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Why A Shed Can Be A Good Investment During Covid-19

You Need Your Own Workspace

The Covid-19 outbreak is causing a lot of disruptions, especially for everyday workers.  Where possible, it’s most effective for people to work from home. Thanks to the internet, there are many jobs you can do from home now if you need to.  In a previous article, I talked about things you need or might find useful to work from home.  The question is, though, what good is working from home if you are constantly distracted?  Your kids are also home from school. You and your spouse can’t go anywhere. They are all bored and in need of entertainment, while you need to focus.  It can be frustrating. You need your own workspace if you’re going to get any work done. What to do? Cache Valley Sheds recommends a shed to save your sanity or just be a boost in your home office environment.

It may be a worthwhile investment.  Here’s why.

1. A Shed Can Provide A Personal Workspace

working from home
Something a bit more drastic

It can be impossible to get work done when your family is constantly interrupting you.  Even if they aren’t coming into your office, they can make a lot of noise to distract you.  You can yell all you want, but kids will be kids. You can try something a bit more drastic, but your spouse might feel obliged to object.  Or you could get your own workspace.

A pre-made shed can be set up in a couple of days and can be set up for wi-fi access.  Set up your desk in the shed, plug in your computer, connect to the network and work. While your kids enjoy themselves in your house, you have your own private office where no one will bother you.  It’s great for those who are temporarily working from home due to the covid-19 pandemic.

It’s also good for permanent remote work.  If your job allows you to set up for permanent remote work, this can be a permanent office for you to work from.  That way, you can get the benefit of having a private setting just for work where you can focus. It’s just like going into an actual office without needing to go anywhere at all.  Under certain circumstances, it may even be tax deductible as a business expense.

2. It Can Be A Place For Your Kids To Play

If you don’t want to spend time and energy moving all of your home office equipment to a new location, a shed can be useful in other ways.  Consider setting up the shed as a place for your children to play, for example.

Once the shed is set up, add some tables, some shelves, and move in a few toys for your kids to play with.  Presto! The shed is now a kid’s playroom. Best of all, it’s a playroom that’s not in the house! The kids can make as much noise as they want and you won’t have to listen to it.  Let them have their fun while you get your work done. Just like converting the shed into a home office, this becomes something you can continue to use even after covid-19 has run its course.

3. Save Money

save money on storage with your own shed
Rented storage can be expensive

According to the New York Times, 1 in 10 Americans rents storage space for their possessions.  Let’s face it, we own A LOT of stuff.  So much that we often have trouble figuring out where to put it all.  That’s why storage space started becoming available for rent in the 1960s.  We just needed a place to put all of our things.

But storage space isn’t cheap.  The national average cost is a little more than $85 per month, or about 1$ per square foot.  That can vary wildly depending on a number of factors, including where you rent, for how long, and what extras the facility offers.  Depending on where you live and how much space you need, a self-storage shed can cost anywhere from $20 to $200 a month.

In times when the economy is in trouble and many of us are needing to cut costs, paying that extra expense might be an expense you can’t afford.  If you buy a shed, however, you’ll only put down a one-time payment and then the shed is yours for as long as you need it. Given the average cost per month of rented storage space, a shed will pay for itself in just a few years from the savings.

If you aren’t renting storage space, consider how the shed would free up space in your home.  Is your garage loaded with stuff? I know my own parents were always parking their cars out in the rain and snow because their garage was too full.  Move things from the garage to the shed and let those cars be parked inside. Maybe it’s your basement that’s full up. Move things out and suddenly there’s room for your kids to play downstairs, away from your office.

And while you’re moving stuff to your new shed, it will help you organize those possessions you’ve been storing for years.  It’ll be a great opportunity to go through your things and see what you have. Even more, it will help you make better decisions about what you can bear to part with.  Maybe you’ll find something you aren’t using, but that somebody on Ebay is willing to pay a lot of money for. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as they say.

A Shed Is A Worthwhile Investment

shed as a home office
A shed can be converted into a home office

Whether you’re looking to have a home office where you won’t be disturbed, want to create a play space for your kids where they can have fun without bothering you, or just need to make extra space in your own home, a shed can solve a lot of problems.  During this covid-19 outbreak, where we’re all cooped up together, we need as much space as we can get to avoid cabin fever. Not only that, it’s a good investment for your home. Not only can you keep using it after the pandemic is over, but it can increase the value of your home.  If you’re looking to get your own space and have some money you can spare, it could be a great purchase.