Which is Better: Building Your Own Storage Shed or Buying a Pre-Built Storage Shed?

As many homeowners have realized, there are a lot of things that need to be stored outside your home. For instance, a typical home requires a lawnmower to maintain the lawn, an edge trimmer to keep things looking neat, lawn chairs and garden furniture for seating, a grill for outdoor meals, and many other items that are bulky but necessary.

Storing these items becomes a bit of a challenge for those homeowners who don't have garages. Even for those with garages, the garage space fills up quickly, leaving the cars parked in the driveway or on the road. The solution to this problem is a storage shed.

Storage Shed Options
There are choices when it comes to putting up a storage shed. Before investing in a storage shed, it's a good idea to make sure it will meet your current and future needs. Take a look at the options available for purchase before deciding on the shed for you.

- Site-Built Storage Sheds
A site-built storage shed is a shed that you build yourself on your property. The advantage to this type of shed is that you can completely customize it for your needs. However, this type of shed has many distinct disadvantages.

The disadvantages of building your own storage shed include the time, money, and work involved in creating this type of structure. Building a shed is not a weekend project and shouldn't be undertaken by the first-time do-it-yourselfer. It's often more expensive to purchase the materials and build your own shed than it is to purchase a pre-built unit.

- Pre-Built Storage Sheds
A pre-built storage shed is put together at a factory and arrives completely constructed at your doorstep. You don't need to be a carpentry expert to have one of these sheds, and you don't have to spend as much money on one of them as you would on building your own shed.

Because they are pre-built, these sheds are not fully customizable. However, there are a multitude of options available that are likely to meet the needs of any homeowner. In addition to being less expensive and less work, pre-built sheds also provide you with storage much more quickly.

Before You Buy a Storage Shed
There are several things you should consider before you invest in a storage shed. In order to end up with the right storage shed for you, you should make sure you have a clear idea of your storage needs.

To get a good idea of what size and type of storage shed you need, make a list of everything you think you may store in the building. Some common items include the following:

- Lawn chairs and other garden furniture are a popular storage item. If left outside year-round, your lawn furniture will have a much shorter lifespan. In addition, exposure to the elements will make your furniture less attractive and will contribute to peeling paint, fading, and mildew growth.

- Tools and yard equipment need a home too. Lawnmowers and other yard equipment are useful but also come with an expensive price tag. It's important to protect your investment from damage by the elements and possible theft. A storage shed is the perfect solution.

- Grills last longer when kept sheltered as well. If you want your grill to last many years, it's important to protect it from rain, snow, and harsh winds. A storage shed provides a safe, dry home for your grill, as well as a handy place for charcoal, grilling tools, and other necessary items.

Knowing what you plan to store in your new shed will help you choose the pre-built shed that is perfect for your needs!


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