A garden shed, summer house, workshop or log cabin 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 do 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.