We’ve all heard the old saying “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is”, and this can certainly be said of used hot tubs. While this may be the cheapest route initially, it can be quite expensive in the long run. Even “free” can be a costly adventure. If you’re thinking of buying a pre-owned spa, consider the following:
Relocation and Installation
Prior to even bringing it home, you’ll need to decide where to put your spa and prepare the site with a bed for it to sit on (concrete is recommended), proper plumbing, and the necessary electrical hookups. Most hot tubs require a 220 volt outlet, which you’ll need to have installed if you don’t already have one. Site preparation may not be the most exciting part of the planning process, but it’s vital to the safety, performance, and ultimate enjoyment of your hot tub.
When it comes time to actually move the hot tub, it is possible to rent a trailer and enlist the help of friends. However, this method is not recommended. Even empty hot tubs are extremely heavy (some weighing nearly a ton). They can also be quite fragile and precarious to transport. The wisest option is to hire professional movers to do this for you.
Repairs and Maintenance
Because individuals are not required to disclose underlying issues, you may discover some unwelcome surprises after your hot tub is installed. Even if the seller is unaware of any previous problems, a hot tub that has been unused for long periods of time or hasn’t been properly winterized could end up needing significant and costly repairs.
Keep in mind also that since warranties are not transferable, you will be financially responsible for any repairs. You might be one of the few lucky ones who finds a used hot tub that’s in flawless condition and runs perfectly…but what if you’re not?
Don’t Let Their Lemon Become Your Lemon
The bottom line is this: when you decide to invest in a hot tub, you can save yourself a great deal of time, money, and frustration by purchasing new from a local, reputable dealer. And when you choose Recreation Unlimited, not only will you get a high quality product, you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that your purchase is backed by a team that truly cares about your satisfaction.
Questions? Ready to find your perfect spa? Contact us today at (317) 773-3545 to speak with a hot tub specialist. We look forward to serving you!