The cost of our sheds Vs DIY stores
It has always amazed me when people come into our show room and state quite openly, sometimes are very blunt and rude in doing so that we are more expensive than a large DIY store/discount warehouse very close to us;
I always tell them they are welcome to look around and always point out that our sheds are made to the highest quality using high quality T&G Redwood, are very sturdy and encourage them to go back and actually look what garbage is being offered, osb floor and roofs, overlap boarding, very thin roof felt and no braces in the door. Not only are you receiving a poor quality product, you also have to assemble it yourself and I have heard many stories where people who assemble their cheap mass produced shed that the panels do not fit together correctly.
Here is an example of a cheap DIY store shed that I recently observed being completely destroyed by recent winds:
After about 40 minutes of bad winds the shed had collapsed completely.
Usually when VAT is applied to the discount store/DIY store displayed price there, can be as little as £100 difference between us and the competition;
So to recap for that £100 you could have your shed delivered and installed professionally, manufactured to your design placing windows and doors in the best location to suit your garden. We use only quality materials T&G floors and roof and wall panels, no osb in the constriction (that will disintegrate as soon as the moisture in the air is high) and a sturdy construction that uses heavy duty framing that will stand up to the most extreme weather conditions, also a choice of colours are available;
However some people ignore our advice and purchase there DIY shed and the following winter I have had the same customer come back on more than one occasion to tell me I was correct and that the shed is not repairable, that their Christmas presents/tools etc have been water damaged as feather edge boards are hanging off the walls, that the roof is leaking and they would like to order a shed;
So let’s take a look at the figures (figures used are aprox and to give you an idea).
DIY SHED ADVERTISED AT £250 (when product is ordered vat is added £300)
OUR SHED £400 ALL IN, INCLUDING INSTALLATION.
Purchasing new boards that have split and fell off after a short time £10 - £15
Time away from family wasted, running around for missing parts/damaged parts and struggling to put together as panels are badly made. PRICELESS!
Damaged items in shed when it starts leaking after3-4 months ?
Removal and disposal of shed after 1-2 years as it is un repairable £80-£100
Cost of new better quality shed £400
Our high Quality shed
£400 delivered and installed,
Treatment once a year with an oil or spirit based preserver £15.00 per year
Assuming proper care of our sheds they can last between 15-20 years (as customers whom have purchased from us 15-20 years ago have informed us quite regularly as they are just ready for a new shed)
COST OF DiY SHEDS AND OUR SHEDS OVER A 2 YEAR PERIOD
ACTUAL COST OF DIY SHED £815 and hours of lost time
ACTUAL COST OF OUR SHED £415
Now tell me we are expensive?