Congratulations! It's a ....shed! Now that you have made the decision to buy a shed, whether it's because the clutter in your house is causing a constant headache or your home business really needs to be separate from your home, the most important decision is where you are going to place your new addition.
Here are four factors that can help you with that decision:
Dot your i's and cross your t's
- Check into your city and county building codes. You may be required to obtain a building permit and/or there may be specific requirements for how close your shed can be to property lines, other buildings, etc.
- If you belong to a Home Owner's Association, you should also check with any restrictions they might have on where and what type of shed you can construct.
- You also need to make sure that your building won't be sitting on top of buried power lines, septic systems, or other utilities.
By taking care of these steps ahead of time, you will avoid incurring any unnecessary fines, fees, or other unpleasant surprises in the future.
What will the shed be used for and how often will you (or others in your family) need to have access to it?
If Downhill Spiral, your daughter Astrid's new grunge rock band, will be practicing here regularly, a far corner of your property might be preferable. However, if Astrid has recently given up the music scene in favor of succulent cultivation, closer to the garden might be the way to go.
Either way, having in mind what the shed's primary use will be, and which way the doors should face for easy access, will help you find that perfect spot.
Blend in or stand out?
This is another big factor to consider when deciding where to place your shed.
Do you want your building to be part of your outdoor decor or do you want it to blend in to its surroundings? Will it obstruct your perfect view out the kitchen window or will it hide your view of the neighbor's vehicle graveyard?
Keep it on the level
To keep costs down and simplify the process, try to find a building area that won't require a lot of earth moving.
If you purchase a prefab shed from Hometown Sheds of Virginia, we offer free lifetime leveling in case soft ground causes your shed to tilt. We also deliver whatever you purchase straight to your home or business and take care of the assembly, so all you need to do is find the perfect building spot, pick your shed, and we will do the rest!
While the placement of your shed might not be the biggest decision you will face in life, it is a decision you will have to live with for years to come. Following these steps can help ensure it's a decision you won't regret.