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Pre-Owned Sheds: Bargain or Bad Idea?

There’s nothing wrong with getting the storage you need at an affordable price — just make sure you go about it in the right way. If you’ve been price shopping, you know there are multiple avenues to get a budget-friendly shed. While buying an ultra-cheap hardware store shed is definitely a risky purchase, putting money into a pre-owned shed also comes with some serious potential downsides. Keep reading to see us explore the risks that come with used sheds — and check out our line of budget sheds that may work for you.

At Glick Woodworks, we’re an Amish shed builder that crafts everything from affordable sheds to high-end luxury models. Since we’ve spent decades building and replacing sheds, we can share our opinion about the vast majority of pre-owned sheds and what often goes wrong when people buy one!

Common Problems with Used Sheds for Sale

There’s no doubt that the feeling of finding a great deal can’t be beat. But there’s nothing worse than thinking you got a deal — only to discover you got nothing. These are the biggest pitfalls you need to keep in mind when hunting for used sheds for sale:

  1. Quality Concerns — Unfortunately, the vast majority of sheds aren’t built to last longer than a few years out in the beating sun and pouring rain. Oftentimes the roofs and windows on cheaper sheds will leak water — while the wooden frames will grow rot and mold. When you buy a pre-owned shed, you need to be concerned that you got a storage structure that simply can’t be counted on to provide watertight storage. If that’s the case, you’ll need to buy a new shed sooner than later AND figure out how to dispose of the used one.
  2. Limited Remaining Lifespan — Even the very best sheds can’t last forever (but our Amish-built sheds impressively last between 20 and 30 years!). So, you need to be concerned about how old the shed is and how long it has left. After all, if a shed is going to provide years upon years of storage, why is it for sale? You don’t want to end up spending a significant amount of money for a building that’s seen far better days. And you don’t want to put a few hundred to a thousand dollars into a shed that only has 5 good years left.

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  3. Puts Your Stuff at Risk — If you have expensive lawn equipment or want to store boxes of valuables, taking a chance on a used shed for sale can be a big risk. All it can take is one windstorm or deluge of rain, and that secondhand shed can be done for. Depending on what you’re keeping in there, that might be doubly disastrous.
  4. Looks Rough — A nice shed can bring an attractive look to your backyard and even enhance your outdoor aesthetic. A rough shed that’s faded and falling apart detracts from it. So even if a pre-owned shed is rock solid as far as practical storage is concerned, it can still be an eyesore.

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  5. Logistical Problem — Big hypothetical scenario: let’s say you find the perfect used storage shed for sale. How do you plan to transport and install it? You probably don’t have the mule-style forklift and specialty trailer needed to safely move a storage shed — so you’ll probably need to hire a team with the right equipment. This added expense can make buying and moving a used shed just as expensive as buying a brand new shed.

    However, if you do need to move a shed, the Glick Woodworks professional shed movers are here to help!

Shop New Budget-Friendly Options Here

When you’re hunting for used sheds for sale, you’re looking to find a diamond in the rough. However, if you’d like to just shop diamonds, you’re in the right place. While we don’t sell pre-owned sheds, we do build a wide variety of affordable sheds. Some of our most budget-friendly sheds cost under $3,000 yet deliver unbeatable style, durability and protection from the elements!

Reach out to our team to discuss budget-friendly sheds and shed moving!

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These guys are so easy to work with. Great prices also. They did an awesome job delivering my shed . Thank you !
Skeptic
Skeptic
02:19 05 Jun 24
Glick woodworks did two customized projects in the last three years. Our beautiful 14x22 shed and our 13x13 potting shed. GORGEOUS!!! Glicks are service driven and know how to build that is tough and built to last, sturdy and structurally sound in their trade. Communication with us is enjoyable. They have storage and potting sheds ready to deliver on their lot in Mt Joy, Pa but also shine in customization. Love, love,love.......their whole business plan is impeccable, right up to the delivery day and beyond.Collaborating on future project. Thank you very much !
tracy taverner
tracy taverner
16:25 18 Apr 24
The guys there are very knowledgeable and they work around your budget. Would highly recommend them if you’re looking to get a shed or a garage. Nice guys to work with.
jenn garcia
jenn garcia
14:24 16 Mar 24
BEST IN THE BUSINESS!UPDATE 2/8/24 they are still the best in the business. Wanted to also provide a finished picture of Glick woodwork building.Custom design, build, delivery, and turn-key installation of our 30x50 4 car garage and attached breezeway in NJ.Daniel and his TEAM are absolutely the BEST in the business…hands down!Can’t wait for the next project for them
Allan Witten
Allan Witten
19:53 08 Feb 24
Having had 12x20 garage/shed by Glick Woodworks for seven months now and can tell that this is very solid and well built product. Equally important, it was a very easy and professional process to discuss design, get drawings, and finalize order. All my questions were answered, all emails and calls promptly responded to. The installation was right on time, fast, and just a pleasure to watch. Overall, I don't think I'll need another shed anytime soon, but if I do - I know where to go!
Arkady Sherman
Arkady Sherman
19:33 09 Dec 23
I needed to move a shed to a different property. Dave was quick to respond, scheduling was easy, especially important because I had a narrow timeframe to work with, and the move was smooth, uneventful, and with perfect placement. The person who did the move itself was informative, skilled, and pleasant. I highly recommend and will most definitely use again.
Jon Cabiria
Jon Cabiria
01:53 07 Dec 23