Is It More Cost-Effective To Build Or Buy A New Shed?

It’s not a mystery that the more stuff you accumulate, the more storage space you’ll need. You’ve run out of garage space, and you don’t want to get into a storage unit, so you decide to invest in a shed. The question is, is it cheaper to buy a new shed or build one yourself?

The first thing you’ll want to think about is whether you have enough building experience. Are you capable of designing the building from the walls to the roof? Do you know how to put in doors and windows? Can you frame effectively enough that the shed will last for years to come without caving in or tipping? If not, it would be a better idea to leave the construction up to professionals. This way, the building will last for as long as you need it to, and longer.

How much will it cost?

The next bit of research you’ll need to do is investigate how much you’ll have to spend compared to your budget. The local hardware store will charge you more per item than shed-building companies pay, and that is because the company would buy in bulk directly from the supplier. Aside from the rising lumber prices, there’s also the price of tools you may not already have but need for the job. That also circles back to the issue of carpentry experience. You will probably already have the tools required to construct a shed if you build things.

And then there is the ageless idiom, “time is money.” Building your own shed is time-consuming, and it can be frustrating to dedicate three days to your building. Even if you have to wait a few weeks to receive the pre-built shed, in the end, it will save the annoyance that could come with working around a too-busy agenda.

A warranty adds peace of mind.

Finally, the last issue you may encounter is that of warranty. If you build the shed yourself, you will have no warranty to cover problems, whereas the warranty is included if you buy a building.

Customizing is still an option.

You may think the only way to get the shed exactly how you want it is to build it yourself, but that isn’t necessarily true! Montana Shed Center offers countless custom options. We also have well-trained sales reps well-versed in our products, and they will help you design the building perfect for meeting your needs. Our sheds are built to the highest standards by our professional carpenters, and they are guaranteed to last for years and backed by a ten-year limited warranty.


In conclusion, it can be more cost-effective to buy a pre-built shed than to build one for yourself. That is especially clear after taking in the cost of goods, and the time you would need to set aside for building and design.

If you decide to work with Montana Shed Center to buy a shed, you won’t be disappointed.

Our goal is to give you a hassle-free, informed, and enjoyable experience in purchasing the perfect shed. Give us a call and get your storage needs taken care of!

Not: If you’re prepared to buy storage sheds or garages, our article on Shed Permits in Montana could serve as a valuable resource.