Feedback: Ordering was straightforward, communication was good. The fitters were punctual and pleasant and left the site very tidy. We are really happy with our workshop. It seems very solid and watertight.
Response: Thanks for your feedback. I'm pleased everything went well with your new log cabin summer house. A very popular model these days. Thanks for choosing us. Regards, Robin
The common garden shed is home to a great number of items and the value of its use it usually not appreciated. However if you stop and think about the many virtues of the shed you will not take its use in vain again. Where would you put all the garden equipment, the children's bikes, garden furniture and garden tools? There's not really any space indoors and even if there was you would not really want those items in there.
You do need to take a look in your garden shed and add up all the value of the items and ensure, where ever possible, to make sure these items are covered by insurance. This is not always possible as insurance companies are not very keen on insuring risky out door buildings. However if you persevere and show that your garden shed is secure and, as importantly, is kept secure you may be able to get cover.
However, if you do get insurance cover ensure that your garden shed is kept locked with all security measures in place because if you don't and your shed gets burgled the insurance company will refuse to pay out. A little similar to leaving your car keys in your car and a thief driving it away. So if you do pay for insurance make sure you don't regret it.
The other side of the coin is to take a calculated risk and just make the most of any security procedures. This will make it hard for thieves to get at your valuables and will encourage them to move onto easier targets. I would be a little wary of having any very high value items in your shed unless you can lock your garden gate to stop thieves getting at the garden shed. The garden gate can act like a moat around the castle. In this instance the shed is the castle being protected and the locked gate and surrounding fence is the moat, or first line of defence.
If you do this then you can relax a little and use your garden shed (or log cabin summer house if you have one) for a range of purposes whether it's a bar to share with your friends, even a church - which I must admit is a very unusual use for a garden shed but where needs must - maybe an artist's studio such as one made by a man in Malmesbury. His creation morphed from a simple shed, donated to him by his father-in-law, and evolved into a workshop cum party shed cum 'man space' with help from his friend.
This is all very good advice as the value of items in the average garden shed is over £1000 and which increases year on year. This is according to a report by M&S Money, he financial arm of Marks & Spencer. Some of the most expensive items included lawn mowers in nearly 40% of sheds. Bikes were also a very popular items with over a quarter of sheds protecting them from the elements followed up by DIY equipment in general.
Astonishingly the survey found that nearly half of all garden sheds were not locked, which must be music to the ears of thieves, and this figure had risen substantially over earlier years. This I find amazing as I would have thought that, as budgets are reduced, more measures would be taken to protect ones' own property.
However, whatever you do don't follow the action of a lady in Leominster who, when her shed was cleared out, showed that there was a World War 2 incendiary bomb among the items in there. Action was taken to dispose of this bomb safely when it was exploded safely outside of Leominster by bomb disposal officers.