Because they gather so many experts under one roof, Long Island Hot Tub appreciates the value of home shows.
But there are some out there who find the crowds, and the occasional high-pressure sales tactics, challenging to maneuver. So how are budding (and seasoned) outdoor enthusiasts, for example, to find the most innovative products, or get the best possible advice — as well as the best deals — to support their passion?
At least when it comes to hot tubs, our spa guru, Bill Renter, believes you probably won’t find the spa ideally suited for you at a home show anyway.
“A hot tub — be it a portable or in-ground custom job — is a very personal amenity. In some cases, such items at home shows consist of inventory that sellers want to let go of,” says Renter.
“It may be a good price,” he continues, “but will it be comfortable for you in the long run? Will it meet your specific needs for both fun and hydrotherapy? Such answers take a degree of self-knowledge as it relates to the spas size, shape, style, and components. This isn’t easily uncovered amid the hubbub of a busy home show.”
In the end, says Renter, for such personal special purchases, it’s okay to give in to the claustrophobia and visit the quieter showroom of a reputable dealer. Even those who specialize in one particular brand — we specialize in Bullfrog Spas, for example, — are free to help you look at a wide variety of manufacturers, not to mention taking time to discuss with you any special installation ideas or requirements that apply.
“Of course, you should always expect to get a good price this way, too,” Renter adds. “And you will be more confident about the quality, installation, and personal suitability related to your decision.”