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Utility Building Shopping Buying Placement

Utility Building Shopping Buying Placement

Shopping for your utility building

How do you get that just right utility buildings? Go shopping. You don’t have to climb into the car and drive all over town to start this.

You can do it from the comfort of your own home. Search the Internet for buildings like the one you know you will need. Search locally by adding the name of your location. For instance, if you live in a town known as “Example”, search for “utility building Example My State”. Don’t add commas between the words. that will cause the search to serve up results for utility building, and results for Example, and results for My State, all separately. Look through the results of your search. There should be at least some results for utility building businesses close to your area. click on the results, and see if they have what you are looking for. Continue to click on the results until you have the results you are looking for, even if it takes several pages of results to find what you need. Collect the phone numbers and addresses of the most promising dealers. If at first you don’t succeed, try a different search for a different group of words.

Phone A good place to start shopping for utility buildings

Telephone shopping for utility buildings

There is also the good old fashioned phone book. Use it to find local utility building dealers, and call about details. You are already armed with the facts about what you need!

Looking at utility buildings

Now, hop in the car, and take a look at the buildings that you have discovered. There is a good chance that exactly what you are looking for, is setting somewhere on a local lot! If it is not, many dealers can have a utility building custom made for you in short order. In most cases, you will not be charged much, if any, above what the building would cost if it were already setting on a lot.

Deciding where to locate your utility building

Your utility building should be placed where it can be reached easily, and where it does not interfere with lawn and landscape practices. we also need to think about the irrigation system, and how it will interact with the utility building. Some irrigation adjustments may be needed.

Getting your utility building to you

Most buildings are built at a factory like facility, and then delivered to the locations where they are to be displayed and sold. When a utility building is sold on a lot, it will be picked up at that lot, and hauled to it’s new home. That is not the only way it can be done though. A utility building can be built to meet your specific needs, and hauled directly to your place, or they can be built on site. On site building normally requires an on site fee, but this will be partially offset by omitting the cost of a delivery fee. There is always a cost for delivery.

When a dealer tells you that they do not charge for delivery, that simply means that they have figured the cost into the utility building in other places. Free delivery is a gimmick. Look at the quality, and the final cost, and that will determine the buildings true value.

Free utility building delivery?

If you buy a building it will have to be delivered to your site, or built on your site. As for delivery, don’t be fooled by claims of “no delivery fees”! You will be charged a delivery fee, whether it is included in the cost of the building, or charged separately. Fuel and labor are not free, and the cost will be passed on to you in one form or another. If you are looking at two or more companies, free delivery claims should not be the deciding factor. The deciding factor should be value.

What you need to determine is the value of the utility building, and that will be determined by the buildings long term suitability, and the final price. A building made of inferior materials, with poor workmanship will cost you a lot more in maintenance down the road, free delivery or not!

Delivery and placement planning

As for the actual physical delivery, there are a few things that will need a little attention:

  • You will probably be asked to give directions when you make your purchase.
  • You will also be asked about the surroundings and final placement, and how the building should be oriented on the truck for proper placement.
  • Being certain that the route to your house is clear of low hanging limbs or lines will be of tremendous help to your delivery driver.
  • Plan for such things as fences, gates, or any other impediments to delivery.
  • Know the exact spot where you want your building to be placed ahead of time.
  • The delivery crew will level the building on the spot, but the ground should be reasonably level before delivery.

Financing utility buildings

Portable utility building producers and dealers want to sell buildings. That is why they are in the business. For that reason, most will have several financing options available. Of course, everyone loves cash. Most will help you to locate a loan source, and there is also the rent to own option, and some dealers offer ‘90 days same as cash”.

See also: Storage Building Placement

Tree Planting Materials and Tools

Tree Planting Materials and Tools

To plant trees there are some tools and materials you need. The tree planting tools and materials you will need are a shovel, or something else to dig with, some soil amendments, mulching materials, something to “water the tree in”.

If you have a very large tree to plant, you might want to consider some nylon tie down straps, and some means of moving the tree like a dolly. If you live in a windy area, it might be a good idea to stake the tree to keep it from leaning. This will require stakes long enough and sturdy enough to be driven into the ground, and rope, wire, or cable for tying off. If you choose wire or cable, find something like a section of disused water hose to to protect the tree from the wire or cable. You can cut it to the proper length, and slide it over the tie. Another option is pipe insulation.

You might add to this list , root stimulator. Root stimulator is a fertilizer and nutrient mix that sometimes contains indole butyric acid, a rooting hormone that increases root production. Both those mixes that contain IBA, and those that don’t, seem to offer some help in establishing newly planted trees, and in our experience, they are worth the money spent. Various studies have shown mixed results, so it is up to you.

Assemble all the tools and materials you need, including the trees, as near as possible to the marked planting site. For details on choosing the right site, see: Planting Trees Tree Planting Information Preparation

For details on planting the trees, see: Tree Planting | Planting Trees

Planting Trees Tree Planting Information Preparation

Planting Trees Tree Planting Information Preparation

Planting Trees

If you are thinking of planting a tree, or several trees, there are a few things that can make the job easier, safer, and provide better results throughout the life of the trees.

Planting trees using the right tree

Start with the right type of tree for your area, climate, soil type, and existing
conditions. This should be a native tree, that is a tree that grows naturally in
your area. These are better for many reasons, including insect and fungus
resistance, moisture level tolerance, and soil adaptation.

Planting trees in the right place

The trees full grown size should be considered before you ever dig the hole. You do not want to plant a tree that has a mature height of 40 feet in an area where you only have 20 feet of clearance.

Another common mistake is planting trees which expand the canopy outward 40 feet, 10 feet apart. Do not plant a tree with invasive roots next to a concrete slab or drive, it will eventually crack the drive. Don’t plant a tree that likes moist conditions in an area that is arid, or a tree that prefers arid conditions in a swamp. The results will be less than satisfying.

Safety in tree placement

After you make a basic placement plan, the first tool you should use for planting trees is your phone. Call up the local utilities and they will get someone to mark lines in your area. Digging into an underground gas line, electric line, or communications cable could ruin your day, or even kill you, then who would water the tree?

Don’t just think about what is in the ground, think about what is above the ground. Power lines in the vicinity could end your tree planting career if the
tree you are planting happened to touch one on the way to the hole.

Now you know what kind of tree you need, the best place to plant it for your own safety and the future growth of the tree. Pick out and purchase your tree, and materials for tree planting.

Tree Planting Materials and Tools

Planting trees can provide shade and beauty for many years.