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Building your own Shed: Is it Really Worth it?

Nov 1, 2013 3:00:00 PM / by Cook Portable Warehouses


This question is ultimately a matter of personal opinion. Yet, there are some clear advantages to each side of buying vs. building a shed.

Your decision will probably come down to cost. Unfortunately, most people only consider the financial cost involved. There’s much more to this matter!

Here are 7 factors that you should consider before making a decision to buy or build a shed:

  1. Pride

By constructing a storage unit from scratch or from a DIY kit, you may experience a sense of pride. It’s the feeling of getting your hands dirty and being able to say, “I built that!”

  1. Value

You’ll probably get the sense that you’ve saved some money. However, you might be surprised to find that oftentimes, pre-made sheds cost less than building one yourself. For instance, at Cook Portable Warehouses, we receive many calls from contractors asking us to deliver a shed instead of them building one.

  1. Tools

In making the decision to build your own shed, you’ll need to make sure you have the right tools. If you don’t already own these items, such as a drill, a saw, a level, etc., you’re going to spend money acquiring them. Companies that specialize in shed building already have an abundance of professional-grade tools, which makes the construction process that much more efficient and effective.

  1. Quality

How confident are you in your ability to construct a stable building?  Professional shed builders do this job every day. They know the best construction methods and often design your building in a quality controlled environment. Some companies, like Cook Portable Warehouses, even offer a lifetime guarantee on their work!

  1. Time

Approximately how long will it take you to finish the building project? Aside from the actual building process, other factors will take up your valuable time. Are you well versed in the art of construction, or will you need to do a bit of research beforehand?  How long will it take to acquire the necessary building materials and tools?  When purchasing a pre-made storage shed, it can be delivered directly to your home in as little as 7-10 working days.


  1. Stress

Taking on a task like building your own shed can sometimes come with a great deal of stress.

  1. Relationships

How will your relationships with family members and significant others be affected? The time you devote to completing this building project will mean less time spent with them. Your stress may even carry over into your attitude toward them.

After factoring in all of these aspects, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision as to which route is best for you.

If you decide to purchase a pre-made shed, Cook Portable Warehouses will provide you with the best value for your money. Click below to find out more!

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Topics: Buying a Shed