In part one of this two-part blog, we discussed some of the primary issues that may come along with purchasing a used shed. These options may appear to be more affordable than new shed choices, but this often masks several areas of hidden costs that will crop up and change the arithmetic here significantly.
At A-Shed USA, we have a wide variety of high-quality storage sheds available, from our Ranch and Barn options to our J-Series and YardMaster choices. In today’s blog, we’ll go over a few of the other possible reasons why used sheds tend to carry more costs than their up-front price might indicate, and why it’s often best to consider newer options.
We talked about the possible need for repairs on a used shed in part one of this series, and that’s a significant additional cost factor in many cases. But when we talk about overall lifespan, we’re speaking to a different area – that of basic long-term wear-and-tear.
Unfortunately, even the most durable shed materials will wear down over time due to the elements and natural causes. Repairs can slow this process, but they can’t stop it in the end. If you purchase a used shed that’s well along its path in this area, it might wear down and become useless far quicker than you expected, and even your best repair efforts might not make a difference.
Another potentially huge cost addition when purchasing a used shed is that of moving the shed to your property from the old one. For one, many older sheds simply aren’t structurally sound enough to be moved using normal processes, and may incur significant damage during the move that makes the purchase far less than worthwhile.
Even if the shed you’re buying is in good enough shape to be moved, moving it can come with a significant cost. Sheds are generally over-sized buildings, which means renting moving vehicles and other pieces of equipment that tend to come at a premium cost. And all this is without getting into the time and hassle spent dismantling certain areas of the shed to make it simpler to move, or hiring professionals to do this for you at a greater cost still.
Down similar lines, you may find that you incur even further costs based on local load permits. Many states and even certain municipalities within states require over-sized load permits for structures of a certain size, and these cost money and take time to acquire. Before trying to move a shed like this, ensure you’re following all local guidelines and won’t be dinged for failure to comply.
For more on why it can be risky to buy a used shed, or to learn about any of our storage sheds, garages or custom buildings, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.