The day that your new shed arrives should be a happy day for you, even as the kids moan and groan because it means they will be spending the day helping you move and organize the new storage space. That day can become a nightmare if your home is not prepared to accept the delivery and you have to scramble to find a suitable place to put the shed. The worst case situation is that you cannot find a place for the shed before the driver has to leave and you are stuck trying to move the shed into position on your own. This is an almost impossible task, as sheds are very heavy and not easy to move once they have been placed on the ground. To ease the burden of having your shed delivered, take some simple steps before the shed arrives and make your life and the life of the driver that much better.
Measure the space
The very first thing that you need to do, and something that should have been done before the shed was ordered, is measure the space where you are going to put the shed. At a bare minimum it should be as large as the shed, but optimally, the space should have clearance around all four sides so that you can maneuver and get things in and out of the shed without having to work too hard at it. If you find that the space where you want to put the shed is too small, you must immediately start working on clearing enough room so that the shed can be put into the right spot. Delivery drivers are told to put the shed in the exact place that the customer asks, so they will be able to put the shed into a tight spot if that is what is needed.
Clear the ground
Once you know where the shed is going to go, you want to make sure that the ground underneath the shed is free of debris and toys of any kind. The shed is heavy and once it is put in place it is very hard to move, so make sure that nothing of importance will be covered by the shed. It is usually a good idea to mow or weed eat the place where the shed is going to go so that the ground is as even as possible and the shed will sit the way that it was intended to sit. If it is not possible to cut the grass underneath the shed, stomp around where you want the shed to go so the grass will lay as flat as possible.
Clear a path
You also need to be sure that there is a clear path between where the shed enters the yard and where the shed will be placed. Toys and debris will get run over and can possibly damage the shed if it is being pulled on a pallet. You want to have a smooth path so that the driver can get in and out of the yard as quickly as possible and the reduce the chance that the yard will be damaged by the delivery driver. Most drivers will use a Mule, a type of small ATV with a bed, or some other kind of small vehicle to get the shed in the yard, so the path does not have to be very large.
Getting a new shed delivered is fun and exciting, if you have done the prep work to make the delivery easy. If you have not prepared the yard, shed deliveries are very stressful and frustrating. Follow these three simple steps and you will soon be able to use the shed that you have been waiting for.
I am Hector Gonzalez, a delivery driver who has delivered countless sheds in RI. Getting the yard prepped for the delivery is the most important thing that a homeowner can do, and it makes the job of the driver so much better. I wrote this as a quick reminder guide to help homeowners think about the yard before the shed arrives. For some examples of sheds that are easy to set up and use, go to http://www.postwoodworking.com.