It is becoming more and more common when buying a home that included in the sale is the seller’s old hot tub. That was the case for recent Best Hot Tubs’ clients, in Windham, NY.
“They quickly discovered that the old hot tub leaked, and they called us to repair it,” says Bill Renter, owner of Best Hot Tubs (Windham, Farmingdale, Westbury/NY).
“The spa was 15 years old and had a lot of problems. We’ve learned through years of experience that when a key part isn’t working, as was the case here, it’s hard to tell if any of the other parts are also broken. You won’t know until the key element is repaired. This often means we have to return several times and, it could happen that one ends up spending thousands on repairs.”
On one visit to repair their hot tub, Bill opened it up to show them the insides. The internal wood-frame construction had gotten wet from the leaks, which had long ago softened the wood.
“Soft wood makes it easy for rodents and other critters to chew their way into the hot tub; in this case there were a lot of rodent droppings inside the guts of the tub.”
And it’s not just the repairs that can make it not cost effective to repair an old spa, says Bill. Today’s Bullfrog Spas are so much more energy efficient to run than other spas that over time you make back a lot of your money just in energy savings.
“We’re talking about operating a Bullfrog Spa for about $25 per month, as opposed to $75-$100 per month with other hot tubs,” he says.