Is Building Your Own Shed Worth It?



There’s something about being able to say “I built that” that can bring a lot of pride, especially if it’s something built on your own property. But, for many, that’s either not an option, or they realize the quicker they get their shed, the sooner they’ll be able to expand their creative hobby. Just because something is pre-built doesn’t mean the work is all done. There are still little projects you’ll need to complete to make it your own like landscaping, building a ramp, or building a work bench inside. 

So, should you build or should you purchase a pre-built shed? For most, the answer comes down to cost, but that’s only one consideration. Especially since some sheds come with a rent-to-own option that makes purchasing affordable for most budgets.  So, here are 7 factors to consider before making a decision between buying or building a shed:



Doing anything by scratch can potentially save money. After all, you’re often cutting out the cost of labor and you can better control material cost on your own. You may be surprised, though, how often costs begin to pile up when taking a construction project into your own hands. The pros know!  That’s why many contractors call Cook Portable Warehouses asking us to deliver a shed instead of them building one. Hear from our customers!

Cook Utility Shed in Backyard


Of course when you’re starting any sort of big project, sometimes it’s hard to wrap your head around every individual cost. Material cost is a given, but what about tools? If you haven’t already built your collection, such as a drill, a saw, a level, etc., you may end up spending a pretty penny piecing one together. Keep in mind how many different tools are necessary to make a more efficient and effective overall project.


Quality control is a powerful tool to make sure your shed stands taller for longer. For the layman, building a shed can be difficult and many tasks can’t be done solo. Without the project supervision and warranties that come with specialty construction companies, there is no way of knowing if your personal investment will last. Learn more about the materials we use to build our storage sheds. 

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“Time is money.” Benjamin Franklin was right on that one. The building process could take months. Besides that, creating a plan, a budget and researching how to actually make it work, can add days, weeks or months to your project, depending on your skill and knowledge level. With us, check with your local dealer or build your shed online to get it delivered and installed quickly and efficiently in your backyard. 


Have you ever started a big, new project? Heck, if you’ve gotten this far in the article, you may already be feeling that prick of anxiety deep down in your stomach. Before starting a new construction project, be sure you have the time, energy and mental prep to complete it without a getting too stressed out. A new shed is supposed to provide you with more storage space or a place to call your own for future projects. Don’t get caught with a half-finished shed because your time and stamina ran out.  


Family together

With all the time spent in construction, maintaining relationships – whether it be with family or friends – can be a little more difficult with a big project hanging over your head. Make sure the extra time spent on your new shed doesn’t cut into your already established work-life balance.


Building anything with your hands is rewarding, but it isn’t an endeavor that should be taken lightly. If you do decide to purchase a pre-made shed, Cook Portable Warehouses will provide you with the best value for your money. See how we build all of our sheds here. 

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