Sheds have grown in popularity over the years. Not only are they great for storing personal belongings if you run out of space in your home, but they also make a great hangout for enjoying a warm summer day.
If you’re considering building a shed in your yard, here are some ways you can benefit from one. A shed can:
1. Declutter your home. The longer you live in your home, the more personal items you’ll collect throughout the years. If clutter stresses you out, a shed may be the right solution for you. Storing items out of sight can help reduce your stress level and help gain more organization in your home.
2. Help avoid storage rental fees. Depending on where you live, there are probably numerous options for renting a storage unit. Building a shed can help you avoid paying monthly rental fees and allow for more convenient access to your stuff.
3. Create space to enjoy your hobbies. If you enjoy woodworking, gardening, or tinkering on small engines, a shed can give you more space to expand. It may also allow you to park your car in your garage.
4. Increase the value of your home. Not only do you get to enjoy the benefits of your shed, when it comes time to sell your home, it’ll increase the value of your home as well as attract more buyers.
When it comes to building a shed, the sky’s the limit on how much money you can spend and the amount of creativity you put into it. Here are some things to know and do before starting your project.
1. Do your research. Before buying anything it’s important to think about what you want from a shed. Is it simply going to be used for storage? Do you want to make it your man cave or she shed? Look online or visit your local retailer to see what options are available. Be sure to write things down as this will help you stay organized as you continue through the process.
2. Choose the right size. After you’ve done your research and you have some ballpark numbers, start to think about what size shed you’ll need. Things to consider include:
- How will you use it? If used for storage, what will you store? If used for a hangout or hoppy space, what amenities or features do you want to include?
- What’s the size of your yard?
- Do you want to grow into it?
3. Choose the right type. Buying a pre-built shed can be easy and stress free if you’re using it for light storage. If you plan to store larger items like recreational vehicles or plan to use it for one of your hobbies, then a custom build is probably best for you.
4. Use quality materials. With the increase in the cost of materials, it may be tempting to look for cheaper alternatives. Remember, spending extra money up front on quality materials can bring you more years of use and enjoyment.
5. Talk to your building inspector. Discuss your project with your local building inspector to see what city ordinances you must follow. The inspector may also be able to give you some building tips or information on current trends.
6. Check with your homeowners’ association. If you’re a part of a homeowners’ association, they may need to approve your plans. In addition, they may have requirements regarding size and cosmetic appearance. For example, the shingles on your shed roof may need to match your home. It’s best to find out what’s expected in the beginning of the process.
7. Talk to your independent insurance agent. Your agent can make sure you get the appropriate insurance coverage for your new shed.
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