Now that it is time to replace it, I am determined to select a great unit that will last long after the kids have outgrown it. I learned an expensive lesson the hard way with my first purchase. All Swing Sets are Not Created Equal. I have a been doing my research and I want to share my knowledge with you, in the event that you are a first time swing set shopper, to help you get the most bang for your buck!
Be Forward Thinking
The first tip I have to offer is to think long term. This was my fatal flaw initially. I went for immediate gratification with no consideration of how this investment would work out for us in the years to come. While it is tempting to buy something that works right now, you have to keep in mind that kids grow so fast! My kids are unimpressed with the 'baby' options their current set offers, but 2 years ago, they thought it was the best thing to ever happen to a kid.
Consider Space and Placement
Our swing set currently doesn't fit in our yard. We have had to make it work, which severely limits the fun for the kids. If I had been educated about space requirements, I would have made a different selection. It is a good rule of thumb to add 6 feet on each side of the swing set to ensure you have proper space. 6 feet of clearance is needed for safety and optimal play! You also want to place to set in a location that makes it easy for you to see the kids playing from different areas of the house and yard.
Consider Quality, Material, and Installation
Wood sets blend nicely into the backyard but may require staining from time to time to keep them looking their best. The Old School Style of swing sets are prone to rusting from the elements, plastic sets are more expensive usually but offer the peace of mind of no splinters. It is important to consider if you can assemble the set on your own, or if it will need to be installed by professionals. This is the hidden cost for many shoppers as they don't realize, installation can sometimes cost almost as much as the swing set!
A swing set is an investment in family fun. There are options for every budget, which is a great thing, but with smart shopping, you might be able to score deep discounts. Purchase off-season for great sale prices. Inquire about buying the display model at the end of the season and enjoy special savings.
You can purchase modular sets that allow you to expand as the kids get older. This is a great way to start a swing set on a budget and add all of the cool features that will make the kids giddy, as they are old enough to enjoy them! A 3-year-old doesn't need a lot of bells and whistles in a swing set, but they can't stay 3 forever. A modular allows you to customize a set to meet your kids' unique interests as they grow.
I hope these tips help you to make an informed decision when you are shopping for a swing set for your backyard! Don't forget to check the Blue Digger shop for Swing sets and accessories!
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