Key Things to Understand Before you Purchase a New Shed

Posted on 9 Apr 2015 8:00 am

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Unfortunately, buying a shed isn’t as easy as just going to your local shed shop, selecting the one you want and erecting it in your backyard. The shed buying process actually takes time and planning. If you are contemplating purchasing a new shed, then you will also need to do a little research. 

So what are the most vital factors that need to be considered before you start your hunt for a steel building? 

Budget - what can you afford? 

What can you really afford and is it going to buy you the steel building that you need? How are you going to pay for your shed: credit card, cash or finance? Where are you going to get the finance, and how will that impact on your back pocket?

Once you have a rough ballpark on what you are able to spend on your new shed, you should consider what you want from your steel building. Size of the shed, design and optional extras – these all have costs that need to be factored in. And of course, don’t forget council approval – even the application will come at a cost.  

Do you need to obtain approval from your local Council?

It is in your best interest to contact your local council, or even better, a certified building surveyor to find out what approval processes are required before signing on the dotted line. They will be able to conduct the right searches, and assess your building documentation and give you accurate advice. 

They should be able to give you further clarification on: 

  • Site restrictions covering height and boundaries
  • Drainage, storm water, easements and sewage
  • Determine if your house is in a flight path, which could determine the roof cladding that is required. 

What size shed do you want?

Are you looking for a shed for residential purposes, such as parking your cars and storing all your excess belongings? Or maybe a work shed to house your large machinery and tools? Possibly you are on a rural property and are looking for a storage solution for your hay.

Your shed supplier will ask you this question and you should really take into account what you need your shed for now and in the future. Assess what you wish to store, to ensure you have the right clearance heights to store everything in your shed with the appropriate access.

Site Specific Engineering & ShedSafe

Not all shed designs are the same, so you need to make sure you shop with a supplier that is reputable and offers custom building design. If your chosen suppliers have been certified by ShedSafe and offer site specific engineering, then you can be confident your building will be of a high standard. 

Shed purchasing doesn't have to be a complex task, it is after all mainly common sense. We just suggest that you are prepared, that way you will be in a much better situation to negotiate and select a shed that is suitable for your property. If you have any questions whatsoever, or are interested in obtaining a quote for your new project, simply call 1300 94 33 77 or send through your requirements.

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