Before moving on to any other step in the buying process, it is crucial to secure a building permit first if your township or city requires it.
Here's information on how to get a building permit in your area.
Select a building from our stock inventory, select a semi-customizable building from one of our Collections, or design a fully-customized building using our online configurator.
Stock buildings: We have pre-built sheds, garages, chicken coops, and dog kennels available for sale. You can see them in person at a display lot in South Dakota and Minnesota, or you can browse our entire inventory online. When you’re shopping online and see a building that you like, click on the image or select “Quick Shop” to view the details. If it’s the one you want, click the “Reserve” button. When you’re ready to purchase, you can begin the checkout process online or call our sales team at 888.832.6889.
Semi-customizable buildings: Our Shed Collection and Garage Collection offer a range of versatile and expertly designed sheds. Choose from our Specialty Sheds, Standard Sheds, or Utility Sheds then use our online 3D configurator to explore customizable options that include size, siding, roof style, and colors. You can save as many variations as you’d like and get a quote for each. When you’re ready, you can purchase by checking out online or call our sales team at 888.832.6889.
Custom buildings: Customize your storage building from top to bottom, inside to outside. Choose size, roofline, siding, and all the add-ons you want. Think about how you plan to use your storage building then consider the amount of space you will need inside, how many windows you want for natural light, the type of doors that will provide the easiest access, and more. Our user-friendly online 3D configurator will lead you through the selection process step-by-step, and at the end, you will be able to see what your building looks like inside and out. When you’re ready to purchase your fully customized shed, you can securely check out online or call our sales team at 888.832.6889.
Once you've decided to purchase a building, you'll sign the Sales & Installation Agreement. This is a standard agreement between you, the customer, and us, Dakota Storage Buildings. The agreement must be signed, and a deposit must be made before production can start or delivery is scheduled.
Because we value your business, we will take responsibility for any manufacturing-related deficiencies. Your satisfaction is our guarantee.
All buildings manufactured by Dakota Storage Buildings, LLC come with a top to bottom limited warranty certificate. Warranties are non-transferable and apply only to the original purchaser and location. Relocating products by any party automatically invalidates these warranties.
These warranties do not apply to any Dakota Storage Buildings, LLC product or part which has been damaged by adverse weather conditions, earthquake, hail, wind, fire, water, flood, earth movement, accidents, theft, vandalism, an act of God, or any instance customarily covered by homeowners insurance.
When used appropriately and maintained properly, Dakota Storage Buildings, LLC guarantees that products will remain structurally sound. Normal wear and tear, fading of exterior surfaces, and general aging, which is characteristic of any outdoor product that is exposed to natural elements, is not covered under the warranties.
As with any building which is located on top of the ground, settling may occur. Buildings need periodic cleaning, painting, and caulking, and vegetation should not be planted around the edges of the structure, which could lead to restricted ventilation.
Shop our online store for a list of in-stock, pre-built sheds for sale in South Dakota and Minnesota. When you see a shed that you like, click on the image or select “Quick Shop” to view the details. If it’s the one you want, click the “Reserve” button. When you’re ready to purchase, you can begin the checkout process online or by calling our sales team at 888.832.6889.
Click on the shed or garage series that most interests you then customize your choice through our online configurator, saving as many variations as you’d like and getting a quote for each. When you’re ready, you can purchase, check out online, or call our sales team at 888.832.6889.
Click on the kennel or coop series that most interests you. When you’re ready for a quote or to purchase, call our sales team at 888.832.6889.
To design a custom shed or garage, use our online configuration tool. Design your building from top to bottom, save as many variations as you’d like, and get a quote for each. When you’re ready to purchase your fully customized shed, you can check out securely online or call our sales team at 888.832.6889.
Explore our buildings in person at any of our South Dakota or Minnesota display locations. At each display lot, we have an information shed that’s stocked with catalogs and product brochures. It also has contact information and instructions for placing an order. If you’d prefer, you can reserve the shed you want to purchase through our online store and check out online or call our sales team at 888.832.6889.
For more details, visit our How to Buy a Dakota Storage Building.
A deposit is required for every building, and the balance is due on delivery. The total cost, required deposit, and remaining balance varies based on the building's specs.
