Shed Delivery and Installation: Preparing for Your New Storage Shed
In Part I of our Storage Shed Buying Guide we went over the process of determining what kind of shed you need. In Part II we covered how to go about shopping for that shed. Now it is time to prepare a pad for your shed and get it delivered to you.
How to Prepare for Your New Storage Shed
You probably already have a good idea of where you want to place your storage shed. Here are a few things to double check before you get heavily involved in clearing and preparing a pad.
1. Check Permit Requirements and Local Regulations
A normal shed company does not take responsibility for getting the proper permits and checking the local regulations for your shed’s location. You are responsible to make this happen. Don’t assume. Just because your best friend’s brother-in-law didn’t need a permit in the neighboring county for his shed doesn’t mean that you don’t need one where you are at.
2. Keep Space for Maintenance and Upkeep
If you set your building up against a fence or in a tight corner, you could make it difficult to keep the weeds down and the area around it tidy. We advise that you keep plenty of space to run your mower around your building. This will make it much easier for your property to stay looking good.
3. Think Deeper Than Surface Level
It would be a bummer to prepare a storage shed pad, have your shed delivered, and just be finishing up with landscaping it, only to discover that you set it right on top of a water line that is leaking or a septic tank that needs cleaned out. We don’t want you to have to move your shed anytime soon. So, be aware of what is below the surface. It is wise to not set your shed over any sort of utility lines.
Preparing a Pad For Your Storage Shed
Once you have location finalized, it is time to get your shed pad ready for the shed delivery. A level building is important for the sake of your storage shed’s durability and your wallet’s investment. A level foundation makes for a level building. Here are 3 common storage shed pad types.
This is the budget route for a shed pad. It involves clearing the area where the shed will be sitting, laying out blocks for the floor runners to set on, and then leveling all the blocks. This is quick, cheap, and relatively easy. We’re willing to place a shed on concrete blocks, but we don’t recommend it. Over time, it is likely that the blocks will shift. If this happens, your shed loses its level status, your doors may not close well anymore, and the frame will take some heavy strain.
This is our recommendation. It takes more energy and investment initially, but will pay off in the long run with a long-lasting shed. A good way to build a gravel pad is to create a level frame with treated landscape timbers and then fill the frame with gravel. Gravel can be easily leveled while also allowing water to drain off. We love to deliver a building to a well-built gravel pad because we know we are placing a shed that will last for a long time.
A concrete pad is another great foundation option for your new building. However, it really doesn’t provide much advantage over a well-built gravel pad and so likely isn’t necessary except in special situations. A concrete pad makes sense if you are wanting a pad that is significantly larger than your shed for either a patio or some other additional use. Concrete will last a long time and should provide a solid foundation for a long-lasting shed.
Preparing A Path for Your Shed Delivery
When you purchase a storage shed, make sure you find out the widest measurement of your building. Not accounting for the extra width of roof overhangs is one of the most common problems in shed delivery. Before your shed comes it is a great idea to get a tape measure and take a walk along your shed delivery path, visualizing the shed moving along the route.
Ask your shed builder how high off the ground your shed’s roof peak will be during delivery. Remember your shed will likely either be on a trailer or hauled by a Shed Mule. This gives it extra height. Make sure that there are no low-hanging tree branches or wires that could get hinder your shed’s delivery path. While your shed delivery guy might be really good at moving storage buildings, chances are he will not be an expert lumberjack or electrician. Make it easy for yourself by looking up before your shed arrives.
Shed delivery doesn’t require a paved driveway; we can usually maneuver over rough ground. However, we won’t be able to deliver your shed through a muddy bog, over large logs, or through a path of old rusty nails. Do yourself and your shed company a service by providing a clean, clear path to your shed pad.
Look All Around
As we mentioned, not allowing enough width through gates, between trees, or between buildings is one of the most common delivery problems. Be sure to measure the width of any potential tight spaces. We recommend an additional 2’ of space beyond the widest point of the shed. If the path is straight, a good driver can squeeze a shed through spaces with less than 2’ of buffer space. But most delivery guys would prefer not to have to do that. Save yourself and them some stress by planning ahead.
Shed Delivery and Placement
Your shed will likely be delivered on a flatbed truck or trailer. When the driver arrives at your location he will likely use one of the following methods to place your shed.
Tilt Bed or Trailer
If your shed pad is very easy to access, your driver may be able to back the shed right up to the pad and unload it with a truck bed or trailer that has a lift.
Many good shed companies will have a handy machine called a “Shed Mule.” This is a machine that was built for shed moving. It can easily maneuver through tight spaces and around sharp corners. A Shed Mule enables a storage shed to be placed in settings where a truck and trailer could never access. It also has wide, flotation style tires, making it less likely to create tire ruts in your yard.
Be sure to do a thorough inspection of your shed before the shed delivery guy leaves. Make sure the building is right where you want it. Check to see if it is setting level. Look inside and outside for any damage from the delivery process. You need to be satisfied with your shed when the delivery man leaves. After they leave, their job is done. That is when the fun can start for you as you begin using your new shed.