Playset Consultations and Good Advice
Wooden swing sets don't grow on trees. Trees are easy. Plant one and off they grow. Almost every child would love to have a wooden backyard swingset like their friend down the street. If you've done your homework, you know wooden playscapes are expensive, options are almost endless, and making a decision you're comfortable with can become confusing.
We offer playset consultations. Our playset technicians are specifically trained to inspect and evaluate wooden backyard play systems for safety, durability, and functionality. Unlike a salesman representing a specific company, our experienced techs are trained to work for you. We offer an un-biased opinion for $150. If you use any of our service for repairs, upgrades, moves, etc., we'll apply 50% of the consultation to the service expense.
Buying New Playground Equipment
Wooden playscapes can be expensive, options are almost endless, and making a decision you're comfortable with can become confusing. Our consultations for new play equipment are usually centered around the family and what will be the best piece of playground equipment for your backyard. We ask questions that are relavant to your future play area.
We use this information to help you make an informed and happy decision about your purchase.
Buying Used Playsets and Swingsets
When you're trying to get the most bang from a limited budget, buying a used playset can be a good option, however, there are a limited number of swingset manufacturers making lifetime swingsets that can be passed on from one family to another. Depending on overall quality, condition and age, a used premium play system should sell for 25-50% of original cost.
The majority of swingsets found are "box sets". These "box sets" when delivered usually have 100's of parts packed in a few boxes, require lengthy assemblies and are priced in the $200-$1000 range. These are generally 5-7 year playsets, sometimes more and potentially a good purchase if they've been maintained and the current age of the play equipment gives your family time to enjoy it.
It's important to remember, wooden playsets are subjected to the elements 365/24/7 and children play hard. Ask these questions before you buy:
Call us before you buy a used playset.
We offer phone consultations at no charge.
Some used swingsets look good on the surface like the top picture. The new owner of this used playset hired us to move this to his house. He described it as, "In great condition, previous owner maintained it every year and it's free." We could post a dozen pictures to show how much was wrong with this playset, but one picture is enough. It needed about 75% replacement. The expense of labor and materials to repair was in excess of buying new. Free?
Playscape Repairs and Add-ons
It's common for parents to buy a smaller swingset made for a toddler and later realize their little rug crawler is a rock climber. The first instinct might be to get rid of it and get a new bigger one, however, your existing backyard fort could be used to make age appropriate upgrades with more challenging add-ons or accessories like monkey bars, sliding poles or even a vertical rock climbing wall. It doesn't have to be all about the kids; pull up bars, climbing ropes, and adult swings are options too. You can also add play events separate from the main structure like the free-standing 360 degree tire swing shown to the left,
Maybe the family playset is looking like it's time for retirement and it might be, but unless it looks like the one to the lower left, there could still be a chance to save it. Over the years we have repaired swingsets crushed by falling trees, uprighted wood playsets flipped in hurricane force winds, provided knowledgable labor for warranty replacements and even used parts from a playscape backed over by a concrete truck to manufacture a replacement playscape. We are ready for almost anything.
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Playset Recycling and Removal Service
If your swingset looks like this, you should call us!
There are times that the usable life of a swing set has passed and talented hands with a lifetime of skills cannot bring it back to a safe standard. When that time comes, call us to remove your playset and recycle it.
The easiest method of playset disposal is to break it down, load it up and haul it to the dump. Even though there's not much need for a used up broken down swingset and the parts are rarely usable, we feel it's wasteful to just throw it away and try to recycle as much as possible. The amount of labor it takes to strip a playset down to it's simplest parts is not at all profitable. For example, the swingset to the left yields about 50lbs. of metal at $.11/lbs. Some of the wood is usable, but is usually trash and has little to no value. Add storage of swingset parts and you end up with a playset junkyard. We sell some used parts and accessories to offset recycling expenses, but our used stock is limited and subject to availability.
Our removal fee is $225-400 depending on size and level of difficulty.
- Do they have a website? In the 21st century, what real business doesn't?
- Beware of swingset installers who don't list a phone number or an e-mail address in their ad. Where will they be next month or next year?
- Is that guy you hired to build your family swingset a criminal?
- Believe it or not finding the cheapest deal isn't always the best thing. Beware of installers who don't charge enough. They could be hard up for cash and don't care what happens after they're paid. Playset installation is always a mental challenge and hard work. A professional will know their value.