If you’re in the beginning phases of buying a shed online, you probably have a few questions. What’s the best way to buy a shed online to match your budget? What questions should you be asking about the manufacturer? Do the colour options really matter? How about warranties for garden sheds online? And when you’re ready to buy, what are your payment options?
No worries, future shed owners - it’s all here! In this short guide, we’re going to cover everything you need to know to buy a shed online.
First, what goes into the price of a shed online?
The first, most important consideration that will go into your shed’s price is the size. Once you figure out more or less the size that you want for your shed, then you can play around with the customisable things, like roof pitch and door design, that will tick the price in one or another direction.
If you’re looking for a standard garden shed that will fit all of your garden supplies and even a little bit more, you would probably be comfortable with a shed that is around 9 to 10 square metres. Maybe it’s 3m X 3m, 3.75m X 2.25m, or even as large as 4.5m X 2.25m.
With EasyShed, these standard size garden sheds online may range in price from about $500 to $1,100.
Larger sheds, ideal for workspaces, car garages, or storage for larger garden machinery, can cost anywhere from about $1,400 to $4,000 and can be as large as 7.5m X 3.75m in floor space.
On the smaller end of the range, you can find Off the Wall sheds, bicycle storage sheds and other compact sheds for as low as $150 to around $400. The square metres on these sheds are around 1.17 square metres.
So what are the other factors that go into the price ranges for these different sized sheds? Let’s talk about some of the other decisions that you’ll make when you buy your shed online.
Height of the roof
With EasyShed, you have the option of two different height options for your shed: standard and tall. The extra height can be perfect if you’re going to use your shed for recreation or as a workspace, as it can facilitate air ventilation. And, the added headroom is always appreciated. The bit of extra height is a popular add-on that can cost between $38 and $600 depending on the size of the shed.
There are three main roof styles that you can choose for your shed: flat, skillion and gable. And there are some practical and aesthetic advantages for each.
A flat roof is a great option for compact spaces or if you want to fit your garden shed under branches or other obstacles. It can also be reinforced to hold a roof garden.
A skillion roof is perfect for a modern aesthetic and may be better suited for areas with heavy rainfall. These sheds can also be constructed right up against the wall of your house for a seamless look.
The gable roof is our most popular option for garden sheds online, because it’s sturdy and gives you that nice backyard cottage shed look.
You can learn more about the different options in our recent article about the best roof style for your shed.
Colour vs Zinc
At EasyShed, we want to give our customers as many options as possible, which is why we offer both zinc sheds and colour sheds.
If you’re looking for an affordable shed that will be used in an industrial setting or if you’re going to be painting a mural on your shed, a basic zinc shed is going to be perfect for you.
Or, you can spend a bit more money for a colour shed. This is a great option if you want your shed to blend into your backyard. EasyShed offers 25 different colour options so that you can find the perfect match for your backyard aesthetic. You can find every neutral colour you like, from Gull Grey to Mountain Blue to Merino or Sandalwood.
In general, the price between zinc and bespoke sheds is pretty minimal. But it will move your price point a bit.
Shed add-ons and accessories
For many EasyShed models, your shed will consist of your roof, four panel walls, and a hinging door. A few simple upgrades to this design include adding a skylight, window unit, or sliding door.
These add-ons, which you can find on our accessories page, are cheap and effective ways to bring a little extra light and air into your shed. Plus, the sliding door is a great space- and time-saver.
One thing to remember is that once you purchase and assemble your shed, it can be very difficult to alter it by adding in a window or replacing a door. These are decisions that you’ll want to buy as you’re ordering your shed online.
Let’s talk more about colour options
Let’s say that you do want to purchase a shed that has colour instead of zinc. Now, you have the task of choosing one of the twenty five colour options.
It may seem like a small part of your decision making process, but colour options are one of the things that many shed buyers get stuck on. Do you want a colour that will highlight your garden? One that will make your shed blend in completely? A colour to add a bit of character to your backyard?
The right colour can even have an effect on the temperature of your shed. If you live in a hot climate, we recommend lighter colours that will reflect heat and protect the contents of your shed from high temperatures.
For colder climates, on the other hand, you might opt for colours with more Solar Absorptance to keep the inside of your shed warm and cozy.
You can learn all about the practical implications of shed colour and other design tips by reading our article on choosing the right colour for your garden shed.
What kind of information should you know about your shed seller?
