Site Preparation and Delivery

Site Preparation and Delivery

Site Preparation and Delivery Tips
It is the buyer’s responsibility to prepare and level the building site prior to delivery. Hillside Structures is not responsible for site preparation, however we do provide this service and can provide a price quote if you wish. All site checks and quotes are free. A level site is required to set your building on. Please take the time to make your site as level as possible, as this helps to prevent the building from sagging or twisting and keeps the doors working properly. We recommend the building be set on a pad of gravel or crushed stone 3" to 4" thick and about 12" wider than the perimeter of building to keep weeds away and allow for proper drainage. Ground at the site should be made as level as possible, and you can dump stone directly on the ground or take out about 4" of dirt and dump stone into the hole up to ground level. Stone can also be dumped in a frame made of cinder blocks or wood to maintain a better appearance and keep the stone from scattering. Buildings can also be set on a concrete pad 3" to 4" thick. Cinder blocks or bricks are not recommended to set your building on. Most buildings will settle a little over time, and when placed on cinder blocks chances of the building shifting or the doors becoming misaligned are greatly increased. Hillside Structures is not responsible for property damage due to inadequate access to your site.


The buyer is responsible for removal of any tree branches, fences, or other obstacles that may hinder access to the site or damage your building during delivery and unloading. Driveways and gate openings need to be no less than 2' wider than the base of the building, and most deliveries need at least 14' high clearance. If crossing neighboring properties is necessary, please gain permission prior to delivery. Most deliveries are done with a four wheel drive truck, but be aware that some of our buildings, especially horse barns and run-in sheds, are very heavy and if crossing yards or fields the delivery truck may leave ruts or spin marks. If the site is to wet to deliver your building, please notify us no later than 12 hours before delivery. If the delivery truck is delayed more than one hour while delivering your building due to mud or inadequate access, there may be additional delivery fees.


It is the buyer’s responsibility to obtain all necessary building permits. Always check with your local building code officer when purchasing a storage barn or horse barn. Depending on your area there may be requirements or restrictions that you may not be aware of. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding site preparation, delivery, building care, or permit requirements. We have plans or drawings available for your township supervisor if they need them.