Cheap Sheds - Buying A Shed On A Budget

Are cheap sheds worth considering when looking to increase your garden storage?

My first advice is not to compromise on durability or quality. Most of this site is about building your own shed from scratch and that in my view really is the best way to get a good quality shed at the best price!

However I do appreciate that many visitors may not have the time or interest to build their own shed so I created this page to point out a few options to help you get the best deals.

There are many sheds available on the market today that won't break your bank balance. It doesn't matter what style, size or material you want, there will be something at an economic price to suit you

Here's a guide to buying a cheap shed which will help you to get the most for your money:

Second-hand sheds

If you are lucky you may find some cheap sheds second hand when looking through the ads in your local newspaper, Craigslist or Ebay.

Secondhand sheds can be a good deal, on a recent check on Ebay I found some sheds that were going very cheap. You have to be lucky though to find one that is local to you or otherwise you are going to spend a lot in transportation and time. Also physically moving a shed that has been in-situ for a period of time can be quite a challenge without causing damage.

When getting a second hand shed it is a case of 'buyer beware'. A used shed may only be good for a short period of time and may not be worth the money you pay for it.

On the other hand, you may pick up a real bargain that is made of quality materials and a top brand. You might be lucky and find a shed that still has a manufacturer's warranty, many last for 10 years. Make sure you give it a thorough check over inside and out and move any tools or equipment out of the shed to search for damp, damage or decay.

Prefabricated Sheds

There are a great range of pre-made sheds out there. If you have a little bit of DIY know-how, then you'll be able to build most of the cheap sheds yourself and save on the installation costs, making your shed much cheaper than having someone build it for you.

Handyhome, for example, are extremely popular for their shed kits. They supply all of the components accurately pre-cut to size, even the door is pre-hung. Handy Home then box them up with all the hardware included. You simply put the shed together when it arrives.

One way of comparing shed prices is to look at the price per square foot here are the prices of of some popular shed brands and their sizes:

  • Arrow: 10' x 8' - $509.00 (no floor) $6.40/square foot
  • Duramax: 10' x 8' - $900.00 (no floor) $11.25/square foot
  • Lifetime: 10' x 8' - $1300.00 $16.25/square foot
  • Suncast: 7' x 7' - $1354.00 $27.60/square foot
  • Handyhome: 8' x 10' - $1478.00 $18.47/square foot

When comparing prices using the above method remember to add in an allowance for the two manufacturers which do not supply a floor as part of the basic price (you may want to buy a pre-made floor, make one yourself, or it may fit on to a base that is already im position).

Also be on the look out for any other extras which are not within the basic price and always remember to check whether delivery costs are included.

If you are on the look out for cheap sheds you'll need to do your research to make sure you're choosing the most cost-effective materials and buying on the internet is a great way to pick up a bargain.

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