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How To Choose The Right Storage Shed [Worksheet]

Are you hoping to buy a storage building sometime soon? From style and size to siding and roofing, there’s a lot to consider when shed shopping—but our worksheet can help! The chances are good that you don't need to buy a backyard shed or garage today or tomorrow. So, take some time to think through your options—starting at the top level. You may not care about the what KIND of shed you need to buy—yet. However, what you might be wrestling with right now may be questions like: How much do storage buildings cost? I don't want one that's so cheap that it doesn't last long, but I also don't want to pay an arm and a leg for something impractical or over the top. How big should my shed be? I wish I had a shed size calculator to determine what size shed I need. I only want space for my riding lawn mower (or maybe your motor boat). There are many places to buy a shed. Which ones are reputable? Who can I trust for a high-quality shed at a reasonable price? (Hint: If you're in South Dakota or Minnesota, you have us!)

Topics: Buying a Shed Buying a Garage Downloadable Worksheet

Should I Buy A New Shed Or A Used Shed?

The first rule of buying a used storage shed is the same as for buying a used car—be cautious! If the price seems unreal (hundreds of dollars less than the cost of a new shed), the chances are good that quality is lacking. Before signing on the dotted line and paying that unbelievably low price, here are a few things to consider. To start, ask the seller why the shed is being sold. It may be they are moving and want to make the garden look as spacious as possible for potential buyers. It may be that the seller is remodeling their garden and are installing a newer shed. It may be that the shed has started to rot and leak, so instead of paying someone to take it away, selling it seems like a better (and more profitable!) option. Take the seller's reason with a grain of salt—he or she may not be disclosing the whole truth.

Topics: Buying a Shed

Outdoor Storage Solutions For Firewood

Do you have an indoor fireplace, wood stove, or outdoor fire pit? If so, how do you store your firewood? If you don't already have a dry and termite-free place to store your firewood, this post is a great place to start as you look for the best storage solution. Gathering enough wood to keep the wood burning furnace roaring or the backyard bonfire at its peak is a process that takes either money to purchase pre-chopped wood, or the resource, time, and energy it takes to chop the wood yourself. In both cases, it's important to store your firewood properly so that your money or hard work doesn't get lost in one snow storm or substantial rainfall.

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How Buying Factory Direct Can Save You Money

When taking the factory-direct route, the buying process is more streamlined, cost-effective, and satisfying. Buying factory direct and buying from a retail store are very different experiences. While both have their place, there are many benefits to buying factory direct that should be considered, particularly when purchasing large-ticket items like garages and sheds. Here are 4 ways that buying factory direct from a manufacturer will benefit you and save you money.

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