If you’re an avid outdoors kind of person, chances are your gear—backpacks, gun safe, fishing rods, sleeping bags, may very likely have taken over the basement and garage (that’s where my generator, mountain bikes, and coolers now reside). So, what do you do with gardening equipment, tools, and hoses? Store them in an outdoor shed, of course. Seriously, storage is always a challenge even if you’re not a gear junkie like me. And the additional storage a shed offers—for keeping firewood dry and stowing things like lawnmowers in winter and snowblowers in summer—can be a Godsend. (Just be sure you check with your city and homeowner’s association before you make your purchase as they may have restrictions on the size of shed you can have in your backyard.) Don’t know where to start your search for the perfect outdoor shed? Here are three key things that will make your buying decision easier.