Everything You Need To Know About Buying A Shed

Whether you need additional storage space, a workshop for your hobbies, or a cozy backyard retreat, finding the right shed for your needs is important. From understanding different shed types and sizes to comparing different materials - there's a lot to consider! In this shed buying guide, we'll provide you with essential information, tips, and insights to make an informed choice when buying a shed. Our goal is to help you navigate the shed-buying process with ease. Let's dive into everything you need to know before making a purchase.

Step 1: Consider how your shed will be used

The possibilities for using your shed are endless! That’s why before making a purchase, it's important to determine your shed's intended purpose. Sheds work great as dedicated storage buildings, providing ample room to organize and protect your belongings. Whether you need to declutter your home or store garden tools and lawn equipment, a shed offers a practical solution. At the same time, storage sheds can be customized to meet specific storage needs, allowing for efficient organization of your home. But that's not all - garden sheds can serve as versatile spaces for various purposes, such as workshops, studios, home gyms, pool houses, and more. By identifying the intended use of your shed, you can better assess its size, layout, and additional features to cater to your specific requirements.

A workbench and peg board set up inside of one of Westwood Shed's outdoor buildings.

Step 2: Research local laws and regulations

Before you buy a shed or decide on its size, it's important to call your city officials to learn about zoning laws or building codes for sheds and outdoor storage buildings in your area. Additionally, if you live in a neighborhood governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA), it's crucial to review their specific requirements and guidelines regarding sheds. HOAs often have their own set of regulations dictating shed size, style, color, placement, and even materials. Failure to comply with HOA requirements can result in penalties or the need to remove or modify the shed.

Step 3: Choose your shed material

When selecting a shed, it's essential to consider the different materials available and their unique characteristics. Common options to explore include wood, metal, and plastic sheds.


Wood sheds have a timeless and natural aesthetic. They offer excellent insulation, keeping the interior cool in summer and warm in winter. Wood is also a versatile material that can be easily customized or painted to match your style and preferences. It's important to note that, like any wooden structure, regular maintenance is necessary for wooden garden sheds, including sheds with engineered wood siding. Necessary upkeep includes sealing, painting, and potential repairs to prevent rot or insect infestation.


Metal sheds are known for their durability and strength. They also require minimal maintenance and are resistant to various weather conditions. These sheds often come with prefabricated panels, making assembly more straightforward. However, your metal shed may be prone to condensation if not properly ventilated. 


Plastic sheds are lightweight and easy to assemble. Plastic sheds often have UV protection, preventing color fading or cracking from sun exposure. But keep in mind that plastic sheds may not offer the same aesthetic appeal as wood or metal sheds and may have limited customization options.


Step 4: Examine your budget

Before making a shed purchase, it's essential to know your budget. Follow these simple steps to assess your budget effectively:

  • Set a spending limit: Decide how much you will spend on a shed. Consider your overall financial situation and determine a reasonable budget.
  • Research prices: Look around and compare shed prices that meet your needs. Consider factors like size, material, and features when comparing prices.
  • Consider long-term costs: Remember to think about ongoing expenses like maintenance and potential repairs. Factor in these costs when determining your budget.
  • Prioritize features: Identify the essential features you need in a shed and focus on those that fit your budget. For example, if you just want to use your shed as a storage building, there is no need to overspend on unnecessary extras.
  • Stay flexible: Be open to adjustments within your budget. You might find a shed that offers better value or a slightly higher-priced option that better suits your needs.

Step 5: Site preparation

When getting your shed ready, it's important to consider the foundation and site preparation. This ensures a stable and durable structure. Here are the key points:

  • Choose the foundation: Decide on the foundation type, such as a concrete slab, gravel base, or wood platform. Pick the one that suits your shed and budget.
  • Level the site: Ensure the area is even before installing the foundation. This prevents structural issues and ensures the shed sits properly.
  • Prepare the site: Clear the area of debris, rocks, and vegetation. Consider drainage to avoid moisture problems.
  • Seek professional help: If unsure, consult a contractor or shed supplier for expert advice.

Step 6: Install your shed

Once you have prepared the site and completed the necessary groundwork, it's time to install your shed. Ensure you have all the tools needed for the installation, and carefully follow the installation instructions provided by the shed manufacturer. Follow the step-by-step instructions to assemble the various components of the shed, such as the shed floor, walls, roof, doors, and windows. As the instructions indicate, pay attention to properly placing screws, bolts, or nails. If your garden shed assembly seems challenging or you need help with specific tasks, don't hesitate to seek assistance from a friend, family member, or professional. Working together can make the installation process smoother and more efficient.

Once the shed is fully assembled, inspect it carefully to ensure all components are secure and functioning correctly. Double-check for any loose screws or fittings and make adjustments as necessary. For a convenient installation option, consider Westwood Sheds. We take pride in offering free delivery and installation on our sheds within a 30-mile radius of any of our locations. By following the steps outlined in this blog, you can confidently determine, find, and install the perfect shed that meets your unique needs. Explore the possibilities and create the ideal workshop, retreat space,  outdoor storage shed, man cave/she shed, or any other space you desire.

Find your perfect shed at Westwood Sheds!

At Westwood Sheds, we're proud to offer an extensive range of metal and wood outdoor sheds across our nine convenient locations. Explore our extensive collection, designed to cater to your unique requirements. With our easy-to-use online instant estimator, you can customize and create your shed, receiving a personalized quote.

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