Garden Shed Prices and Installation Costs

Welcome to Quotation Check – Your trusted guide to construction and landscaping costs in the United Kingdom. This page is part of our series into typical prices and charges for common gardening jobs. How much does it cost to purchase a garden shed and have it erected on a new base in your garden?

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Tips For Successful Shed Installation

  1. The foundation or base must be sound and level. An uneven base means the shed will buckle and windows may break or the doors will wedge tight against the frame. This may not be apparent at first but can happen after the timber shed has “settled” onto the uneven base.
  2. Make sure the shed isn’t constructed too close to any fence or walls, you want to leave enough space to paint/treat the timber otherwise it will rot and fail sooner.
  3. If you need power supplied to the shed, consider how this can be achieved given its location.
  4. If you intend to spend a lot of time in the shed, consider how much natural light will enter the windows given it’s chosen location.
  5. If the shed is being placed onto timber decking, make sure a weed proof membrane is laid to stop weeds penetrating through the gaps in the decking.

Choosing a Company to Install Your Shed

The company you purchase the shed from will almost certainly have an installation team that can erect the shed for you. They may even be able to prepare a base for you.

Landscape gardeners also frequently carry out shed installations and may be able to offer a more personalised service.

About Our Figures

We obtained these figures by contacting landscape gardeners and asking for advice and quotes. Most were happy to quote via email after we provided photos and information about our garden. We then took an average of the prices and formulated our price guide.

We assumed the following when gaining and publishing these figures:

  • VAT is excluded, not every tradesman we contacted was operating above the VAT threshold
  • There were no major access issues to the rear garden where the shed was to be erected
  • No electrics were required in the shed
  • Only minimal clearing of the garden/shrubs/topsoil was required

See more information on how we gathered figures for this page.

Cost Example 1 – 6ft x 4ft Budget Shed on Simple Slab Base

The base will be made from cheap slabs bedded onto a few inches on cement. The scraped top soil will be disposed of elsewhere in the garden (i.e no waste disposal fees). A landscape gardener will prepare the base on the first day and return the next day to build the shed, which will take less than half a day. So the total man hours are ~1.5days.

See our price chart below to see what you can expect to be charged for this type of work, depending on where you live and whether you choose a small one-man landscape gardener or a larger firm:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£750.00£800.00
South, SW and Midlands£700.00£750.00
Outer Region and North£550.00£600.00





Cost Example 2 – Larger 12ft x 8ft Shed on Concrete Base

The shed will be constructed on a solid concrete base that will be prepared by a landscape gardener in advance. The total amount of time to complete the installation is between 2 and 2.5 days. That’s about 1.5 days for clearing the ground and laying the concrete and the second day for erecting the shed, tidying up and disposing of any waste.

The concrete base will be much more sturdy than laying slabs but will incur some extra material and labour costs. Don’t forget that this is a large shed so it will take some time and to clear the ground and requires over a tonne of sand/cement/ballast to form the base.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£1300.00£1400.00
South, SW and Midlands£1200.00£1300.00
Outer Region and North£1100.00£1100.00

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One Response to “Garden Shed Prices and Installation Costs”

  1. Stewart DominicusJune 11, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Hi there

    I am trying to get a couple of quotes to replace our shed which is made of sheet metal. This was damaged in the recent storms and I need to replace it.
    I am looking for a similar and would need to be placed behind our mobile home in Clacton on Sea Essex

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