By Nikki Thomas
Purchasing a swing set is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. Not only does it require you to find a quality product that will last a long time, but it also needs to provide safety for the little ones in your family who will be using it, and needs to fit into your personal budget as well.
The product experts at Totally Swing Sets want their customers' swing set buying experience to be positive and effortless. That is why they have collected their years of learning and experience in order to provide you with this comprehensive guide on purchasing the swing set that is perfect for your family.
As with any large purchase, you do not want to proceed with buying a swing set without doing some preparations first. You will soon discover that there are a lot of available options for play sets, so it might help to narrow down your search by starting with a few extremely important factors.
When it comes to choosing the right swing set, the right place to start is by finding out what various products are available and what options there are for each product. You may already have an idea in mind of what you want based on a swing set you've seen or one your kids already enjoy playing on, but once you start doing your research you may come across something you never knew existed or a brand that you've never heard of.
Find a Reliable Retailer
Of course, like anything, the best place to start is the internet. Each brand of swing set available has its manufacturer website as well as many retailers who offer the product. By doing in-depth research you can find who offers the best price as well as the best shipping policy, superior customer service, and ease of returns or obtaining replacement parts. Most of these websites also offer reviews of the products and their service. Allowing people who have already had experience with a particular swing set or company to guide your research is usually a great way to narrow down your choices.
Find a Quality Swing Set
Swing sets come in all shapes and sizes. Some are designed to fit smaller yards while some are built for commercial use. Some are made of wood while others are made of plastic or vinyl, metal, or a composite material. Many brands include a lot of fun features and accessories while others keep their set-up very basic. Certain manufacturers allow for customization while others only sell their products as-is. All of these factors can affect the price and quality of the swing set you purchase, so doing your research and finding the best size and construction to fit your needs is important.
One major factor that you'll want to acquire a lot of information about is the safety features of the swing set. Most of the major brands of swing sets are built and held to a high standard of safety for outdoor equipment so you can be assured that your children will be safe while climbing, sliding, and swinging. Discover which safety features are most important to you and make sure the sets you choose include those features.
As you begin and continue to research the best swing set for your backyard, ask yourself some of the following questions:
You've done your preparations and finished your research, so now it's time to make the decision and buy the swing set that both you and your kids are going to enjoy for years to come. So where do you buy the swing set and how do you get the best price? Continue reading for some last minute tips before you make your purchase.
Online vs In-store
As discussed before, swing sets can be purchased either in a retail location or online. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option, so you will need to decide which works best for your situation. The list below highlights just a few of the pros and cons to online or retail purchases.
Watch for a Sale
Just like retail locations, on-line stores offer sales on their products too. If you are not in a hurry to get your swing set it might be a wise choice to watch for a sale price. The best sales on swing sets are typically at the beginning of spring and of course, Black Friday. Many stores also allow the use of coupons which can be found in weekly ads or by searching for coupon codes online. If you're in a hurry to get your set, don't hesitate to call an online store and ask if they are willing to negotiate on their price. Or if you find a set you really like online, take their ad into your local store and ask if they are willing to offer a price match for buying locally.
Pay Attention to Shipping Costs
Most online swing set retailers offer free shipping on large products over a certain price. Before making your purchase make sure that the shipping is in fact “free”. While they may advertise free shipping this doesn't always include freight charges for oversized items. This policy can vary from site to site, so make sure this is part of your research. If you are ordering additional accessories it is wise to include them in the order with the swing set as they will then be included in the free shipping as well. Waiting until later to order accessories will usually result in additional shipping charges.
Be Familiar with the Delivery Method
Large items like a swing set are delivered via a third party freight carrier, such as ABF, Estes Express, or UPS Freight. Shipment can take anywhere from 3-7 business days depending on your location from the manufacturer. If you order from a retail store the swing set may be delivered to the store first and then a store delivery truck will make arrangements with you for delivery. While the personal delivery is an advantage it can also add to the time you might have to wait.
Freight carriers do require the customer to be available at the shipping address to meet the driver. Most do not require assistance unloading but will only deliver curbside, unless you choose to pay extra to have it delivered to a garage or backyard. When making the decision to purchase your swing set make sure you will be home during the approximate delivery window. Even if you can schedule an appointment you probably don't want your valuable swing set sitting in a warehouse for an extended period of time.
Congratulations, you're about to become the owner of a swing set, playset, or play system that will provide hours of fun for your kids and endless entertainment for your family. With these helpful tips and advice, hopefully the process was not too daunting and you're comfortable with your decision. Now that your swing set is on its way, you'll need to prepare yourself for the even more exciting task of assembly! Look for our "Guide to Swing Set Assembly" which will be available in the near future.
Still have questions?
Please give our customer service team a call at 1-800-866-3077 or email us. We are glad to answer your questions and help you pick the perfect swing set.