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Ask the right questions when it comes to your outdoor building structure.

Questions to Ask Before You Buy or Build Your Shed

If you're planning to buy or build a storage shed, keep in mind these factors and considerations to help avoid unpleasant surprises and ensure you'll be happy with your choice. You might want to print this page and use it as a checklist.

Are You Going to Buy or Build a Shed?

Setting Your Priorities — Ask Yourself:

What materials do you prefer for the construction of your shed?

Tip: Consider the advantages of LP® Shed products, and compare LP® SmartSide® to other common shed wall materials.

How exactly do you plan to use your shed?

Tip: Consider how much time you'll spend inside and how easily you'll want to move around while in it. This will help you determine the size you need, which shed features are most important to you, and if you'll need to run water and/or electricity to your shed.

What will you keep in the shed?
Where in the yard would you like your shed?

Tip: You'll need to leave about three feet of clearance on all sides of the shed for the sake of installation, and you may need more clearance on one side to allow for a ramp and room to open the door. Also consider how visible you want the shed to be.

Are you bound by size limitations from a homeowners association?
What do your local building codes say about sheds?
What is your budget?

Choosing Where To Buy — Ask The Dealer:

What is your warranty?

What is your warranty?

How far will you deliver?
Do you offer financing or rent-to-own options?
What is included in your price?

Tip: Don't forget to ask about delivery charges, taxes, a ramp and locks.

Do you finish the shed, or do I have to paint the outside myself?

Choosing A Shed Design — Ask The Dealer:

What is your most popular size?
What are your most popular features/options?
What kind of product upgrades are available?

Tip: Ask specifically about cooling/brightening SilverTech® Technology for the roof and walls as well as beauty-enhancing SmartFinish® Technology for the interiors of the roof and walls.

Can I customize your shed plans?

Can I customize your shed plans?

Planning For Delivery — Ask The Dealer:

How quickly can I get my shed?
Will you prepare the site, or do I need to do that myself? If you will prep the site, is that included in your cost?
When do you need access to my backyard?
When do you need access to my backyard?
Will you build the shed on-site?
If you will build the shed on-site, are any permits required?

Setting Your Priorities — Ask Yourself:

What materials do you prefer for the construction of your shed?

Tip: Consider the advantages of LP® Shed products, and compare LP® SmartSide® to other common shed wall materials.

How exactly do you plan to use your shed?

Tip: Consider how much time you'll spend inside and how easily you'll want to move around while in it. This will help you determine the size you need, which shed features are most important to you, and if you'll need to run water and/or electricity to your shed.

What will you keep in the shed?
Where in the yard would you like your shed?

Tip: You'll need to leave about three feet of clearance on all sides of the shed for the sake of installation, and you may need more clearance on one side to allow for a ramp and room to open the door. Also consider how visible you want the shed to be.

Are you bound by size limitations from a homeowners association?
What do your local building codes say about sheds?
What is your budget?

Choosing A Shed Design — Ask Yourself:

Would you prefer to build the shed from a kit or start from scratch?
How much time are you able to dedicate to building the shed?
Who will be available to help you build the shed?

Tip: Plan to have at least one person help.

Do you already have all the tools you need?

Choosing Where To Buy — Ask The Retailer:

Do you sell kits or just raw materials?
Do you carry LP® shed products?
How much will the materials and any necessary tools cost?
Do any of these products come with warranties?

Tip: LP shed roofs, walls and floors each come with an industry-leading warranty.

Can you deliver the materials I need? If so, how much will it cost?
Will I need to be present during delivery?