Buying a shed shouldn’t be as easy as going to a store pointing to one and saying, “I’ll take that one”. There are certain things you must consider when looking at a new outdoor shed.
First, never look at price alone. Many people when looking to buy a shed will hone in on an inexpensive shed and disregard those that have a better siding like vinyl or cedar. Many of the inexpensive sheds are built with much lower quality materials and sometimes the price difference is only a few hundred dollars. You need to look at the whole picture like how long will the cheaper shed last versus the slightly more expensive one and then make your decision on what the best bang for your buck will be.
Next, never buy a shed thinking it is an independent fixture in your yard. You need to take into account how it will fit with the design of your home. For instance, if you live in a log cabin or a country style home, you want your outdoor shed to be a more rustic look so that it looks appealing with your home, not an eye sore. If you have shutters, then find a shed with shutters to match. Your shed is an extension of your home and you need to treat it that way.
The siding material used on the shed is also something to consider. If you want a low maintenance, durable shed then you should choose a material like vinyl. If you are more concerned with its aesthetic value, then a nice cedar shed is great. Each siding material has its pros and cons, so evaluate each one and decide which will be the best choice for you.
Size will also be another consideration when buying an outdoor shed. You will need to establish what your shed will be used for and then find a size that will meet and even exceed its use. Its very easy to fill a shed, so when deciding on a size, be sure it will be slightly larger than you think you will need.
Lastly, there are random things to consider like will you build your own or have a professional do it. You should also check into the building codes for your area. There may be prep work necessary for the site in which you would like to place it. Take a few minutes to go over your needs and wants for the outdoor shed and make your decision accordingly.