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Storage Unit Rental, DIY Shed Kit, Or Pre-Built Shed: Which Is Best?

by Dakota Storage Buildings, on May 16, 2017

Storage Unit Rental, DIY Shed Kit, Or Pre-Built Shed—Which Is Best For You?

Here are bullet point lists of pros and cons. Start here before you decide on a storage option.

Here are some pros and cons to renting a storage unit, building a DIY shed kit, and buying a pre-built shed—they're laid out in simple, easy-to-read lists. After considering these points, you should have a better idea of which best suits your situation.

Storage Unit Rental

Pros

Most rental units—

  • Are clean, dry, and secure
  • Are open 7 days a week
  • Are easy to access with large trucks and trailers
  • Have climate controlled units available
  • Have an online payment option
  • Have self-storage insurance available
  • Offer the first month for free

Cons

Most rental units—

  • Are away from your home which means you have to drive to it every time you need something that's stored inside of it which is less convenience a greater chance that what's stored inside will be used less frequently
  • Have defined hours which means they may not be open on holidays
  • Charge monthly fees—and if you get behind on your payments, you're items may be removed
  • Are not rent-to-own—which means after years of monthly payments you still do not have any equity or ownership of the storage location.

Do-It-Yourself Shed Kit

Pros

Most DIY shed kits—

  • Are inexpensive to buy and are cheaper than most pre-built options
  • Save you the labor costs associated with pre-built sheds
  • Can be constructed on your property wherever you want—you're not limited by space the delivery vehicle needs to offload the shed
  • Are convenient—they're on your property which means you don't need to travel to a storage unit in order to access the items stored inside

Cons

Most DIY shed kits—

  • May require special tools or advanced skills
  • Offer limited customization options (e.g. number of windows, door options, siding type, etc.)
  • Can be time consuming—it takes time and energy to build a shed on your own
  • Use lower quality materials in order to keep the price of the kit low

Pre-built Shed

Pros

Most pre-built sheds—

  • Are convenient—you only need to walk a few steps out your back door in order to get to your shed and you can do it as often as you'd like (no hauling vehicle required)
  • Are made with high-quality materials—you don't have to worry about getting a low-grade product
  • Are a good investment—they can add value to your property while solving your storage problems
  • Are highly customizable—if you want a specific siding type, more windows, an overhead garage door, or anything else, it's possible

Cons

Most pre-built sheds—

  • Are more costly than DIY shed kits—you get what you pay for!
  • Must be delivered to your property—you'll need enough space in your yard for them to be offloaded

If you live in South Dakota or Minnesota and are interested in high-quality pre-built sheds, we have a range of choices. And don't let a credit check scare you—we have payment options for those who have less than stellar credit. Plus, if you think that your yard is too narrow for a pre-built shed to fit through, we can build any of our sheds on-site! 

 

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