against decay


Price: 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 buy initially, if they are quality made and well maintained, they could last much longer than their metal counterparts.

Added Value: Higher quality wood shed packages are going to cost more than similar sized metal or plastic ones, however, the additional investment may well be worth it as a wood shed is more likely to add value to your home and it will undoubtedly look better and last longer. If you are concerned about the additional initial expense, why not consider a Rent-To-Own option which will allow you to spend a bit more upfront, yet get a much better shed that will be a wiser investment and may actually have a lower total cost of ownership?

Customization: Choosing to purchase a custom built wood shed also will give you the opportunity to have a shed that will perfectly meet your needs and that can also match the look of your home. You can’t get that level of customization with a pre-built plastic, metal or wood shed.


Plastic vs Metal vs Wood Sheds

plastic vs wood vs metal sheds


5. Keys to Improving the Longevity of Your Shed

Purchasing a new shed is a relatively large investment so you want to make sure that your shed is going to last for years to come. Whether your shed is plastic, metal or wood, keeping it clean will go a long way to helping it last longer. Each spring it is a good idea to give it a good “spring cleaning” to get rid of any debris that has accumulated over the long winter months. Look for any obvious signs of mold or mildew and get rid of those both on the inside and outside of your utility shed. Here are some specific cleaning tips for keeping each type of shed in tip-top shape.


Plastic Sheds: Over time, plastic sheds can develop cracks. It is important to fill in those cracks as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming larger. To fix a crack, take a piece of the same type of plastic that your shed is made from (you can usually purchase this from a local hardware store) and weld it over the cracked surface. Welding is not for the beginning handyman so you may wish to hire a professional to do it for you. The following video will give you an idea about what is involved with welding plastic.


Welding cracks in plastic sheds will stop the crack from growing


Metal Sheds: The biggest enemy for your metal shed is rust. It is best to catch and fix a rust spot as soon as you discover it and repair it right away before it has time to spread. Clean the rust spot thoroughly by removing any rust and damaged paint until the spot is clear. Apply a clear sealant and rust neutralizer to the area. If necessary you may need to apply a second coat to properly seal the spot.

Wood Sheds: Cracks can also develop over time in your wood shed. In order to keep the cracks from getting bigger, you need to fill them with an epoxy and wood dust. The step by step process is outlined for you in the following video.


Fill the cracks in your wood shed before they get bigger


You can get some additional general cleaning techniques from this article about Maintaining a Wood Outdoor Storage Shed. Or for more help on clean mildew from wood read the article How to Clean Mildew on a Shed.


6. Tips for Finding the Best Shed Supplier in Your City

Ask Your Friends and Family for Recommendations

If you have a friend or family member who has purchased a utility shed recently, ask them how their experience was and if they are happy with their product. A personal reference will give you a great idea about where to buy your shed. If you don’t know anyone who has done this recently, you can go online to find customer testimonials.


Find personal testimonies for suppliers online


Purchase from a Local Supplier

Look for a locally owned and operated supplier that has been in business for a relatively long time. If they have been around for years then that probably means that they have quality products and treat their customers right.

Check Out The Supplier’s Reputation

If you are still not totally convinced, you can go online and check out sites such as the Better Business Bureau to find out what the supplier’s reputation has been.


7. Unique Shed Style/Look Ideas

Sheds come in many shapes and sizes and as evidenced by the following styles and designs they can be quite unique and stylish. Check out Classic Buildings’ full line of beautiful and quality made utility sheds.


Tiny Houses Rent To OwnSheds can be customized as a tiny home, guest house, or vacation residence


playhouseYour shed can even be customized for your children to play in



Large cabin

If you need more space, choose a larger structure



Ultra shed will add curb appeal

Your shed can add curb appeal



Quaker Shed with landscaping

Choose a color that will complement your landscaping


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

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Purchasing a high quality, custom crafted utility 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
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