People Are Still Buying Sheds
Despite ongoing lumber price hikes, people are still buying sheds in Cache Valley. According to Cache Valley Sheds, a company that sells prefabricated sheds, their usefulness seems to be outweighing the price hike for their customers. So, while this is happening, what goes into buying a prefabricated shed and what kind of work does it take to maintain it? Cache Valley Sheds talked to us about this question.
1. Setting Your Shed Up
Cache Valley sheds has a more detailed article on how to set up your shed on their website, but setting it up is basically a matter of preparing the site and building the foundation. You pick the spot you want it on and clear the area of scrub and debris, then level it. The law requires a foundation to be at least 3 inches of gravel, but a lot of customers prefer concrete. Either way, the foundation should be set up to handle the weight of the shed. The supply can explain the details more precisely based on the shed design you want.
The advantage of prefabricated sheds is that you don’t need to build them. Your supplier simply loads it up onto a towing truck and delivers it to your place. To enable this, you need to make sure that there is space for the trailer carrying the shed to fit through. Only a few inches on either side is needed, but it’s better if you can provide more room. Make sure you know the dimensions of the shed before you buy and measure the space you have for the delivery truck to bring it through.
The exact amount of maintenance your shed will need long-term varies depending on who built it and how. If you purchased an engineer certified shed, you’ll know exactly what it can stand up to. Generally, all sheds will need to have their doors checked each spring and fall. The wood can absorb moisture, which may put the door out of place. This isn’t common, but it can happen and it’s usually an easy fix if you catch it before the swelling becomes too bad. A routine check of the roof for cracks, or floor for bowing, or warping should also be done. As with the door, a well designed shed shouldn’t have these problems under normal conditions, but some repair work will be needed if they do. Painting may also need to be touched up after a few years, but otherwise won’t be a problem.
Check with your supplier if your prefabricated shed has a warranty on it. Some do, and some don’t. The ones with warranties might be a little more expensive, but you know that you shouldn’t have any problems with them. If you do, the warranty will cover the damages. A little peace of mind never hurts when you’re making an investment in your home like this.
Is A Shed A Good Investment?
A prefabricated shed can serve many purposes, whether as a home office (potentially a tax write-off, check with your accountant), or a place to store tools, or a play area for kids. It’s all a matter of finding the right design for your intended use. Given the price hikes may increase before they go back down, if you know you have a need for one, now is probably the best time to buy it, before the prices go up any further. If you’re really dedicated to the idea, it’s possible to make a shed add value to your home, though this takes extra work and you should consider the options carefully before you commit to that.
So, is a prefabricated shed a good investment? It really all depends on what you want to use it for. Know what it is you need and what you want, and you can make it work. Just don’t feel pressured into buying if it can wait for a year or two for the supply and demand situation to normalize.