As you look at the different DIY shed kits online, it can be tricky to know which online shed seller is best. You want high quality, durable sheds, but how do you know which company will give you everything you want in a shed?
Here are a few signs to know if a shed seller is the real deal:
They use materials tested for strength and durability
You don’t want to have a shed kit delivered only to find that it collapses at the first sign of rain. So, when you’re browsing a manufacturer’s website, they should be able to tell you exactly what kind of materials they use and why they are the best quality you can get.
With the variable weather we get here in Australia, it’s crucial that materials have been tested in our different regions.
They provide you with plenty of information about putting your shed together
When you buy a shed online, the last thing you want is for it to be dropped off like a really complicated piece of IKEA furniture with little instruction. Instead, there should be simple, clear instructions on the manufacturer’s website.
Videos, PDFs, step-by-step guides- it should all be there so that you can know what you’re getting into before you buy your shed online.
They have a realistic and reliable shipping times
What is the shipping policy of the shed seller you’re looking at? How much do they charge for shipping? Is there an option to pick up your shed from a depot? How long can you expect the delivery time to be?
You definitely want all of this information to be easily accessed on a shed seller’s website. Otherwise, you can’t be sure of important details like shipping rates and delivery windows.
Check the return policy
We get it. You’re excited to buy a shed online! You don’t expect that it might not be perfect when it gets to you. But sometimes the size is just not quite right in your backyard space or you decided that you wanted a different colour or that skillion roof is just not what you expected.
Take a look at the shed seller’s return policy before you buy so that you’re not stuck with a shed that you hate.
Their warranty information is easy-to-find and easy-to-understand
A warranty is an important piece of information that will tell you about your shed’s expected longevity and durability. If a seller isn’t forthcoming about the warranty before you buy your shed, it could be a bad sign.
Always make sure that you read a warranty before you purchase a shed and make sure that it includes things like rust and weather damage.
Does EasyShed make the cut?
If you take a quick scan through our website, you’ll see that everything you need to know about your future shed is right there for you. You can find information about:
- Our materials, which are manufactured and dispatched from Albury NSW and made of durable steel, ScrewSAFE technology, and EdgeSAFE rolled safety edges. Our sheds are built to last, even in Australia’s varying weather conditions
- DIY guides and instructional videos
- Shipping information about shipping options, a list of free shipping postal codes, and depot collections, and estimated timeframes
- Return and refund policy
- Lifetime warranty. We said our sheds are built to last, right?
These standards are a great way to make sure that when you buy a shed online, you’ve got all of your bases covered. With all of the information about materials, assembly, returns, shipping and warranties, you can have complete peace of mind when you click that final order button.
Before your brand new shed can make it to your backyard, you have to actually pay for it! What is the payment process like when you buy a shed online?
Most shed sellers will accept major credit cards. That’s pretty run of the mill. You simply put your card information into the website, check your email for a confirmation, and the shed supplier starts putting together your DIY shed kit.
Another option, offered by EasyShed, is zipPay. This is an easy payment method that allows you to pay your shed on your terms without interest.
A Checklist to buy a shed online
Buying a shed can be an exciting process! But there’s a lot to keep track of. Here’s the whole step-by-step process of buying a shed online:
Step One: Figure out the price, keeping in mind important considerations like
- Roof height
- Roof pitch
- Colour vs zinc
- Shed add-ons and accessories
Step Two: Decide on your colour options
Step Three: Make sure your shed seller can provide you with the following information:
- What kind of materials are used in your shed and how will they withstand weather conditions?
- What does the DIY assembly process entail? Are there enough resources online to make it clear and simple?
- How does shipping work and when can you expect to have your shed delivered?
- What can you do if you don’t like your shed or it came with missing parts?
- What is covered in the warranty and how long does it last?
Step Four: Payment and confirmation
Step Five: Allow us to welcome you into the proud community of shed owners!
Questions and Follow-through
You might be buying your shed online, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not entitled to a real human who can answer your questions! You want to make sure that if you have any doubts or specific questions, there will be someone on the line to help you out.
EasyShed is available for you by phone during our operating hours of Monday through Friday 8am to 7pm AEST. You can give us a ring at the number below:
Or, if you prefer email, we’re happy to answer any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
We love chatting with future shed owners about finding the best garden sheds online for their backyard. We’ll walk you through the process of how to buy a shed online, and we’re here for any questions you have after you hit that order button!