Shed Happens, Inc. Site Preparation

Proper site location and preparation will help ensure a smooth installation and minimize settling over time and is the sole responsibility of the homeowner.

Caution: If your door/ramp is on a downward sloping side, your ramp may be too steep. Build up the ground on that side to decrease slope angle.

PERMITS: Please note that permits are the responsibility of the property owner. Please check with your local building department for requirements. Shed Happens, Inc. has experience working with many building departments in Maine. If you need assistance please call us at 207-541-9043 and we'd be glad to assist.

DIY: In most situations site preparation can be done easily by the property owner. Either the site is nearly level or the homeowner can correct it by spreading a small amount of gravel. (See the directions below.)  In situations where the grade is significantly out of level the homeowner can address it themselves or contract the work. Our site prep team can provide quotes for grading, fill, retaining walls, etc.  If you would like to schedule a site-prep quote please call us at 207-541-9043.

Select the EXACT location for your new building PRIOR to the delivery date. Once you've selected the site, consider the following:

Mark the site using stakes to locate the four corners of the building. FIGURE 1.

building location diagram

A three (3) foot clear work area perimeter is necessary for our crews to place your building.

The site must be FLAT and LEVEL. FIGURES 2 & 3

flat earth diagram

Frequently, customers assume because the ground is flat it is level. The building should be installed on a FLAT and LEVEL surface to function properly and be aesthetically pleasing. 

To determine if your building site is level use a LINE LEVEL - FIGURE 4 check to see if there is a slope in the site.

Locate the highest corner point of the proposed building site and using the line level determine location irregularities. FIGURE 5 & 6

line level diagram

A LINE LEVEL can be purchased at most hardware stores or home centers for less than $2

From the stake at the highest point of the site (A) run a string to each of the other three stakes and check with a line level. The string should be tied snug to the ground on stake A (the high point). The distance between the string and the ground at stakes D,C and B must be 10 inches or less. If the distance is greater than ten inches, the site will need alterations.

building diagram

The site may be altered by re grading the area. CUT out the higher area of the site. If the materials removed are unstable (Loam or sand) you may want to add gravel to the site. If the material cut from the slope is used for fill, locate the building on the cut portion of the site.

If the site is within the (10) ten inch limitation we can shim the building using concrete blocks. CAUTION: Distances greater than ten (10) inches can make the building unstable and unsafe. The site must be leveled.

If the building is to be constructed on concrete sono tubes, pressure treated 6”x6” posts or a concrete slab, the work must be completed at least five (5) days prior to delivery to allow for the proper concrete curing time. NOTE - If you plan to install concrete sono tubes we will provide you with a FOOT PRINT drawing and instructions to assist you with proper installation and alignment.

The site must be clear of all debris including brush, stumps, animal waste and other impediments. Trees located in the general area must not have branches hanging over the site closer than thirteen (13) feet from the ground.

Please allow for access of delivery truck to the site.

Inclement weather may necessitate delivery delays. We will contact you to reschedule a new delivery date.