Avoid These 5 Shed Building Mistakes Avoid These 5 Shed Building Mistakes

Sheds are a common storage solution for homeowners who have outgrown their garages or are looking for a designated workshop. While many try to DIY the project, it's not usually without some sort of bump along the road. Here are five common mistakes people make when building sheds, and how to avoid them yourself.

1. Not Checking Building Codes

Not obtaining a building permit and not following building codes in your area can result in a hefty fine. You may also be told to move a structure that has already been erected, wasting both your time and money.

When planning to build a shed on your property, the first thing you should do before anything else is check with your local municipal office and be sure that you comply with all building codes, permits, and local zoning rules. You will most certainly need a permit if you are planning to outfit your shed with water or electricity.

2. Failing to Lay a Solid and Flat Foundation

A man building a wood shed.

Not building your shed on a solid and level foundation will affect the long-term stability of the structure. Failure to do this will result in the building not being square or parts not fitting correctly. Furthermore, over a long period of time, the shed may degrade from water damage.

Before beginning work on the foundation, check your local building codes based on the specific type of shed you want to build.

3. Underestimating Your Space Requirements

A shed in a backyard.

When deciding how much space you will need in your yard for your shed, you must think way ahead. It's very easy to underestimate how much storage space you may need in the future. Changes in your life happen. You buy new and bigger lawn and garden equipment. You may purchase toys for kids or grandkids to play with outside. You may decide that you want to do woodworking or other projects in the shed and will need a workbench. Think ahead when deciding the size of the shed you will build because it's better to have too much space now than to not have enough storage space down the road.

Another thing some people forget to consider is where doors and windows will be placed. Think about how big the windows and doors should be and the styles you will use.

4. Overestimating Your Shed Building Abilities

Take a good look at your own abilities to construct or put together a storage shed. When it comes to home maintenance and DIY projects, we all have different skill levels. Stay with what you know and can handle.

Online tutorials can make it look easy to build a shed from scratch. However, starting a project outside your own capabilities can leave you frustrated. Instead of building a shed from scratch, consider purchasing a shed building kit. These require only an average to intermediate skill level to assemble. They can be put together fairly easily by the average homeowner with general DIY knowledge.

Keep your project as simple as possible and don't try to build something that is outside of your capabilities. It's better to hire a professional than to start something that you're not able to finish.

5. Not Shopping Around for the Best Deal on Materials

In order to get the best quality materials at the best prices available, you will need to do some research. Have a comprehensive list of all the materials, hardware, and fixtures needed to complete the shed before you begin your search. There are plenty of resources online to begin your search and you can also call suppliers in your area.

Also, keep in mind that just because it's cheap doesn't mean it's the best deal. You need to make sure what you buy suits your needs and you get the style that best suits you. As the saying goes, " You get what you pay for." Get at least three quotes from suppliers before you make a final purchasing decision.

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