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Cheap Garden Sheds are best? Discuss (ing)!!

Cheap Garden Sheds are best? Discuss (ing)!!
Cheap Garden Sheds are best? Discuss (ing)!!

Author is Robin Antill - expert in garden buildings Written By Robin - Expert in Garden Buildings For 39 Years.
Hi, I'm Robin Antill, founder of 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, and I use my expertise gained over 39 years in the garden buildings industry to understand that each customer is different. With my manufacturing, retailing and customer service experience my articles help people choose their ideal shed, garden workshop, summerhouse, log cabin or garden office needs to suit their requirement and that is key to satisfaction. And what do I do when I'm not writing? You may find me following Grimsby Town Football Club or riding roller coasters - so plenty of 'ups and downs' in my life.

A garden shed is not your usual regular buy and when that special time comes around, certainly for the men of the world, it is obviously a good time to search the market. With shed from your local B&Q (stack them high - sell them cheap) right up to the manufacturers who exhibit at the Chelsea flower show and with prices which a present day banker would think twice about.

You may think, as the average person moves house every 5 to 7 years on average you might think the cheap sheds will be more than adequate and would make sense to save your money. You know they are only going to last a few years so why worry if the shed is on its last legs when you move out. Well you should!! Estate agents know that 1st impressions are always important and if, when you prospective purchasers come to view your property, when they see the state of that cheap shed (it seemed to make sense at the time) they will then start to think if you are prepared to cut corners with your shed then where else in the house have you cut corners. Can you afford to take that risk?

Besides the above your shed has to be functional, it has to protect your valuable garden items from the weather and also to deter those opportunistic thieves. With most of these cheap sheds using chipboard (OSB, wafer board, sheet) type materials for the floor and roofs you will be lucky if the floor and roof does not get wet quite quickly and start to fall apart. With the roof sagging the felt will buckle and rip, letting rain in. You nice shiny new lawn mower will then start to rust and you will wonder why you did not spend a little more. With the very thin wood, the minute framework, which is more suited to toy sheds, and the doors with no bracing your 'other half' will delight in telling you that you should have bought a decent shed.

The manufacturers of these sheds won't give you an opportunity to inspect the quality before you buy - you are expected to buy from their flash web sites.

You might feel that under the The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 that you can return the shed if you are not happy, well yes you can, BUT, normally only if the goods are in the exact same condition - i.e. If you started to build the shed and then changed your mind, the fact there are nail holes in the shed is a good enough reason for your claim to be rejected. You are also likely to have to pay return carriage costs, which can be substantial.

Surely it makes sense to invest a little more for a quality well made shed, one you can see BEFORE buying and have it delivered and assembled FREE of charge. Take a look at the Diamond garden sheds, garden and the top of the range Platinum garden workshops. With solid T&G roofs and solid heavy duty floors, with no chipboard to be seen. Take a look at the heavy bracing on the doors which means you won't get the dreaded 'shed door droop'. Look inside, there is superb clearance for your head, enabling you to work in comfort (no need to be the Hunchback of Surbiton) Buy a shed you can be proud of, one to make you feel that all your valuables are secure, dry and safe. And the icing on the cake when you come to move, your prospective purchasers will see that you have placed quality above cheapness and will improve the value of your home, not reduce the value and make it more difficult to sell at a market price.

It is often said that some people know the price of everything but the value of nothing. Don't be one of these people - aim for quality which is the key to happiness in your garden before you make the wrong decision.


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Woking Garden Buildings Display Site Sutton Green Garden Centre,
Whitmoor Ln, Sutton Green,
Guildford, Surrey. UK. GU4 7QA

Phone 0333 800 8880
Our display site is normally manned and open for viewing 9.00am to 5.00pm every day
The garden centre is visible from A320 main road between Woking and Guildford.

Currently on display at Sutton Green: are Platinum, Sapphire, & Diamond Timber Buildings, Trentan Cabins, SafeStore, Trimetals, GrandChoice Metal Sheds; Lidget Garages & Secure storage concrete sheds. Please see this page for a full list.



Farnham Garden Buildings Display Site Squires Garden Centre,
Badshot Lea Road, Badshot Lea,
Farnham, Surrey. UK. GU9 9JX
Phone 0333 800 8880
Our display site is open for viewing 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday
10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.
Only Manned on Fridays
The garden centre is visible from B3208 road between Farnham and Aldershot.

Currently on display at Badshot Lea: are Platinum & Diamond Timber Buildings, Trentan Garden Cabins and Lidget Garages. Please see this page for a full list.




Phone (01483) 237550 or (0333) 800 8880 - Fax (0333) 8008810
(0333) numbers are charged as LOCAL Rate on both mobiles and landlines - saving you money.
Email to 1clb@leisurebuildings.com or Contact Us Here
1st Choice Leisure Buildings Established in 1979 for All Garden Buildings. Sheds, Workshops, Log Cabins
On Display for viewing near to Guildford, Godalming, Cobham, Dorking, Leatherhead and Ripley in Surrey. UK

Office ONLY Address is 260 Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey. KT15 3NS.
Close To Byfleet, Chertsey, Weybridge, Walton On Thames, Esher, Bagshot, Staines.