Used Sheds: The Complete Guide
I’m sure you’ve heard of buying used cars before, but what about used sheds? Is it even a good idea? In this article, we give you all the information you need to find out if a used shed is right for you!
What is a used shed?
A used shed is a shed (a simple roofed structure, used for storage, shelter, or as a workshop) that was already purchased and used by someone. A lot of used sheds on the market are repo sheds.
What is shed repossession?
Shed repossession is when a shed is repossessed for incomplete payments, usually on a rent-to-own deal. Some shed manufacturers offer rent-to-own deals to people who cannot afford to buy a shed outright. This allows the buyer to make monthly payments on the shed to end up owning it after the payments are complete. However, if the customer returns the shed for whatever reason, the company will come and repossess the shed, right back to their sales lot. These sheds are also known as repo sheds.
Reasons to Buy a Used Shed
A used shed can be a great addition to your property. One reason for this is that used sheds are usually cheaper than their brand-new counterparts and, in some cases, can be cheaper than a shed kit, which is basically a bundle of all the materials needed to construct a shed. If you want to get the best bang for your buck, be sure to check out our article on outdoor shed costs!
Used sheds have many uses, you can use a used shed to keep your tools and equipment protected from the weather and wildlife you may find outside, you can also use it as an extra workspace if you need some peace and quiet out of the house to get some work done or if you just need a place that you won’t have a problem getting dirty every once in a while from a project you may be working on. You can even use a used shed to keep animals if it is large enough.
Used sheds take virtually no time to be set up. This is because they are already prebuilt and just need to be transported to the destination property and de-loaded from the truck onto their new home.
When you buy a brand-new shed or even a shed kit, you never really know what you’re getting until it’s already bought, built, and sitting on your property. However, with a used shed, you can go and have a look at the finished building on the seller’s lot. That way, you can make sure it fulfills all your expectations.
Reasons Not to Buy a Used Shed
When you buy something brand-new you have the luxury of being the first person to own it, this means it has no wear and tear, and you know the product is clean. Unfortunately, when you buy anything used, you don’t have these luxuries. You don’t always know if the previous owner cared for the shed or if he kept it clean.
Lack of Warranty
Most sheds, when purchased brand-new come with a warranty of some sort. Here at Esh’s, we offer a 6-year warranty from the date of manufacturing on our sheds. Typically, these warranties only apply to the initial owner, so reselling the shed will void the warranty and in turn, leave the new owner with no warranty. So, if something were to happen to the shed, the cost for repair would come out of the new owner’s pocket.
When you buy a brand-new shed, you don’t really have to worry about transportation as, most of the time, it is built on-site. However, if you purchase a used shed, you will have to pay out of pocket for transportation of the shed. These costs can range from a few hundred dollars all the way up to $1000 or even more. Besides the cost, another possible issue is that your used shed can accumulate some damage during the trip, from loose shingles to bumpy roads, transporting a used shed can be a nerve-racking process.
Lack of Customization
Brand-new sheds can be customized to your liking, from the material used to the color of the walls, there are plenty of options to choose from, as the shed still must be built. Unfortunately, used sheds don’t give you this option because it was already built, the most you can do is repaint them or change the doors and windows.
Where to buy used sheds?
You can buy used sheds in many places, these can include, buying them from someone in person, people can have a shed that they don’t use anymore that’s just sitting and collecting dust. Another place you can buy a used shed is online, here at Esh’s Utility Buildings, we have used sheds for sale as well as brand new ones. You can also find used sheds on other e-commerce sites like Craigslist and E-bay, however, they will charge you extra for transportation.
Can you sell a used shed?
Yes, you can sell a used shed in many places. A lot of shed companies will pay you a sum of money for your used shed. Another option is to list your used shed on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, E-bay, or any other e-commerce website.
Who buys used sheds?
Many different people are in the market for used sheds. Some shed companies will buy your used shed from you to either recycle its materials or resell it themselves. Also, people who don’t want to pay full price for a brand-new shed can also be potential customers of a used shed.
Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of used sheds:
Pros of used sheds:
- Quick and easy to set up
- Cheaper than buying brand-new
- You can inspect the shed in person
Cons of used sheds:
- Used condition
- Lack of warranty
- Transportation costs
- Lack of customizability
So, now you know everything you need to know about used sheds. From the advantages of cheap pricing and simple setup to the drawbacks of cosmetic damage and transportation costs. We hope this article helped you to get a better understanding of used sheds and if they are right for you.
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