By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Many of the home centers and lumber yards offer an "Installed Price" for the metal sheds they sell. The turnkey service is popular for consumers who don't have the time or can't find references. Ask what's implied in the agreement and if the retailer stands behind the installation. The agreement should clarify the responsibilities of the homeowner, contractor and retailer. The service is added revenue for a retailer who can control the delivery and installation of products sold to their consumers.

If you buy the shed online at a manufacturer's website you'll often see a "Find an Installer" feature where you enter your Zip Code to find a shed builder and distributor recommended by the manufacturer who works in your vicinity.

Another option is to hire a carpenter to build the metal shed on site. You'll find that many carpenters are on the staff of a general contractor or work as independent contractors. They advertise in local newspapers, the Yellow Pages under the listing "Contractors - General". Sometimes you'll find a business card offering carpentry work in hardware stores, lumberyards and home centers.


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