Building vs. Buying a Shed

Are you having second thoughts about the space in your house? You’re not alone. Whether it’s your garden, garage or backyard, storage is a struggle almost everyone deals with, especially if if you have kids. However, you know it’s time to consider getting a shed when your spacing issues have reached a point of no return.

Why Do You Need a Shed After All?

A decent storage shed allows you to tuck away valuables that may otherwise just be lying around because they are not required throughout the year. It provides additional space for you to store things you reach out for frequently. A well-built storage shed also adds value to your property in the long run.

However, a shed is not only limited to storage. There are endless possibilities when it comes to deciding what to do with it. From being a workout space to a play area for kids, there’s nothing a good shed can’t pull off. The cherry on top, you can finally indulge in interests and hobbies you had long been avoiding due to a lack of space. Hence, having a shed is one of the most cost-effective ways to add usable space on your property.

All in all, there’s no doubt about what a good shed can do for your spacing needs. The real question is how to get one. Whether you decide to build a shed on your own or get someone to do it for you, there are pros and cons involved in both choices. In the end, it comes down to what you can afford and what works well for your needs.

EZ fit sheds make shed kits that come partially pre-assembled so you can put them together all by yourself in 1-2 days.

What Are the Pros of Buying It?

This goes without saying, but the biggest advantage of buying a shed is that you don’t need to put in any amount of labour. All the hard work, the hammers, the nails, and the measurements are done for you by professionals. The most you have to do is choose the outline or the design you like, and the work will be taken care of.

Moreover, there are also services ready to deliver all the equipment and set the entire thing up wherever you like. The only downside to this choice is the amount of financing involved. If you have the funds to finance a shed based on your needs, good for you, but if you don’t, you may end up with something that’s hardly useful or too small.

On the other hand, if you think you have the tools, the skills, and the time to build one on your own, by all means, go ahead. Do keep in mind that building your own shed requires time and precise measurements and the right kind of skill.

What Are the Pros of Building One?

There’s nothing that can go wrong even if you decide to build a shed on your own. In the long run, it’s bound to save you money and give you exactly what you need. Sometimes, despite having the funds to get one built, building your shed may seem like a better option since no one other than you knows what you want best.

On the other hand, if you’re someone who genuinely enjoys working on such projects, it may be a great way to kill your time and get something out of it. When it comes to skills, building a shed may demand very precise and accurate measurements, but other than that, the instructions available online or on the kit you have may be good enough.

Sometimes, people choose to build their sheds because of several practical reasons, such as:

Ø It may be cheaper

Ø They have all necessary equipment already and wouldn’t like it to go to waste

The cost of building your own shed is comparatively less than buying one, especially if you already have all the required tools. There are also several kits available with all the material cut and sorted. All you need to do is follow the manual for instructions and put everything together. The most you may need is a screwdriver, a drill or a hammer with the right instructions, and you’re good to go.

On the downside, building a shed despite having every required tool is not exactly one of the easiest jobs. Unless you’re passionate about it, there’s no reason to give up your precious weekends and tire yourself out only to end up with a below-average result.

Building vs. Buying a Shed: What’s More Cost-Effective?

Even though, theoretically, every factor sides with building your own shed. It seems like a cheaper option compared to buying one. However, in practicality, there is much more to consider, and you may end up spending more by building one. Let’s see how.

To begin with, your estimated costs may not work out well if there is a good chunk of tools you need to purchase. While screwdrivers and hammers won’t dig a hole in your pocket, other tools can. For example, power tools, table saws, and circular saws aren’t readily available at affordable rates.

Not only will they mess up your designated budget, but they may also not guarantee the best outcome, especially if you’ve never used them before. It’s also possible to mess up the measurements or use the tools wrong if you’re only relying on online instructions.

The best way to mitigate such mistakes is by taking your measurements seriously. Make sure to measure everything at least twice before cutting it. This is because mistakes like these may cause you to return and purchase everything all over again, inflating your overall budget and you might end up compromising on your dining room wall decor.

In conclusion, both buying and building a shed are excellent choices and come with their own costs and benefits. If you’re budget savvy and don’t mind giving your precious time to a project as complicated as this, building a shed will surely do the deal. However, if you don’t have the necessary tools, time and equipment, it’s better to pay and get the work done at your convenience.

Diego Martinez

Diego Martinez, with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, has been a leading figure in maintenance and facilities management for 16 years. He joined our editorial team in 2020, sharing his expertise in preventative maintenance, system optimization, and energy efficiency. Diego’s previous roles include engineering manager in manufacturing and consulting for facility management. He has provided practical advice and problem-solving strategies for maintenance issues. He is an enthusiastic cyclist and volunteers in community tech education programs.

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