Prepare for Your Delivery
You found the building that’s right for you and now it’s time to prepare for delivery. Our goal is simple: Create a smooth delivery process so you can begin enjoying your building right away.
BackYard Storage offers free standard delivery on most buildings up to 50 miles (some buildings incur additional fees depending on distance from sales lot). Leveling up to 8” is available and free of charge for buildings up to 16’ with concrete blocks supplied by the customer. All deliveries, including leveling should take no longer than 45 minutes.
Here are the basics to keep in mind as you prepare for your building to arrive.
- Check if permits are required – know your local government’s “setback” requirements and any HOA regulations.
- Choose your shed site – ensure the ground is flat and level, or install a foundation prior to delivery if more than 8” of leveling is required. The delivery driver will level up to 8” for free with concrete blocks you supply. If leveling is required over 8“, you must discuss conditions and potential charges with BackYard Storage and delivery personnel prior to delivery.
- Clear the path to your shed site – the driver will need ample space to deliver your building.
- Standard width clearance: 12’ to 14’
- Standard height clearance: 13’6”
- Underground clearance from septic tanks, ditches, pipes, electric dog fences or other electrical lines.
- Remove fence sections to ensure 12’ to 14’ width clearance.
- Ensure gates are at least one foot wider than the building.
- If needed, talk with your neighbors and get their permission to access their property in order to receive delivery of your building.
Check If Permits Are Required
Prior to purchasing any shed, we recommend that you check with your local government's building code enforcement office. Building-code officials, in addition to supplying the permit (for a fee that varies with the municipality), will also advise on "setback" requirements, which will determine where the shed can be placed in relation to front, side and rear property lines. Additionally, there may be any number of restrictions or requirements a property owner must meet depending on location, how your property is classified (i.e. residential, farm, etc.) and whether a shed is designated as a "permanent" or "temporary" structure based on the size of the building or how it is constructed. Residents of subdivisions also should check any subdivision regulations concerning detached buildings.
Choose Your Shed Site
Flat vs level comparison
Flat sites with a dry, level area are ideal. Your site should be free of stumps, rocks and other obstacles. Whether you choose to build your own shed foundation or opt for simple, inexpensive concrete blocks, there are many ways to ensure your shed site is both flat and level. Leveling of site up to 8 inches is included in standard free delivery.
Buildings 16' Long and Under
For buildings 16' in length and under, delivery personnel will level the building up to 8 inches with customer's blocks at no charge. Customer must supply blocks for any leveling. If leveling is required over 8 inches, customer must discuss conditions and potential charges with ShedFinder and delivery personnel PRIOR to delivery. Additional charges may apply.
Buildings Over 16' to 24' Long
For buildings over 16' to 24' in length there is a $150.00 leveling charge and buildings will not be leveled over 8 inches unless approved prior to delivery. Payment will be required at time of delivery.
Buildings Over 24' Long
Buildings over 24' in length will generally be placed on level ground. Any leveling needs must be discussed with delivery personnel prior to delivery.
Certain areas may require the tie down of the storage building determined by local zoning laws. Delivery personnel will tie down the building for a cost of $255.00 due at the time of delivery.
Here are a few of the most common foundations you can install prior to your building being delivered (while a flat, level site is required, the following options are suggestions, not requirements):
Concrete Slab Foundation or Gravel Shed Pad
Professionally installed or DIY with natural drainage and no standing water. Your concrete slab should be the same width as the storage shed. In certain markets that experience frequent hurricanes, 1/2″ x 8″ “J” type anchor bolts should be set in the concrete around the entire perimeter of the slab (except for the doorway) projecting approximately 2 1/2″ above the slab grade and approximately 1 1/2″ in from the edge. The finished slab surface needs to be at a minimum of 4″ above grade.
Concrete Block Foundation (suggested block count by building size)
Wood foundations are typically built using solid concrete leveling blocks which are 8” x 16” and no more than 2 inches high. Each block is arranged in evenly spaced rows by placing one in each corner and at each break. These concrete leveling blocks will support the floor.
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Lastly, it’s important to consider the frost line of your region. If frost lines are not considered, your shed may move due to seasonal freeze and thaw changes. This means that the foundation will need to be built to the frost line. You will need to contact your local building inspector to determine the frost line for your area.
