Buying a shed can be a daunting process, especially if it is your first one. There are many factors to consider: what the shed process entails, whether or not you need ventilation, weighing up Colourbond or Zincalume finishings. For those new to the process, it can seem overwhelming.
With so much to think about, it’s easy to lose track of the essentials that can greatly influence the cost of your project.
To make sure you’re getting the best deal on your new shed and the lowest price, keep these four factors in mind:
Think Long Term
When making a purchasing decision, it’s natural for many of us to only think about our immediate needs. But when investing in a project with the scale of a new shed, it pays to looks ahead at what your future needs might be and plan accordingly.
Our research indicates as much as 80% of people who have purchased a shed go on to regret not making it 1/3 bigger. Think about the future, will you be upgrading your machinery soon? Will you be storing more hay later on down the track? Trying to retrofit your shed with more space in the future will be more expensive and time consuming than simply allowing for additional space right from the outset.
Keep your machinery traffic in mind too, making sure your equipment is accessible and can be moved in and out easily is essential to a successful shed project.
Be Clear On Steel Thickness
When it comes to choosing steel thickness, the potential confusion between Base Metal Thickness (BMT) and Total Coated Thickness (TCT) can cause many home and business owners to pay too much for their shed, or to inadvertently purchase a shed inadequate for their needs.
BMT refers to the steels thickness as a raw material, TCT refers to its thickness one the outer coating is applied (usually Colourbond or Zincalume).
Knowing if you’re paying for BMT or TCT can make a big difference to the cost of your project. Generally speaking, the most common sheeting for steel sheds is 0.42BMT (0.47TCT).
Clarify the Inclusions and Exclusions
When purchasing a new shed, the cost goes far beyond its physical components. You also need to account for site clearing, preparation and - in some cases - excavation. Many companies leave these costs off their quotes, potentially leaving customers thousands of dollars out of pocket once the project is already underway.
Make sure your price also includes delivery and installation costs. If your quote is missing these components it can make your project look deceptively cheap and you’ll end up footing the bill later.
Make A Plan And Stick To It
Changing your mind mid-project is a surefire way to blow your budget. While tweaks and changes can be accommodated in most projects, be aware that deviations from your plan will add to the overall cost.
Make sure your next shed installation is a dream, not a nightmare. Our free guide The 5 Common Mistakes When Buying A Shed outlines exactly what to do (and what not to do) when planning, selecting and installing your next shed.