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  • Writer's pictureMichael Hebiton

WHAT TO ASK BEFORE BUYING A SHED

Investing in a new shed is a decision that needs thorough planning and consideration. With the right information you can design and buy a shed that suits your needs well into the future.


Overlooking fine details could inconvenience you with an expensive shed that doesn’t suit your requirements.


If you’re deciding on your next shed, ask yourself these four very important questions.


·Does The Steel Meet Australian Standards?

Most people struggle with trying to buy local and supporting small business. Meaning many people are simply weighing up the cost. The quality of the shed needs to be considered.

Imported products may be cheaper and seem great financially, but it’s worth noting that no company can provide the exact same product or service at a lower cost without compromising on quality.


Look for shed structures that are fabricated from high grade Australian steel. Anything less will cost you more in the long term.


Can It Withstand Australia's Harsh Conditions?

From intense heat to heavy rain, the Australian climate can be brutal and erratic. You must be sure that your shed is going to withstand the extremes in weather and the demands of time.


Work with your shed builder to prepare shed plans based on your specific needs. These drawings should be reviewed, checked and approved, making sure that your shed meets your requirements and is suitable for your area.


What Type Of Engineering Should I Choose?

When it comes to sheds, there are two types of engineering. Pre-engineered sheds and site-specific engineered sheds.


A pre-engineered shed is designed using generic information and building codes. It doesn’t consider site specific factors that could influence the design and performance of your shed, including site location, wind loading and terrain.

Site specific engineering means your shed is designed by a certified engineer who designs your shed to meet the specific requirements of your property, climate and business.


Is A Building Permit Required?

There are many local councils in Western Australia where a building permit is not required for a Class 10a building or incidental structure. Class 10a buildings are defined as non-habitable buildings, usually being a private garage, shed or similar structure, associated with a house.


Many other sheds, for example, farm sheds, depending on the use, are a Class 7 or 8 building. These sheds, including machinery storage sheds associated with the operation of a farm business or enterprise, will require a building permit. In some instances, a farm shed may also be classed as a Class 10a building. It pays to contact your local council for more information.


If you do need local council permits and approvals, look for a shed builder that can manage this process for you. Some shed builders can contact your local council and submit all necessary documents and building license applications required to get construction underway.


For other areas in Australia, you’re best checking with your local council to clarify any applicable permit requirements for your project. Never start construction without seeking clarification from your local council. Building without the appropriate permits can result in large fines.


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