Here’s How Much It Costs to Hire Someone to Assemble Your Shed

Bry'Ana Arvie
Written by Bry'Ana Arvie
Reviewed by Robert Tschudi
Updated April 14, 2022
An old typical shed
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Highlights

  • The average cost to assemble a shed is $2,750.

  • Factors like size, material, style, labor, pouring a foundation, and permits influence the total price.

  • You can pick a material and style that fits your lifestyle.

  • You can forego accessories you don’t need to reduce the cost.

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Whether you’re running short on space or want a home for all your yard toys, a shed is the perfect outdoor storage solution. But assembling your shed isn’t always the weekend project most homeowners have in mind. This guide covers how much it costs to hire someone to assemble a shed, factors that impact its price, and how to save money along the way.

How Much Does It Cost to Assemble a Shed?

The cost to hire someone to assemble a shed is $1,700 to $4,500 for a standard ten feet by 12 feet unit. The price can be as little as $350 if you decide to DIY, or more than $80,000 depending on several factors. The final price you’re looking at to assemble your shed depends on size, type, location, and material. 

Shed Assembly Cost Breakdown

When it comes to assembling a shed, your money is divided between labor and material fees. Here’s the average costs associated with both:  

  • Labor: When you purchase a prefabricated shed, some companies include installation in the purchase price. But if not, expect to pay $10 to $20 per square foot in labor costs.

  • Material: The material cost of assembling a shed is $1,500 to $4,000, depending on the kit.

How Much Does It Cost Near You?

The cost to hire someone to assemble a shed can vary depending on where you are in the country. Let’s look at how much you can expect to dish out for your shed, based on homeowners in similar regions: 

  • Seattle: $6,700

  • Miami: $5,700

  • Denver: $6,200

  • Minneapolis: $6,400

  • Los Angeles: $6,200

  • New York: $7,300

  • Houston: $6,200

  • Chicago: $6,500

  • Augusta, ME: $5,500

“We have built many custom sheds, and one of the most important considerations is to seal it from critters,” says Bob Tschudi, Angi Expert Review Board member and general contractor in Raleigh, NC. “If there is an opening in the gable, the eaves, or around the door, it’s an invitation for all forms of wildlife to make your shed their new home. You don’t want bats in your shed!”

Shed Assembly Cost by Type

In the past, sheds served one purpose. But the changing tides have brought sheds that fit various needs with it. Here are common shed types and the typical all-in price you’re looking to spend for it. 

Modern Shed

If you ever see a shed with straight lines, windows that let in abundant natural light, and a sloped roof, you’ve seen a modern shed. These sheds offer a sleek look that combines simplicity with design. Modern sheds are commonly made from wood and come in plastic or metal. They cost $5,000 to $16,000 on average, depending on size, material, and add-ons.  

Farm Implement Shed

Building a farm implement shed costs $3,000 to $40,000. The price you’ll pay depends on the purpose of your farm shed. If you need it for equipment storage or to serve as a new home for your animals, your actual price will be on the higher end of the spectrum. But if you’re okay with just building an open-ended shed, homeowners typically spend less on these types.

Storage Shed

Storage sheds help keep your tools, machinery, bikes, or anything you need to be protected stored away. Though depending on what purpose you want it to solve, the size, material, and add-ons can run from $800 to $2,300

Garage Shed

When you need a garage shed, the price can fluctuate greatly, depending on if you need it to serve as a one- or two-car garage, size, and the material used. You’re looking at spending $7,000 to $10,400 on these sheds. 

Garden Shed and Greenhouse Combination

If you’re looking for a shed to house your green thumb projects, a garden and greenhouse shed combo will cost $600 to $10,000. A small, simple shed with a steel tubing frame would be on the lower end, while a larger, more custom model is on the opposite end of the pricing spectrum. 

American Barn-Style

American barn-style sheds (with a “gambrel” roof) are what they sound like—a shed with the classic barn design. On average, these sheds cost $3,000 to $7,000 based on their size, material, and features.

Hoop Shed

Hoop sheds—identified by their half-circle structure—are made from steel arches with a durable fabric covering. Size plays a role in total cost, but for hoop sheds designed to hold vehicles, you’re looking at $2,000 on average

Pole Shed

Pole sheds use vertical poles to keep them upright instead of a foundation. These sheds cost $4,000 to $11,000.

Commercial Shed

Commercial sheds, constructed from steel, can cost $25,000 to $80,000. While these structures’ primary use is for businesses, homeowners with large equipment such as tractors or boats can also benefit from them. 

Custom

If you’re looking for a custom shed, it’ll cost $800 to $5,000. However, if you’re using premium material and multiple add-ons for an overall larger shed, expect to pay much more. 

Shed Assembly Cost by Size

It goes without saying that the larger the shed, the more material and time it’ll require and the more it’ll cost. But how much it’ll cost for different shed sizes is what we’ll cover below. 

