I purchased 5 acres in May of 2012. The land had no buildings and no utilities.
My most immediate need was to begin improving the land. To do this required tools on site. I had nowhere to store the tools.
For a while, I rented storage. The problem with the storage was that there weren’t any facilities near my property. I was driving 30 miles just to pick up tools. Then I’d drive back. Then I’d return the tools to the storage when I was done. Then drive back. It was over 120 miles each day, and I was wasting valuable time.
I had planned to build a small outbuilding. I couldn’t (at the time) find anyone who would deliver concrete. I realized that I was going to have to buy a lot of bags of ready-mix concrete. Where was I going to store them? It was one of those situations where you find yourself chasing your tail.
I ended up going this route…
First, the good:
The barn is on skids, so you don’t need a foundation.
I got the style of roof that I wanted–to shed snow.
I also got the barn doors, so I could put big items inside.
There’s a loft in two places inside. This increases storage capacity.
I couldn’t have built this for the price.
The financing is ridiculous. You’ll end up paying for your barn 4 or 5 times over if you pay at the rate they schedule.
Terrible service on the part of the financier. There are no statements sent, no emails, no nothing. They send you a coupon book and you never hear from them unless you call. You have to call to find out your balance.
I’m not sure if I can recommend doing this or not. It’s something for you to think about.
I plan on pulling the barn onto a foundation. I don’t want the skids to rot. I’ve poured the footing so far. Winter caught up to me before this project was finished. Hopefully we’ll complete it this summer.