More than 27 percent of homeowners feel that clutter is the most annoying household problem they have to deal with. Having too much stuff around the house not only increases your stress levels, but it also makes your home harder to clean and maintain.
While off-site storage units can help you curb your clutter problem, they’re not the most convenient solution. You have to leave home anytime you want to access an item in your storage unit and can only access your unit during designated hours.
Installing outside storage units at your home is a great way to get rid of clutter without the inconvenience of an off-site unit. If you’re planning to install one on your property, make sure you consider the following things before you commit to a unit.
1. Think About What You’ll Need To Store Inside
Before you can start shopping for an outdoor storage shed, you’ll need to figure out how you’ll use it. Think about the types of things you plan to store inside. Ultimately, the way you’ll use the storage unit will determine the type of metal building you need. If you’re planning to use it to keep boats, RVs, and ATVs safe and secure, you’ll need a building that can accommodate those items easily. This means large access doors, high rooflines, and enough space to maneuver your gear safely. If you’re using the storage unit to clear out clutter, the building can be smaller and won’t need the same types of doors or access points.
2. Identify the Features You Need in Your Outdoor Storage
Think about what you want to be able to do inside your storage building. The options are limitless, but the types of activities you want to engage in can influence the type of structure you build.
If you’re going to use the space as a workshop, added insulation is a must. This will keep the space comfortable and allow you to spend time in the building no matter what the weather is like.
If you’re using it as a storage shed for recreational vehicles and equipment, electrical outlets will help you keep their batteries charged. Any licensed electrical contractor can perform the installation of the receptacles.
Make a list of all the features you want in your outdoor shed and discuss your needs with any metal building company you contact. This way, they’ll be able to help you find the best metal shed for your needs without wasting time by giving you options that won’t work for your property.
3. Figure out Your Total Build Budget
You’ll need to figure out how much you’re willing to spend on your new metal shed before you can start shopping for it! If you’ve been saving up for the project, take a look at how much you have on-hand. If it’s not enough to cover the cost of the storage building in full, you can look into financing the purchase with a loan. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it, but if you do decide to finance the cost of the building, you’ll want to start applying for loans ahead of time. Remember, the amount you’re approved for will determine how much you can spend on the storage shed.
4. Consider Building Placement
The ideal location for your storage shed will be close enough to your home that it’s convenient but not so close that it detracts from your home’s drive-up appeal. It should also be relatively level and large enough to accommodate the building, the installation work, and any necessary equipment to get the job done right. You’ll also need to pay attention to your yard’s drainage. If the location gets flooded frequently or often has standing water nearby, it’s likely not the best choice. Remember, outside storage sheds are permanent buildings. They need a solid foundation to last for years.
5. Be Mindful of Local Building Restrictions
Before you can start building, you need to make sure the shed will satisfy any local building codes. Talk to your local zoning committee and find out which types of buildings can get installed on your property and make sure you apply for the necessary permits before work starts. If you live in an area with a homeowners association, make sure they’re okay with the building you have in mind. Unfortunately, HOAs can dictate the types of buildings you’re allowed to add to your property. Building a structure that doesn’t meet your HOAs guidelines can earn you costly fines. Worse, they can force you to take it down entirely.
6. Check With Your Insurance Provider
Most homeowners’ insurance policies cover outlying buildings, but some don’t. Even if yours does, the coverage amounts may not be high enough to pay for the cost of repairs should the building get damaged. Contact your insurance company and discuss your options. Your insurance agent will be able to tell you how much coverage you currently have. If they think you need additional coverage, they’ll help you update your policy so your storage shed and everything inside will be safe and fully covered.
7. Understand Your Style
Storage sheds don’t have to be boring metal boxes without personality or flair. Use this to your advantage and choose a building that complements your home’s exterior. You’re able to choose siding, roofing, and even garage door colors before you order your building. Think about the look you want to achieve and consider how it will impact the look of your home and your landscaping. Choose a color scheme that you’ll be happy with for years to come.
Simplify Your Life With a Storage Shed at Home
Off-site storage units work well enough, but they’re incredibly expensive and most facilities have specific hours, limiting your access to your belongings. Installing outside storage units is a great way to get rid of clutter around the house while saving you money over time. When you have access to everything you need at home, you’ll be able to access your stuff whenever you need it. Ready to find a high-quality metal building that will solve all of your storage problems? Contact our team today and let us help you find the perfect building for your property.