Searching for the right bounce house can take a long time, depending on what the size and style, who the primary user will be, and how often you plan on using it. However, once you find the right one at a price that you can safely afford, it will have been worth the extra time you spent looking and comparing the many, many options. As you wait for your bounce house to show up, there are several ways that you can prepare for setting it up and using it right out of the box. It never hurts to be prepared and knowledgeable about a desired product.
Typically, your bounce house will take anywhere from 1-5 business days to reach your location. The exact time is entirely dependent on how far away you live from the shipping location of the bounce house company. If you live in the same or bordering state as the shipping company, it will take approximately 1 to 2 days to arrive at your door. Inversely, if you place an order from a company located on the opposite coast, it will take, on average, five days to arrive. Regardless of the company you choose, your package will be tracked through the mailing system so you will always have an idea where your package is. As you wait, consider measuring out the plot of your yard both while you search for the bounce house and as the order is in transit. You may have an ideal area picked out already, but it never hurts to have an alternate location in the event of a storm or pre-planned event taking up that space.
When the inflatable device arrives at your house, you will have to sign for the package. The box that the device ships in will be too large to fit in your mailbox, but small enough to be easily carried by the mailman or shipping company. Open the box as soon as you wish. Inside, you should find the bounce house itself, along with a handful of accessories. These additional products vary from type to type, but all of them typically include a custom blower to power and inflate the device, as well as an over-sized storage bag to keep all the bounce house pieces in once the day is done.
There is no need to “break in” your bounce house. The fabric that makes up your bounce house, either polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or woven oxford cloth, is strong and durable enough to be used immediately without any risk of operational damage. However, since it has been folded up in its storage container in mail transit for multiple days, it may be slightly stiff as you unpack it and lay it out flat on the set-up grounds. As a result, the first time you set up and inflate your bounce house will take slightly longer than average to fully blow up. After the first set-up, the bounce house will become accustomed to the process and will inflate at a faster rate.