Frequently Asked Questions
Delivery & Assembly Questions
- Who will assemble my shed, and how large is your delivery area?
Our prices include delivery and assembly by our own trained & insured
employees. We offer all products and services within our
primary service area. We deliver to some outlying areas, but
not all products and services are offered, and a travel fee will apply.
- What are your site requirements?
Your site needs to be reasonably level and our installers need
approximately two feet of workspace around the perimeter of the shed.
If your site does not meet these requirements, give us a call and we can
discuss possible ways to make your site buildable.
- Can you check my yard before I place my order?
If you have visited one of our showrooms and live in our primary service
area, we can meet with you on site to determine if your site is
buildable, and help you choose the best shed to meet your needs.
- How will you get the shed into my backyard?
We deliver it in pieces (not pre-built panels) and assemble it entirely
on site. All we need is a clear walking path to your spot.
- Will my shed need to be painted?
Yes. For maximum protection we recommend paint rather than stain. If you
don't wish to paint the shed yourself, we offer painting at an extra
charge (sorry, we don't offer painting if you're outside our local
- How long will I wait for my shed?
Our backlog varies from 2 to 6 weeks. Installation for a basic shed
usually takes one day; larger and/or permitted sheds may take several
- What does it mean that your sheds are "Built-To-Order"?
Each shed is built individually for each customer. We are not set
up to offer unlimited customizing but we offer a long list of options
and choices from which you can design your own individual shed.
- How much control do I have over the placement of door, windows,
You can have them placed almost wherever you choose. We'll assist you
with these decisions when you place your order.
- I'm looking for something different. Can you change the design of
You can pick and choose from many features and options, but our basic
design remains the same.
- Can I have a custom size made?
Perhaps. Our largest size is a 12x20, and our only width choices are 4,
6, 8, 10, or 12 feet (the width is the first number of any given size).
However we can make a custom length. For example we can change an 8x10
to an 8x9.
- Can you put 2 sheds together or attach the shed to my house?
No. What you do with your shed after we finish is up to you. We only
build them as individual detached buildings.
- Can I provide my own doors and windows and have you install them for
Perhaps, but providing your own windows & doors usually adds extra costs
for labor and re-engineering. The Shed Shop will not be able to warranty
customer-provided doors or windows.
- Can I get any type of roof shingle that I want for my shed?
We offer standard 20 year composition shingles, and optional 30 year
dimensional shingles in a wide range of colors. If you want tile or wood
shake, you will need to arrange for your own roofing.
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- Will I need to pour a cement slab or make some other type of
It depends. Our sheds include a built-in floor which we elevate on
cement blocks and treated runners. This is sufficient for almost all
shed uses. In some instances, sheds over 120 sq. ft. may need a concrete
foundation in order to obtain a building permit. We can arrange
for a concrete foundation if required or desired.
- Will my shed need to be anchored?
Usually not. Unlike flimsy metal sheds, ours are very heavy and
won't get blown around. For sheds larger than 120 square feet,
your city may require the shed to be anchored to a concrete foundation.
If you want your shed anchored, or if your city requires it, we offer
several anchoring options.
- What about earthquakes?
With a built-in floor on treated runners, our sheds will ride out a
quake with little or no damage. If your shed slips off its blocks during
a quake, we provide re-shimming for a nominal fee (usually less than
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Pricing & Ordering Questions
- Is there sales tax on the total price?
It depends. "Free-standing" sheds are classified as "personal
property" and sales tax must be paid on the total price (similar to tax
on a refrigerator or new car). However, sheds that are "attached" to
"real property" by foundation or other method are taxed on the value of
the materials only.
- How will you determine a quote for a shed over 120 square feet?
Sheds of this size typically require a building permit and the price
depends on many factors. We will be able to calculate a quote
after we visit your site, determine what features/options you want, and
determine what will be required by your city/county.
- Will I be subjected to a high-pressure sales pitch when I visit one
of your showrooms?
No. Because each shed is built-to-order, we've learned it's better to
take our time and do it right the first time. Our staff is trained to be
helpful and service oriented.
- Do you require a deposit when I place my order?
Yes. Your deposit enables us to reserve an installation date, purchase
building materials, and pre-cut the lumber for your shed. The final
payment is due on the day of installation.
- Will I lose my deposit if I need to cancel my order?
Only if you cancel at the last minute. We will promptly refund
your entire deposit if you can give us at least 3 business days notice
prior to your installation date. (note: for sheds with permits, you
will forfeit a portion of your deposit if non-refundable fees have
already been paid to the city.
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Permit & Zoning Questions
- Are you a licensed contractor?
Yes. We're a "General Building Contractor"; license number 819384. We
have all the required workers compensation and liability insurance and
we're happy to provide proof if requested.
- What kind of zoning rules apply to sheds?
City/county zoning regulations specify height & size rules, and distances to property lines, easements, & other structures. These rules apply to all sheds regardless of size. For most sheds less than 120 sq. ft., you just need to follow these rules, but no application or permission is required. Although we will help you understand your city codes and help you meet them, you as the property owner are responsible to know what they are and to follow them.
- When does a shed require a building permit?
There are exceptions, but most cities/counties require a building permit
for any shed larger than 120 square feet, and any building with
- What is involved in the permit process?
- Knowing and understanding building & zoning codes.
- Creating and submitting acceptable shed drawings and site plan.
- Submitting the proper application to the city/county.
- Responding to modifications that may be requested or required.
- Picking up the permit once it's approved.
- Scheduling inspections.
- Meeting inspectors on site as required.
- Can The Shed Shop deal with the city and get the permit for me?
Yes! We include labor & management costs for obtaining a permit,
including costs for drawings, with every quote for sheds requiring a
permit. This saves you the headache of dealing with the city, plus we
know how to correctly present the project so that it has the best chance
of being approved with the least amount of cost.
- Can I save money by getting the permit myself?
No. We will still be managing the project; interacting with the
building department regarding questions or modifications; scheduling
inspections; meeting inspector on site, etc. We recommend letting
us handle the entire process for you.
- What about City/County permit fees?
Because we don't know the exact amount of the fees in advance, they are
not included in our initial quotes. Once known they will be added
to the cost of the project, but with no added mark-up.
- Can I use my permitted shed as a bedroom or in-law quarters?
Usually not. Our sheds are classified as "accessory buildings" and are
not designed or sold as for human habitation.
- Will a permitted shed affect my home's value for property taxes?
When a permit for improvements is taken out on your home, your home's
assessed value may increase by an amount no greater than the cost of the
project. For more information, contact your local proper tax assessor's
- Do I need to worry about my Homeowners Association rules?
If you have a homeowners association, we encourage you to find out what
their shed rules are before making any shed decisions.
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If we've missed your question, please contact us at our Fremont Showroom