Shed installation services
How to get your new garden shed installed by an expert.
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If you're buying a new garden shed and you don't fancy assembling it yourself, you'll need to find a shed installation expert.
This guide will explore what's included in a shed installation, how much it costs, and how to find the right person for the job.
What does a shed installer do?
A shed installation expert can assemble and install a new garden shed for you. While the exact services offered will vary depending on the installer you choose, they may include:
- Pouring a concrete slab (or installing some other shed base)
- Assembling the shed
- Bolting the shed to the base
- Sealing around the inside base of the shed
Some experts may also provide other services such as levelling and preparing the site for a shed or removing your existing shed.
How do I book a shed installation?
You can book a shed installation over the phone or by filling out an online enquiry form. If you're buying a shed from a company that also offers assembly services, you can book installation at the same time as you buy your shed.
How much does a shed installation cost?
The cost of a shed installation varies depending on a range of factors. Some services charge an hourly rate, while others charge a fixed fee for constructing your shed. The size of that fixed fee may also vary based on the size of your shed — the larger your shed, the more you can expect to pay. Basic garden sheds can be assembled for roughly $100-$400, but make sure to compare quotes from a range of installers.
If there's not already a base for the shed in place, you'll also need to take into account the cost of having a concrete slab poured. Check to see whether the installation expert you're using can pour the slab for you or whether this is something you'll need to arrange yourself.
How do I compare shed installation services?
There are several factors to consider when choosing a garden shed installation service. These include:
- Sheds available. If you'll be buying your shed from the same company that will be installing it, you'll want to make sure they stock a shed that meets all your requirements.
- What's included. Next, check out what the price of a shed installation includes. For example, will the installers pour a concrete slab or lay concrete paving slabs for you? Will they take care of all site preparation tasks? Will they then assemble the shed and bolt it to your base?
- Experience. Next, look at how long the shed installation service has been in business. Do they specialise in garden sheds or do they also offer a range of other construction services?
- Reputation and reviews. Check some reviews from other customers to find out what sort of experience they had with a particular installer. It's also a good idea to check whether family and friends can offer any recommendations.
- Cost. Find out how much you'll have to pay to get your garden shed installed. Compare quotes from multiple providers to find the best deal.
How should I prepare for a shed installation?
The most important thing you need to do before booking a shed installation is to check the laws and regulations in your area to find out whether you need council approval. You'll then be able to choose a suitable site and then start shopping around for a shed to fit your requirements — some shed installation companies also offer a free measure and quote to help you choose the right shed for your needs.
You'll also need to check with the shed installer about what you need to do to prepare the site. For example, will you need to flatten out the site or arrange for a concrete slab to be poured? Check with the installer well in advance so you'll be completely prepared for the big day.
How long does a shed installation take?
The time it takes to install a shed (once a slab is in place) varies depending on the shed you buy. Smaller sheds can take anywhere from a few hours to one day, while larger or more complicated sheds will take longer to assemble.
What to consider when booking a shed installation expert
There's a lot to consider when booking a shed installation expert, including when they can start work and how much they cost. You'll also need to think carefully about the placement of your shed to make sure it'll satisfy your storage needs as well as any council regulations.
However, the main factor to consider is what's included in the price quoted by the shed installation expert. That way you'll know whether you're getting good value for money and also have a better idea of what jobs you'll need to do yourself.
Do I need to be home for a shed installation?
This will depend on a range of factors, such as the type of shed to be built, access to the build site and whether or not you have a dog. Contact your shed installation expert to find out whether you need to be at home during the construction process.
Pros and cons of a shed installation service
- Leave the hard work to the experts
- Get the shed assembled exactly as specified
- Ideal if you're not especially handy or you don't have the spare time to build a shed
- It'll add extra cost on top of the purchase price of the shed
If you need help installing a garden shed in your backyard, there's no shortage of shed installation experts who can help. Just make sure to compare the services and cost of a range of providers before choosing the right person for the job.
Frequently asked questions
Can I build my shed myself or should I book an expert?
You're the only person who can answer this question. If you're handy on the tools and don't mind a bit of hard work, it's certainly possible to build a shed yourself. This will help you save money on installation costs, but depending on the shed, you may need an extra pair of hands to help during construction.
If you're not experienced or confident at DIY tasks, the safest option is to book an expert. It'll cost more than doing it yourself, but it'll save time and also ensure that your shed is put together properly.
Do I need council approval?
It depends on where you live. While most average-sized garden sheds won't require council approval, some might. Regulations differ between councils, but a common stipulation is that sheds of less than 10 square metres and less than 2.4 metres in height do not require approval.
However, factors such as the distance of the shed from a boundary fence, the length of the shed sides and whether it will affect the structural integrity of any existing buildings may also need to be taken into account. That's why it's important to check the local council regulations where you live before choosing a shed.
Can I dispose of my old shed?
Yes. Some shed installation companies also offer shed removal services for an additional cost. Alternatively, you could dismantle the existing shed yourself and dispose of any unwanted parts at your nearest waste management centre.
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