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Even though there is a little less money around this age group do tend to have a little more disposable cash available due to having paid of the mortgage on their homes and with their children grown up and making their own way in the world. However, with the economic climate many children are having to stay at home or after leaving home are forced back because of the financial situation of the world. As ever there is a word generated to describe this phenomenon and that is ‘Boomerang kids’ – which is nothing to do with Rolf Harris – and their loving parents are known as ‘BabyGloomers’ as a play on the Baby Boomers of the 50’s and 60’s.
The humble shed have been known to have been converted for the returning child’s use either as a 6×5 bedroom away from the house or for a small secluded private space for them. In the instance of using the garden shed then planning permission is nearly always needed but many sheds are not mentioned to the council. To be honest I can’t blame them as life can be tough and provided you are not upsetting your neighbours with undue noise or the shed is an eyesore then I don’t see the problem.
In any instance it is important that all sheds are kept securely locked and even more so over the dark winter months. Full precautions should be taken to protect these shed from thieves. A recent research by Sage showed that 14% of outdoor buildings are kept unlocked and a quarter don’t even put valuables in a locked shed.
The average value of items garages and sheds is £783 and typical claim for garden related thefts is £378, the research showed. However, older people are more likely to have even more value in their sheds with an average of £903 so the need to be even more careful is important. The chairman of Saga, Andrew Goodsell, said that many of us could face hefty bills to replace items neglected during the harsher period of the year or which are stolen from the vulnerable sheds. Only a little while ago Gloucestershire Police recommended installing metal grilles, more secure locks and garden shed alarms.
If you are concerned about security then the SafeStore Steel sheds are a very good option. made from very thick steel (about 3 times thicker than the normal domestic shed) and with a steel base they are very hard to break into. The steel is hot dipped galvanised steel, not just electro plated which most cheap metal sheds you get at the big DIY chains of catalogue stores.