Lack of outdoor storage on a Nevada County rental property

One of the most common questions I get asked as a Grass Valley property manager from inquiring tenants about a rental property is, “Does it have a garage or some sort of outdoor storage?”  

This is a very important feature to most Nevada County and Placer County tenants.  The nature and location of our community lends itself to active people.  With this, people acquire belongings such as bikes, skis, kayaks, snowboards, golf gear, camping gear, and other outdoor recreational gear.  A Grass Valley, Nevada City, Colfax, or Auburn rental home that lacks outdoor storage is a big negative to inquiring tenants.  This big problem can actually be fixed quite easily and inexpensively.   

Read below to find some simple and inexpensive solutions to the lack of storage your Gold Country rental may have.  Keep in mind that if you choose to erect a storage shed and it is under a certain square footage, no permit is required from your local building department.  (For more information visit your local building department: (Nevada County Building DepartmentPlacer County Building DepartmentCity of Grass Valley BuildingCity of Auburn Building)

The Family Handyman magazine and online home improvement resource recently released an article titled, “How to Build a Cheap Storage Shed”.  This detailed article offers step-by-step instructions on how to build a “nice looking” storage shed for around $500.  General carpentry skills are required for this project.

For the Grass Valley investment property  owners that would rather not build an outdoor storage shed from scratch, check out Home Depot’s very reasonably priced sheds.  They offer metalplastic, and wood options starting at an amazing price of $220!  The closest Home Depot to Grass Valley, Nevada City, Colfax and Auburn is conveniently located in Auburn, CA on Willow Creek Drive off of Highway 49.  

A Grass Valley rental property that has some sort of outdoor storage will attract more tenants than one that has no storage at all.  It’s a simple and inexpensive fix. 

Home Depot's Basic Metal Shed for $218
Home Depot’s Basic Metal Shed for $218


Home Depot's Fancy Storage Shed for $3,500+
Home Depot’s Fancy Storage Shed for $3,500+