I have over 20 years experience with Facilities, from commercial to residentual, of all types. Give credit where credit is due - Arrow is giving this building away at this price. I challenge anyone to find just the materials at $299 and turn a profit. First, (most importantly for the novice builder) be sure you have at least 2 days at 5-7 hrs per day without wind. The less wind, the easier to build and not damage. I was able to do most of the work myself, without help. There were two times I required a second person. When erecting the side corners, I had my 11 year old hold the 2 corner pieces while I assembled and then had (2) 6 foot stepladders with bungie cords wrapped on the corners to hold them while we moved to the next area. When erecting the roof, I required an adult to hold the gable on a ladder while I secured it to the side of the building. Second, read ahead on the steps. Sometimes it is easier - for instance, I assembled the back gable and connected it to the main center I frame on the ground. My helper and I then lifted the whole piece and he held it in place on the 6 foot ladder while I secured it to the side of the building. While one of us held the main I frame, we moved over to the second ladder for the front gable to finish connecting the front gable. For some, it may be easier doing it this way. Third, when completely assembled, the building is as strong and sound as the materials allow. This is a light weight building so it is not meant to be indestructable but it will house garden equipment or plastic bins nicely. For rain leaks, they can be sealed with a silicon caulking which you will need to buy seperately as I did read some negative reviews on this. The cost for this is minor, perhaps $20-30. The size of this building is exceptional for this price and I stress, this should be the strongest reason for buying this unit. There are about 18 steps in the assembly instruction manual but all the pieces are identified and included. Most panels have a unique number etched into the metal as well as inked. The ink will wash off. The instruction steps are correct although some of the steps are harder to visualize for any novice builder. There are extra screws, machine screws and nuts included which is a plus as I dropped many in the grass and lost them. In my opinion, it is an excellent buy.
I realize the price of this shed is hard to resist. I didn't resist and what I got was a nightmare. Even if they are giving this shed away....RUN!!! Run as far and as fast away from it as you can. It does not go together well, even if you read the instructions and prep the ground. And good luck getting the correct parts. I ordered this shed in April...June 21st it was completed. Most of the time spent was waiting on the correct pieces to be delivered. My husband ended up driving to another state, two hours away to get the correct parts himself. If he would not have done this we would still be waiting.
I ordered this 2 weeks ago. The problem I'm seeing is that it still hasn't been shipped. I finally started a chat window to find out what is taking so long. Here's what they said: "since there's no specific reason [for why it's taking so long] I suggest you wait [until it arrives in-store for us to message you]." Then the customer service guy lets me know that it has an estimated arrival-at-store date of 3 days from now. In my experience, and I've worked in a warehouse and a retail store before, it only takes three days to ship anything anywhere. Especially in the United States. Heck, I've (personally) ordered things from China and Japan and gotten them in three days time. What this tells me, is that he put a "ship now/today" comment on the online order because it hadn't been shipped yet.
(Upside) Did you know that it only costs a few hundred dollars? Great price!
(Downside) However, it costs another $800(+) to have them put it together for you. Can you say rip-off?
(End-Game) Regardless, if I needed another storage building, I would probably turn to Sears for the in-store pick-up instead of pay an INORDINATE amount for shipping to my house. They wanted $200(+) for shipping to my house. It takes 20 minutes to drive to the store and back home (approximately $1.00 in gas, so approximately $199.00 in "a-guy-picking-up-a-box-with-a-hand-truck-and-rolling-it-about-5-yards fees"). Outrageous.
It's NOW September 12th. I have not received it and the warehouse STILL HASN'T SHIPPED IT to the store! !!! !!!!!!!!!!
I was impressed with the engineering accuracy of this shed. I only had to fudge a couple of places to make it all fit together, which I don't think is bad considering. This shed replaced a forty year old Sears shed which was rotted and damaged, so I recon this should hold up as well. A good economy pick for yard equipment, just watch your head under the low door height.
bag of screws, directions, etc were missing, contacted arrow & they shipped them...plastic handles, flimsy thin metal, I can break into it with a can opener, definitely not secure, will probably fly away ...very disappointed
I got an email saying my shed was delivered. I drove 40 miles to pick it up and it was not there. Was told by an employee that happens all the time. So, i drove 80 total miles for nothing. Really pisses me off. Prob wont order store pick up ever again. Not sure of the quality of the shed since i havent got it and apparently need to drive another 80 miles when ever it is finally there. No estimate or anything. Guess its travelling to country right now. Made me mad enough to knock 3 stars off just for the experience.