11 of the 11 commandments for analysing shed and garage quotes

Posted on : October 13, 2010

Make sure the colours are correct

Get your colours right, you can use www.shedeye.com.au to view photo realistic images of your shed design to make sure you understand what your colours will look like.

This is one of the biggest issues with sheds, colours are often wrong!   Since you will have to live with the colour you select for your shed for a long, long time, it’s vital that you take care in selecting the right colour.

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10 of the 11 commandments for analysing shed and garage quotes

Posted on : October 11, 2010

Make sure the quote has the correct door heights.

Make sure you can get whatever it is you want to store into the shed. It’s too late once it’s built if your boat, tractor or in-laws won’t fit.

Check and double check that the right height doors have been used.  Remember this rule of thumb, with roller door clearance you will loose approximately 425-500 mm of height (due to the mechanics, etc).

So make sure you measure the height of your vehicle or boat to make sure that it will fit in your shed or garage, taking into account the height you’ll lose with roller door clearance.

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9 of the 11 commandments for analysing shed and garage quotes

Posted on : October 4, 2010

Make Sure You Check The Reputation Of The Distributor

Reputation and reliability is vital. Use www.shedeye.com.au to check the reputation of the distributor you are dealing with.

One out of every ten sheds will have damaged or missing parts, you need a distributor that provides great service when things go wrong.  You can check the feedback rating for distributors on www.shedeye.com.au

So if your friends or family have a new shed or garage that you’ve admired, ask them where they got it from.  Even better you can check the reputation of the distributor on www.shedeye.com.au, where you will get a great deal of independent feedback.

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8 of the 11 commandments for analysing shed and garage quotes

Posted on : October 2, 2010

Make Sure The Quote Has A Specification Sheet

Make sure you have a specification sheet at the time you receive your quote.  If you don’t have a specification sheet outlining the materials used, then you will not be able to compare the quotes!

If your quote doesn’t have a specification sheet, then you have no way of knowing what you’re actually buying.  You could end up getting thin steel and cladding, which is exactly what you don’t want!

Many shed distributors don’t provide this information and this means you will pick the wrong shed based on the quote. You will find the details in the contract when you sign, though!

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How thick is your steel – BMT and TCT

Posted on : October 1, 2010

Make Sure You Know What Cladding Is Being Used And The Thickness Of The Steel

Make sure that any quotes you receive either state BMT or TCT so you’ll know exactly how thick the steel is.

Thicker cladding results in a stronger shed as there is more steel will be more expensive.  Ensure that when comparing quotes that the cladding you compare is of equal thickness.

Here’s some jargon to help you better understand your shed quotes.

  • BMT stands for Base Metal Thickness and is how thick the steel is before it is painted.
  • TCT stands for Total Coated Thickness and is how thick the steel is after it is painted.

It’s important to remember that the coating of Colorbond paint on your shed measures 0.05mm in thickness.

The cladding type can also make a big difference to the thickness of the steel

  • Multiclad – 0.35mm BMT.
  • Trimdeck and Corrugated should be 0.42 BMT.

Be aware of being quoted 0.47, as this is the thickness of the steel with paint and is not stronger.  This is a nifty little trick to knock dollars off the shed quote, however you do get an inferior shed that is harder to put together (try putting up a shed without being able to walk on the roof!).

This discrepancy alone can make hundreds of dollars difference in the quote.  So make sure that any quotes you receive either state BMT or TCT so you’ll know exactly how thick the steel is.

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5 of the 11 commandments for analysing shed and garage quotes

Posted on : September 28, 2010

Make Sure That The Quote States If The Shed Is A Fully Bolted Frame Or A Screwed System

Fully bolted frames are stronger than a screwed system.  Make sure the quote specifies if the shed or garage is a fully bolted frame.

Of course, fully bolted frames are stronger; however they are slightly more expensive.  A fully bolted frame has more engineering integrity and can handle more movement.  So choosing what kind of frame you want your shed to have is a very important decision.  You need to ensure that you compare all quotes with a fully bolted frame against each other, and then compare all quotes that feature a screwed system.

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4 of the 11 commandments for analysing shed and garage quotes

Posted on : September 27, 2010

Make Sure That You Compare GST Inclusive Prices

Make sure that all your quotes have GST Inclusive on all the pages, so you really are comparing apples with apples.  Think twice about dealing with the distributor if they don’t follow this basic rule.

Some distributors have quotes that have GST Exclusive on the front page and then GST Inclusive on the next page.  Shedeye believes this is in breach of the trade practices act, and you can report the shed distributor to the authorities.

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3 of the 11 commandments for analysing shed and garage quotes

Posted on : September 24, 2010

Make Sure The Price Includes Delivery To Your Site

Make sure you are paying for delivery to your building site.

You would assume that delivery included would mean delivery to your site, but sometimes this isn’t the case.  Your shed or garage may be delivered to a central depot, which means you have to organise delivery from the depot to your site yourself!  Not only is this inconvenient, it could also add hundreds of dollars to the total cost of your shed or garage.

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2 of the 11 commandments for analysing shed and garage quotes

Posted on : September 21, 2010

Make Sure You Can Compare The Price Components

The key is to compare the three major price components of your shed or garage and determine if you are better off using a distributor that does not do the building themselves or a distributor that does.

The quote for your new shed or garage must separate out the price for the Shed Kit, concreting and erecting of your new shed.  This way you can determine if you are getting the best deal for you Shed or Garage Kit and the shed erecting. 

One thing you need to remember when buying a shed or garage is that some distributors only make a profit when they erect the shed or garage for you and lay the concrete.  They make little or no profit on selling the actual shed to you.

Is this good for you?  It can go either way, it can mean that you get a better deal as the distributor is using the sale of the shed to keep him in work, or if they have a backlog of work they will up the price to increase profit margins.

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1 of the 11 commandments for analysing shed and garage quotes

Posted on : September 20, 2010

Make sure you are getting Australian quality BlueScope Steel.

Don’t believe everything you hear. Just because shed prices from one supplier are cheaper than that from another, doesn’t mean they are using inferior steel. Take a look at the relationships below, you will see that in fact most of these guys are sourcing steel from the same place!

Most of the shed distributors in Australia are sourcing their steel from BlueScope steel.  There are some companies that import steel from China, however be very careful in believing this statement.  Claiming that their competitors use cheap Chinese Steel is a tactic that distributors use to differentiate themselves and claim to have a superior product. This is in fact usually not true and most distributors in Australia source their steel indirectly from BlueScope steel.

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