You can pay a deposit by phone (888.832.6889), mail (Dakota Storage Buildings, 47809 155th Street, Milbank, SD 57252), or online if you use our configurator. Preferred payment methods include checks, money orders, and major credit cards.
After securing a building permit, lay a solid foundation by framing the perimeter, filling it with a base material, leveling it, and then compacting it until its firm.
Before you order your building, research what zoning codes apply to your area. Rural areas are usually more lax, but those living in a city, town, or subdivision may have restrictions on size, color, foundation type, and sometimes style.
Next, consider how much you’re willing to spend on the base. Many choose Class 5 gravel or concrete as their preferred base material. While a gravel foundation is usually sufficient, some feel that a concrete foundation — although more expensive — is better suited if small tractors, boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, or vehicles will be stored in the shed.
Finally, after securing the proper building permit and determining what type of base material is best, place your order and lay your foundation.
Follow these steps to create a level foundation.
We cannot stress enough how important it is for your site to be perfectly level. An unlevel foundation will cause the building’s frame to twist and make opening doors and windows difficult.
If you plan to hire someone to build your foundation, you may want to print these instructions and share it with them to ensure the site is properly prepared and leveled.
Construct a temporary frame. Level all sides of the frame before filling with base material.
Fill the frame with at least 3-4 inches of your preferred base material.
Slide a straight board back and forth over the top of the frame to level the base material.
Use a plate compactor to help compress the material, creating a stable subsurface.
Always check to see what zoning codes apply to your area. Rural areas are usually more lax, but especially for people who live in cities, towns, or subdivisions, there may be restrictions on size, color, and sometimes even style that have to be approved by a council or business official before ordering. In many places, any building bigger than a small garden shed will require a permit, so it's necessary to check with the local government or your subdivision board.
We understand that pulling permits and checking into zoning is something that you would normally never have to do unless you are a contractor or builder. We've pulled this information to help you with the process and make it less complicated.
After securing the proper building permit, the next step is to lay a level foundation. This can be done in a four-step process.
The most important thing about a foundation site for a shed or garage is that it's perfectly level. If the base is unlevel, the building frame can twist, and opening doors and windows can be difficult. We recommend compacting several inches of Class 5 (road gravel) or granite fines.
When your building is ready, we’ll contact you to schedule a delivery time. On delivery day, we'll use a Mule to move your building from the trailer to your desired location.
Building delivery and placement: The Mule shed mover provides a hassle-free delivery service, thanks to a few key features. The Mule has a tight turning radius, which is perfect for maneuvering sheds through challenging spaces. Because the machine is small, the Mule operator has clear visibility of where they are driving and placing the shed. It's simple controls allow the operator to lift and move one end of the shed then remove the dolly wheels once the shed is in place.
Once we arrive at your home, we’ll walk the property with you to see exactly where you want your storage building to be placed. Then we unload the building from the trailer and use the Mule to transport the building through your yard. Once the desired location has been reached, we double-check to make sure that we're placing the storage building exactly where and how you want it. Once the building is placed, we’ll make sure that everything is lined up properly and that all of the windows and doors open and close as expected.
It’s our goal to make this process as easy and hassle-free as possible for you. If you have any questions leading up to your building’s delivery day, we encourage you to contact our team.
Delivery costs: Delivery is free within 300 miles of our Milbank, South Dakota shop and 25 miles from our South Dakota and Minnesota display site. Beyond that, there is a one-way fee charged per mile. Fees vary based on current mileage rates. Escort fees may apply for 14′ and 16′ wide buildings.
Anywhere from 2-10 weeks, depending on the time of year. In spring, summer, and fall the production-to-delivery time is typically 6-10 weeks, while in winter it might take approximately 2 weeks or less.
Once it’s built and ready to go, our delivery team will call you to set up a delivery time that works with both your schedule and the driver in charge of delivery.
Once we arrive at your home, we walk with you around the property so that we can see exactly where you want your new storage building to be placed. Then we unload the building from the trailer and use the Mule to transport the building through your yard.
Absolutely. Once it’s built and ready to go, our delivery team will call you to set up a delivery time that works with both your schedule and the driver in charge of delivery. In winter, you will typically receive a call from us approximately 1-4 days after the building is completed. In summer, this will often take several days longer.
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