Clear the Path to Your Shed Site
Your building will be delivered by a semi-trailer driving or backing into place. Access to the site must be clear and allow for a delivery truck and 26’ trailer. Standard height clearance of 13’ 6” from tree limbs, low-hanging branches and wires is needed as well as underground clearance from septic tanks, ditches, pipes, etc. Standard width clearance of 12’ to 14’ is needed. If you have a fence, take out whatever sections are needed to get the buildings through. If you have a gate, make sure the gate is at least a foot wider than the building. Know where the underground dog fences are. If the dog fence is on the surface or is not buried deep enough, it can break when the trailer drives over it.
Common Delivery Questions
- Where should I place my shed?
- What site preparation do I need to do before delivery?
- What kind of gravel should I use for my pad?
- How long will the delivery and installation take?
- What kind of vehicle is used to deliver the building?
- How wide are the truck and trailer?
- Do I need to be home for delivery?
- If there is a fence blocking access to the set-site, will the delivery person remove it for me?
- If there are trees or branches blocking access to the set-site, will the delivery person cut or remove them for me?
- Will BackYard Storage move my building for me if I need to relocate?
Where should I place my shed?
A number of factors affect the best place for your shed.
Accessibility. Consider where your shed will serve your best. If it houses your garden tools, you probably want it centrally located where you can directly access a hose and your garden itself. No sense in placing your shed on the other side of your property, far away from your garden.
Aesthetics. Some people want their building to blend into the surroundings, and be unnoticed. Others want the building as part of the outdoor décor, and want it to be seen. Either is fine, but it may affect where you place your shed.
Setback. The distance between your structure and your property line is called setback. You probably don't want to create a scene with either your neighbor or the local building inspector, so be sure to leave enough room between your shed and your neighbor's yard. If there is any question, check with your HOA, or your local county/city offices.
Longevity. Your shed will last longer if it is in a spot that is not perpetually wet, or on the receiving end of your neighborhood watershed. Low tree branches can scrape the sides or roof in winds, creating a significant amount of wear on the shed's paint or roof. If you have a sprinkler system, remember that regular watering will not have the same effect on your shed as it does on your grass.
Level. Many creative steps can be taken to set a building on slopes, but the more level the ground is, the easier and cheaper it is to set a building.
What site preparation do I need to do before delivery?
Site must be flat and level. Ensure the ground is flat and level, or install a foundation prior to delivery if more than 8” of leveling is required. Ensure adequate clearance around your site to allow for a full-size pickup truck and trailer to delivery your building.
What kind of gravel should I use for my pad?
When building a pad for your building, it is important to choose gravel that will not slip and slide. For example, loose pea gravel is not the best choice as it can give way under the weight of a shed. Most people choose 21A gravel or crusher run for their pad. Both gravels pack and hold nicely to keep a level and flat surface, while also provide water drainage.
How long will the delivery and installation take?
Standard delivery and installation should take no longer than 45 minutes. The more level and flat the area is, and the fewer obstacles there are, the faster the installation will go. With more obstacles such as fences and trees, and with an uneven site, the installation will likely take longer to complete. If delivery takes longer than 45 minutes, a charge of $50.00 per hour will be due at the time of delivery. This does not include time for tie downs.
What kind of vehicle is used to deliver the building?
BackYard Storage buildings are delivered with a commercial-grade pickup truck pulling a flatbed shed trailer, with the building loaded on this trailer.
How wide are the truck and trailer?
The truck and trailer are about 8 feet, 6 inches wide.
Do I need to be home for delivery?
We prefer that you are home when your building is delivered, mainly to show the delivery crew exactly where you want the shed installed. If you are not able to be there personally, we request that an adult you trust and who knows where you want the building set (could be a spouse/grown child/neighbor) be there at the time of delivery.
If there is a fence blocking access to the set-site, will the delivery person remove it for me?
The customer is responsible for preparing their site, so we ask that they handle fence removal.
If there are trees or branches blocking access to the set-site, will the delivery person cut or remove them for me?
Again, each customer is responsible for site preparation, which includes trimming and/or removing trees that may interfere with delivery of the building. If you are not sure if you have obstacles on your property, consult your sales person. They may choose to do a site visit to give you an idea of what might need to be done.
Will BackYard Storage move my building for me if I need to relocate?
No problem! Just give us a call to make arrangements. The standard fee is $200.00 within 25 miles, and $4.00 per mile for every mile over 25 miles. This is a convenience we only offer to our customers!
Still have questions?
When in doubt, contact your BackYard Storage sales representative. We’re here to answer any of your questions to ensure a smooth delivery of your new building.
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