Choosing an outdoor storage building isnít as straightforward as you might think. You need to weigh carefully the list of available options open to you before you sign the contract.

Donít be overwhelmed by your wealth of choices. Take a deep breath, narrow down your list to include only those products and suppliers that offer all the characteristics you require and then make a well-considered decision. Price and appearance arenít necessarily the best criteria on which to base your decision.

There are three core qualities an outdoor storage building should have if youíre going to get your moneyís worth.

Construction

Price is important. Durability often goes hand in hand with a slightly higher tag, so look for a unit featuring quality material and construction for the best results over time.

Unlike residential and commercial construction, thereís no standardized building code for outside storage buildings. Most companies take pride in their offerings and produce quality products with good craftsmanship and made from solid materials.

The best storage buildings share many of the construction details and features of a well-built home. The walls are sturdy and the decking and roof trusses are solid. Combine these components with a weather-tight roof and you have a storage building that will last for many years without leaking and ruining your possession.

Flooring should be constructed of solid joists and decking thick enough to prevent sagging. The flooring is going to need to withstand the weight of a lawnmower, a garden tiller and similar heavyweight lawn and garden equipment. Insist on an outdoor storage building that meets or exceeds your expectations for the best results. Pay a little more and get a better floor.

Design

Sturdy construction is only part of the story. The overall design of the storage unit will affect affordability but buy the best-designed building that fits into your budget. Floors, walls and roofing need to be sturdy, but all that durability is wasted if you canít put your unit together easily. For the same reason, choose a design that provides plenty of room for installing shelving while still leaving enough floor space for parking your tractor and storing your tiller.

People use storage buildings for a variety of reasons. Yours needs to fit your individual requirements. Maybe you need more windows, a skylight or indoor electrical lighting. Perhaps you are going to need a wider door or one that opens in a specific direction to accommodate the tools and equipment youíre going to store inside. One shelf might be enough, or you may need more to hold all your power tools. Spaces for installing hooks might make storing long-handled tools more efficient.

Spending a lot of money on a mini-Taj Mahal probably isnít a smart move. On the other hand, an attractive storage building should complement the exterior of your home. You can choose from a wide array of siding, trim and roof shingles without overshooting your budget.

You might not have much interest in the appearance of the storage building. You just want it to do the job, hold your possessions and kept out the wind and rain. However, an attractive exterior doesnít add much to the price tag and adds to the appeal of your house and property.

The supplier

Choose your supplier with care. Remember, itís your money and you want to get the best value and quality.

If youíre all thumbs with hand tools, you might do well dealing with a company that offers building assembly on your property. Misinterpreted blueprints and unintentional gouges from a screwdriver detract from the appearance of even backyard construction. Let a professional handle the assembly while you admire the view from your kitchen window.

Payment plans can be an invaluable option when you need the extra space a storage building offers but you are short on cash. By having the building in your possession, you save the monthly rental expense of a commercial storage facility. Thatís money that stays in your pocket rather than enriching someone else.

Weighing the variables of construction, design and a quality supplier against all the other factors in choosing an outdoor storage building makes good sense. This is the best way to get your moneyís worth while gaining functional storage space that will last for years.

Source: Greenshoot Media