Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes When Buying A Shed


Garden Shed Sent in By Customer

Photo credit: Customer S. Ebner 

“I didn’t know that was even an option!” 

 “I wish I’d gotten that.”

 “Man, I should have thought about this.” 

Don’t let these thoughts describe your shed buying experience. It’s important to do your research before you make an impulse buy.

You want to look at all of your options: shed styles, warranties, features, construction quality, etc. So, let’s talk about how you can avoid the 3 most common mistakes shed buyers make. 

  1. Underestimating Your Storage Needs

The number one regret people usually have is not buying a big enough shed. It’s easy to underestimate your storage needs. When your portable building arrives, you’ll probably be eager to start storing away various items. In no time, you’ll realize that your shed is full and you’re not even finished uncluttering the garage or basement.

If that’s true, then what problem have you solved? Sure, you’ve made more room in your home, but you’ve only moved the clutter to another location. For this reason, here’s our recommendation:

-Select a shed one size larger than what you think you’ll need. We can almost guarantee you’ll find a way to fill the extra space!

-Before you fill your shed start the decluttering process. Get rid of what you don’t need and organize and label the items you want to keep. 

-Choose Cook’s Rent to Own Shed Program so you can upgrade to a larger shed if you find you need more room after a few months. 


  1. Settling for Less

People often choose to purchase standard, premade sheds from local home improvement stores. They see this as the cheapest and easiest option. By making this choice, they sacrifice the customization aspect and may miss out on owning their ideal shed.

With Cook you’ll find a better investment. With a lifetime warranty, trade-up options and high construction quality, you’ll be able to not only enjoy your shed, but trust your shed to withstand the test of time. 

Cook dealer encourages customization of your shed! After selecting a building style, you’ll be able to make it your own with options like shed size, siding color, and shingle color. You may also choose to add windows, shutters, flower boxes, extra doors, etc. See all of your building options here for each shed style.


  1. Failing to Plan Ahead

The sheds on the lot look great, but how about a few years down the road? Weather, spills, termites…many things can affect the look and stability of your shed. It’s important to consider these factors now and plan ahead to protect your investment! That’s why it’s important to choose a portable building that protects against these types of issues.

Cook Portable Warehouses has spent years perfecting their design, style and the materials used to construct sheds. Cook portable buildings include a variety of features specially designed to enhance and extend the life of your shed. All of our portable sheds come backed with a lifetime warranty.

There’s a reason a customer sent in this picture of his Cook shed of more than 20 years. He told us, “23 years of humid summers and snowy winters in Central Illinois. Still going strong!” See his shed below and read more reasons why people love their Cook shed! 

 Cook Shed Bought in 1994 Sent in by customer


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