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Points to Ponder Before Buying a Shed

One of the key questions most landscapers will have to consider along the way is if and when to buy and install a shed. From DIY landscapers trying their hand at garden design for the first time to the most experienced landscapers tackling challenging projects of all shapes and sizes, it is usually necessary for a shed of some kind to be brought into the mix.

On the surface, you’d be forgiven for thinking that buying a shed would be a relatively easy job. That is, until you find yourself faced with a thousand and one questions and considerations. Well, maybe not that many, but certainly a few.

So wherever you happen to rank in the spectrum of landscapers – amateur and professional alike – what follows is a brief overview of just a few important points to ponder, before buying a shed:

1. Price vs. Quality

First and foremost, don’t make the mistake of confusing cheap prices with value for money. The reason being that there is probably a significant difference in quality between the £75 shed you’re looking at and a second shed of a similar shape and size for £250. Price should never be the single most important determining factor, given the extensive differences in quality from one product to the next. If you want a shed that is going to go the distance, try not to cut too many corners.

2. Shed Design

Always remember that along with playing a useful role in the storage and organising of tools and equipment, a quality shed can also bring a unique aesthetic touch to its surroundings. Something all landscapers should take into account – particularly when looking to complement a home or the other buildings in the area. From ultra-modern to rustic to the most weird and wonderful designs ever to hit the market, the sky really is the limit these days when it comes to shed design!

3. Natural vs. Artificial

Ask most seasoned landscapers and they will tell you in a heartbeat that natural wood represents the best material for the construction of an outdoor storage unit. Nevertheless, this only applies to the highest quality wood on the market, which just for the record is never 100% maintenance-free. If out for classic looks and charm, wood can be a great way to go. If you are simply looking for the most durable and maintenance-free option available, vinyl and other synthetic materials could make the ideal choice.

4. Building Codes

Depending on where you are located, it could be necessary to obtain official permission before building or installing the shed of your choosing. Even if it seems like a relatively remedial matter, the last thing you want is to face a heavy fine and be forced to tear your shed down at your own expense.  Nevertheless, this is exactly the kind of thing that happens relatively regularly to landscapers and garden designers who take things for granted.

5. Do-It-Yourself vs. Professional Installation

Putting to one side the obvious expense that accompanies the professional option, there are so many benefits to having the experts install your shed on your behalf. Faster installation, better installation and not having to bother with the arduous installation process yourself represent the three primary points of appeal. In short, unless you already have a decent amount of experience with these kinds of projects, you might want to think about having the experts lend a helping hand.

6. Power and Utilities

At any point in the future, will it be necessary or preferable to extend your current electricity, gas or water supply to your shed? If the answer is yes, will it be relatively simple (or even possible) to do so? These are exactly the kinds of things you need to bear in mind before going ahead with the purchase installation of an exterior building.

7. One or More?

Last but not least, if you have relatively extensive storage requirements – as is the case with many professional landscapers – it’s worth considering whether you would be better off with one large building or multiple smaller sheds. The benefit of the latter being the ability to scatter them around the place more discreetly, while at the same time keeping key pieces of equipment close to their primary areas of application. Always a good option to consider before going ahead.



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