5 Tips for Getting a Good Deal on Your Personal Bowling Alley

According to the United States Bowling Congress, more than 70 million people across the U.S., bowl every year. Nearly 2 million of these are on leagues.

If you’re one of these numerous people who’s passionate about bowling, you may have thought about putting a personal bowling alley in your home.

What could be better than being able to come home, have dinner, then slip right into your bowling shoes for a few games? Not much, but most people are worried about the cost of a home bowling alley.

Keep reading to find out five ways you can get a great deal on a personal bowling alley so you can have one installed right away.

1. DIY Some of the Work

One of the best ways to save money while building a home bowling alley is to do as much of the work yourself as possible. If you need to take out a wall to make enough room, for example, grab a sledgehammer and remove it yourself.

Depending on where you want your custom bowling alley, you may be able to do a lot of the preparation work beforehand.

2. Buy Used Equipment

Buying brand new equipment for your personal bowling alley is what’s going to send the price soaring. Consider looking around for used pinsetters and ball returns from bowling alleys that are renovating or replacing older equipment.

Don’t be afraid to ask around at local bowling alleys to see if any of them are considering getting rid of any of their equipment for any reason.

If something is being replaced because it’s broken, they may give it to you for free instead of throwing it out. In this case, get an estimate for how much it will cost to fix before taking it to ensure you’ll actually save money this way.

3. Just Get the Essentials

While having a legitimate ball rack, table, and chairs is a fun way to bring the feel of a real bowling alley into your home, these costs can add up quickly. Consider using chairs and tables you already have and leave your balls in their bags.

4. Use Paper Scorecards

Electronic bowling score systems can be expensive whether you choose to buy or rent one. That’s why one of the easiest ways to save money on a bowling alley is to use paper scorecards instead.

Keeping track of scores requires only a little simple math, so there’s no reason why you can’t use a pencil and paper instead of a computer system.

5. Negotiate

If you have something to offer the company installing your bowling alley, consider negotiating for a lower price. For example, if you run a marketing firm, offer highly discounted or even free marketing for them.

Ready to Get Your Personal Bowling Alley?

Now you know five ways you can save money while having a personal bowling alley built in your home. As you can see, it’s easier and more affordable than you think to have this great form of home entertainment.

If you’re ready to get your home bowling alley, contact us today. We’d be more than happy to provide an estimate for you so you know exactly what you need to get started.

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