  • 6x4: $600–$1,300

  • 6x9: $1,200–$2,320

  • 8x5: $700–$1,290

  • 8x10: $870–$2,500

  • 8x12: $820–$2,400

  • 10x10: $600–$3,300

  • 10x12: $860–$3,000

  • 10x15: $1,780–$3,150

  • 10x16: $2,100–$6,300

  • 10x20: $2,000–$4,110

  • 12x14: $1,500–$3,620

  • 12x16: $2,200–$3,950

  • 12x20: $3,300–$4,640

  • 12x24: $2,800–$3,800

  • 12x28: $3,300–$4,300

  • 14x24: $2,800–$4,300

Price to Assemble a Shed by Material

A group of men working on a garden shed structure
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Each material used for shed assembly comes with benefits that attract homeowners or downsides that’ll have them looking elsewhere. Below, we’ll cover what prices you’re looking at based on the material you want.  

Wood Shed

Wood sheds are beautiful and timeless. These traditional structures are easy to customize but need continuous painting, staining, and treating to protect them from the weather. Wood sheds cost $1,000 to $4,300 on average. 

Prefab Metal Shed

Metal sheds—commonly galvanized steel or aluminum—typically cost $500 to $7,000. These sheds don’t rot or decay and are insect-resistant. But they’re not sturdy enough for areas of high wind or snow.

Steel-Framed Shed

Sheds with a steel frame will cost $3,000 or more for only the building. While costly, these sheds are sturdy and rot-resistant. 

Brick Shed

Brick sheds are a durable, versatile, and safe outbuilding; they average around $24,000. 

Plastic Shed

Vinyl, also known as plastic sheds, cost $1,000 to assemble. They’re low maintenance, versatile, and come in multiple styles but aren’t ideal for areas of high winds or extreme temperatures. 

Cost to Assemble Shed Yourself

Prefabricated sheds tend to come with everything you need outside of a few staple household tools like a drill or screwdriver, making it a DIY-friendly project for those moderately skilled homeowners. So, the cost you’re looking at to assemble your shed is $2,750 on average. 

However, if you need to pour a concrete slab, install plumbing or wiring, or add insulation, you’ll need to contact a pro to help with this project. Also, if you’re looking for a more custom shed that’ll require building your shed from scratch, contact a professional shed builder near you to complete the job.  

Factors That Influence Cost to Assemble a Shed

Factors that impact the cost are size, material, and style, but they are not the only ones influencing the final price. Here are other factors that affect this project. 

Foundation

If you’re looking to add a concrete slab to your shed, expect to pay $4,000 to $12,300. Though it’s worth noting that even if some prefab sheds don’t require a foundation, some communities or cities might. 

Electrical and Plumbing

Most homeowners use their shed as an outdoor storage system. But if your purpose for yours involves electrical, plumbing, or both, you’ll be paying extra towards the total price. The cost to hire an electrician is $40 to $100 per hour. And the average cost of hiring a plumber is $45 to $150 per hour.  

Insulation

If you’re looking to keep your shed insulated, the cost to add insulation is $0.35-$3 per square foot; depending on the insulation type and thickness.

Permit

Typically, not all sheds need a building permit, but it might be a requirement for larger sheds or to satisfy your local building code. The cost to obtain a shed permit is approximately $250, but it can cost up to $2,000

Add-ons

There are multiple features that you can add to spruce up your shed. For example, adding skylights, windows, roof upgrades, shed solar panels, or gutters can increase the assembly price.

How To Save Money on the Cost to Assemble a Shed

If you’re looking to build a shed while keeping it budget-friendly, find a balance between function and style. The best way to save money when assembling a shed is through the material used to build it. Unless you have to follow local codes, community guidelines, and weather restraints, pick the material that’ll satisfy your needs for a shed without breaking the bank.

For example, if you live in an area that experiences high winds, you might need to build a concrete foundation with aluminum frames. While it’ll cost more, it’ll comply with your local climate. On the other hand, if harsh winds aren’t commonplace where you live, a simple vinyl shed might satisfy your needs. 

“Sheds are expensive and have value that you might not recoup when you sell your house,” says Bob Tschudi. “That’s why we recommend a skid foundation, which enables the shed to be easily moved. So, before you put your house up for sale, you can sell your shed, putting several thousands of dollars in your pocket. But you have to sell it before you list it or the buyer will want it as part of the sale. Shed movers charge between $350 and $1000, depending on the size and distance.”

FAQs for Shed Assembly

How long will it take to assemble a shed?

While it depends on the size, the average time it’ll take to assemble a shed is four to eight hours

How do I hire someone to build my shed?

To hire the perfect pro to build your shed, contact three contractors and get a quote from each one to see who’s licensed, bonded, and insured. Also, see if they offer any customization options and additional services.

Should I buy or build a shed?

Whether you buy a prefabricated shed or build one depends on why you need it and where you stay. For instance, if a simple garden shed is what you’re after, it’ll be cheaper to buy one already built. But if you want a she shed with windows, plumbing, and electric work, a custom-built unit might be more suited to your needs.

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