After you choose the perfect shed your next step is to prepare your site for shed delivery. This entails a bit more than setting up a few cones to mark the proper placement. There is additional work necessary to prepare a proper shed base and ensure smooth delivery and installation. Read more about your responsibility to prepare your property for your new shed or structure.\r\n\r\nPrepare Your Shed Base\r\nYou want your shed or outdoor structure to look its best for years to come and that starts with installing a quality shed base.\r\n\r\nAlthough some homeowners may use a concrete or pea gravel base, we recommend using a layer of crushed stone as your base. Crushed stone is sturdier and more stable than pea gravel, which means your shed won\u2019t shift on its foundation as much over time (some settling is expected).\r\n\r\nAdditionally, unlike concrete, crushed stone allows for drainage and prevents moisture from building up underneath your shed. As rain falls from the edge of your structure\u2019s roof, it deflects off the ground and splashes onto the sidewalls of the shed. Over the years, this will cause the doors and lower siding to mold and rot. When you prepare a base using stone, water is absorbed into the ground instead of splashing against your building.\r\n\r\nPrepare a shed base using a layer of stone that is 4\u2033- 8\u2033 deep and covers an area at least 1\u2032 larger than your building in all directions. A 10\u2019 x 14\u2019 shed would need a 12\u2019 x 16\u2019 stone base. Preparing a shed base does take some work, so determine if you have the time and skill to do it yourself or if it\u2019s better to hire a professional.\r\n\r\nAccess to Your Shed Site\r\nYour outdoor structure \u2014 up to a certain size \u2014 will be delivered fully-assembled on a full-sized pickup truck and wide-bed trailer. So, beyond preparing the ground site for your storage shed, there may be other areas of your property that need to be prepped to ensure a smooth delivery.\r\n\r\nBefore your delivery day, assess your property to determine if there are any obstacles in your front yard or side yard that would encumber the delivery and installation processes. Penn Dutch is also available to do site checks prior to delivery.\r\n\r\nAccess to the final installation site must be clear of:\r\n\r\nNarrow walkways or stairs\r\nFences\r\nShrubs or elaborate landscaping\r\nLow-hanging tree branches\r\nPower lines\r\nAdditional structures such as carports, arbors, swing sets, etc.\r\nThink Bigger\r\nWhen preparing your property for delivery, be aware of the size of the structure, but also remember to account for the size of the delivery trailer.\r\n\r\nIf your structure is wider than 8\u2019, it will be wider than the delivery trailer and you will need to account for additional overhang. Also note that if access to your final assembly site requires many turns and maneuvers, we may need additional clearance. Talk to your salesperson about the exact space needed for a trailer to fit onto your property.\r\n\r\nDo Structures Arrive Already Assembled?\r\nSheds and other structures up to 14\u2032 by 44\u2032 are delivered already assembled. Sheds that are too high to transport will require partial assembly at the final site. Additionally, if there is not adequate access to deliver an assembled structure to the desired location, your structure may need to be assembled on-site at an additional cost.\r\n\r\nDo you have other questions about preparing a shed base or planning your property for delivery? Contact our sales professionals with your questions.