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Things to consider before buying a portable building

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Whether you’re interested in portable buildings for the storage space it gives you, the extra living space it offers, or you aren’t sure what you’d use them for but are intrigued by the versatility these buildings have, there are several things to consider before buying one. In fact, you might be surprised by the number of options you have available to you, so you should take some time to consider things like durability, customization, cost, and more so you can make the best decision for your needs. Here, we’ll be going over all the things you will want to take into account when looking at adding some portable storage to your property.


Cost is arguably the most important thing to consider when looking at portable buildings, so set a budget before shopping around. While you may be inclined to go with cheaper options, keep in mind that these buildings are likely cheaper because they’re poorly made or don’t use high-quality materials. These options might be less expensive now, but they could end up costing you a whole lot more in the long run with repairs and maintenance.

What you need it for

You should have a good idea of what you’re going to use the building for before you set out to buy one. This way, that way you can narrow down your options more effectively. If you simply need a portable storage solution, you likely won’t have to eliminate many buildings, but if you’re looking more for a tiny home for living purposes, you can start eliminating certain options that aren’t insulated or don’t have proper ventilation.

Customization and size

Sizing factors into each of the previous points, as larger portable buildings tend to be more expensive, and your needs will often influence the size you choose. Sizing also factors into customization, as larger buildings will generally have more customization options. Customization is something else you need to consider because if you’re not able to customize a building to your specific needs, it won’t be as useful as it should be.


Depending on where you live, portable buildings may require a permit before they can be purchased or installed on your property. Sometimes only certain size buildings require a permit. We recommend researching these potential permit requirements before doing your shopping so you don’t end up facing legal trouble.

How long it will last

Whether you’re looking for a portable storage solution or a building you can use for additional living space, durability will be a very important factor. As previously mentioned, you don’t want to go with a poorly constructed option or buy from a manufacturer that doesn’t use quality materials because you may end up having to make costly repairs or even replace the building because it doesn’t last long or hold up well to the elements. When you buy from Graceland, you can rest assured you’re getting a high-quality shed with top-of-the-line materials and expert craftsmanship. Read more about our commitment to quality.


While they are portable, portable buildings typically aren’t easy to move on your own! That’s why we recommend finding out how it will get from point A to point B (your property). Will it be free? Does transportation cost extra? Do installers set it up for you once it arrives?

Once you’ve made these considerations, we encourage you to contact a Graceland Portable Buildings dealer near you!


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