September 26, 2010

Building a Shed: Trading Time for Money

There's a lot to be said for building your own shed.

When you build a shed yourself, you get to pick the exact design and materials. You get the sense of pride of having put it together stick-by-stick and the knowledge that it was done right. If there were corners clipped and shortcuts taken, you know exactly where to find them. If it leaks, you know where to look first.

Your construction efforts trade time for money. Compare the list of materials and costs of a D-I-Y shed to a finished unit. Subtract one from the other and you'll have a idea of the savings ... it might not be monumental, but in these times, it all adds up. Of course, it's not just about the overall savings.

How much are you saving per hour?

Divide those savings by the number of hours spent building the shed and you'll have an hourly rate. (While you can't complete every step by yourself, you'll have a rough idea.)

How much is it worth to you per hour?

We're born onto this planet with a finite number of days and the infinite ability to earn. Taking a weekend or two to build a shed can be an investment of time that pays off well ... or it can be an ordeal. You've got to look inside and look forward.

Is it something you really want to do? Or is it something that you only want to do because you're hoping to save a few bucks?

Posted by geekbooks at September 26, 2010 11:56 PM

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