Before you buy that new pool, for a killer price, take a close look at the above ground pool equipment. Above ground pools can be a pleasure to own, and enjoy, or a total pain in the rear. Much of it depends on the equipment included in the package.
Just about everyone these days are using automatic pool cleaners. Are you getting one of those with your pool? Is it in good condition or does it need serviced and maybe all the hoses replaced? Do consider the low cost of a new one before you sink too much into repairing a used cleaner.
A leaf skimmer, hand vacuum, pool brush and pole are more pieces of essential equipment. I always have a leaf skimmer near the pool so the kids can remove that unwanted bee before anyone panics. A hand vacuum is good to have on hand to clean up the pool after a bad dust storm. Automatic pool cleaners take too long, especially if the party is only a couple of hours away.
A good usable ladder is the last piece of valuable above ground pool equipment. Pool ladders should be strong enough to safely hold the heaviest person in your family. They should also be very smooth and liner friendly on the bottom of the inside steps. Liners are easily cut by ladders with sharp edges. A good ladder should also mount firmly to the pool top rail.
Be sure and check out my ten pages of above ground pool faq's for more important pool information.