Why Rent-to-Own Sheds Win Every Time over Storage Units

Chapter 10: Why Rent-to-Own Sheds Win Every Time over Storage Units

We Americans love our stuff. We love activities that involve tools, memorabilia, boats, bikes, holiday decorations, and hobby supplies. Unfortunately, all this stuff can easily end up crammed in corners and closets, where it’s hard to get to and easy to forget.

There’s a special name for too much stuff—it’s clutter.

Clutter is a big business. In fact, 9% of U.S. households rent a self-storage unit, according to the Self-Storage Association.* Some people use self-storage to deal with temporary changes in their lives, but the majority say they need more space. Of these folks, 30% rent for two years or more.

But is renting a storage unit a good use for your money? What if you could apply that rental payment to a beautiful storage building that helps you manage your clutter, not hide it away? And on top of it, you can add convenience, increase the appearance and value of your property, and enjoy multiple uses that no storage unit can provide.

Consider the advantages that a rent-to-own storage building or shed has over a storage unit:  

Clutter No More!

An attractive storage building is a great incentive to organize your belongings and get rid of the things that are worn, outdated, or just plain unnecessary. Rather than being hidden away, the items you choose to keep are valued and used on a regular basis.

Added Convenience

Are you heading out for some white-water kayaking or starting a woodworking project? Your equipment is ready for action, without having to drive to the storage facility or wait for it to open.

An Activity Center

A shed or storage building is more than just storage. It can also function as a workshop, potting shed, or craft studio. Plan your storage building or shed.  

Increase the Value of Your Property

Every realtor will tell you that when you come to sell a home, clutter is a major drawback. A beautiful, well-organized storage shed will be a selling point.

Enhance Your Backyard

Imagine a shed as a new focal point in your backyard. Use it as an outdoor living space for entertaining with your own landscaping, seating, and a grill or firepit.

Man Cave vs. She Shed?

No self-storage unit can give you the satisfaction of a space that you can personalize as your own retreat. And at the end of the day, you’ll have a place to store grill tools, summer furniture, and more!

Decluttering Resources

Overwhelmed by your stuff? There are lots of professional organizers, books, and websites that can help you tackle the job. Here are a few that we like:



Storage Sheds & Buildings


National Association of Professional Organizers

Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Karen Kingston, Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui

Shed Buying Guide

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1.Getting Started on Your storage building or shed project

Start by answering this question "How do I plan to use the shed?" It is not always as obvious as it seems. It is worth examining because anticipating all

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2. Selecting the size of your storage building or shed

When selecting a size for your backyard storage building, there are several questions to ask yourself. Use this list as you start your research

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3. Choosing the best building or shed shape

The shape of the shed will affect the cost, look, usefulness, and possibly the placement. Leonard offers 3 distinct storage building shapes.

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4. Understanding Proper Floor construction of storage buildings, sheds

Sturdy pressure treated 4"x6" skids are notched so that the 2”x6” pressure treated joists

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5. Steel Frame vs Wood Frame Storage Buildings and Sheds

For most customers, a storage building's frame material is one of the most important decision factors.

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6. Choosing from storage shed siding materials

When it comes to choosing the right siding material for our shed there a number of factors to consider. Do you have an HOA?


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7. Storage Shed and Utility Building Roof Material Options

Leonard offers the widest selection of roofing material in the industry: Standard Shingle, Architectural Shingle, Corrugated Metal, Heavy Duty Metal Panel, and Cedar Shake.

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8. Choosing the right color(s) for your Storage Building or Shed

The siding and trim material of your storage building or shed will determine the available options for color. Siding materials are broken into four groups

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9. How much does a shed cost?

Sheds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. All of these affect costs in different ways.

10. Why Rent-To-Own Sheds Win every time over Storage Units

We Americans love our stuff. We love activities that involve tools, memorabilia, boats, bikes, holiday decorations, and hobby supplies.

kit vs custom shed

11. Should You Choose a Shed Kit vs A Custom Built Shed from a Manufacture?

Shed kits are quite popular for promising new sheds for an unbeatable price. For just a few hours of work, you can get a great storage building. But is that the best option?

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12. How is a storage building or shed delivered?

Leonard offers FREE Delivery. Your shed will be delivered to your backyard, blocked & leveled, and set up for you to start moving your stuff in simply.


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13. Free Site-Check

If you don't think a shed will fit in your backyard. We are here to help.