Local area Realtors have come to my husband and me for years, to perform hot tub integrity inspections, or to remove spas from homes being sold.
Surprisingly, very few people take their hot tub with them when they move, even though most are portable.
Listing a home with a hot tub or spa can be good or bad – good if it’s a beautiful, fairly new spa in a great location, but bad if run-down; in need of some TLC.
Some wise realtors may ask the seller to remove the spa if in very bad condition, while other spas can be spruced up with a new spa cover, and a quick coat of stain on the cabinet.
Moving a Spa: Most moving companies can handle the transfer, although folks moving locally may use a local spa company with special dollies and trailers to transport it, who then can also hook up the spa at the new location, if proper power is available. Moving a spa usually costs $400-$600, depending on the size of the tub and the distance being transferred, more if electrical work is needed.
Removing a Spa: The same spa service companies can be called for a removal price. If the spa is in good condition, they may even remove it for free, if they are in the business of refurbishing and reselling used spas. If not, the cost for removal to a landfill should be less than the cost to move a spa to a new location, which any junk removal company can do.
When a spa or hot tub conveys with a home sale, it has to be clean, hot and in full working order to be an asset to the home.
 Spa pump(s) should operate on command, and be fairly quiet.
 If equipped, blowers should operate on command; and be fairly quiet.
 The water should be 104°, hot and steamy when the cover is lifted.
 The water quality should appear clean and clear.
 Cabinet, cover and interior surfaces should be clean and bright.
 Inspect electrical connections and look for any leaks or puddles.
Other advanced features that you may find on late model spas include small waterfalls, lighting and music. Some even have small televisions that pop up from beneath the cabinet.
If the seller is not occupying the home, you can arrange for a pool or spa service company, or your knowledgeable handyman, to clean and maintain the spa water. A basic spa service call would include:
 cleaning the spa filter
 cleaning the spa
 testing the chemistry
 balancing chemistry
 adding sanitizer
 checking heater, blower
 adding water if needed
 Securing the spa cover
 Report any problems
When a spa or hot tub conveys with a home sale, the buyers may want to know that an average spa uses $100-$200 per year in electricity, $100 per year in chemicals, and another $100 per year for replacement of spa covers or spa filters, and the occasional, hopefully rare spa component repair. Total ownership costs for a spa or hot tub should average around $300-$400 per year.
What’s the difference between a spa or a hot tub? Well, we wrote an entire blog post on the topic, but basically, a hot tub is a wood structure with a simple bench and a few jets. A spa is an acrylic or fiberglass tub or shell, with a blower, and multiple jets, some with as many as 90 jets!
A word on the spa cover. An ugly spa cover really makes the entire spa look junky and funky. Insulated spa covers can last 5-7 years before needing replacement at $300-$500. A spa cover in good condition will fit the spa well, and attach to the cabinet or floor via locking strap clips. It should not be waterlogged, or excessively heavy, nor have any tears in the material, on the outside or underside of the cover.
Dull & ugly spa covers can be spruced up with our spa cover cleaners and conditioners, to like-new condition. Covers that are broken, waterlogged or torn can be replaced quickly using our online spa cover order page.
One more tip – if the spa pump or heater is not working, it may be better to drain the spa, if it cannot or will not be repaired. Then gives buyers the option to ask for spa repair or removal before closing, or take it in as-is condition.
When Should a Realtor Advise a Seller to Renovate or Remove the Spa?
🙂 Here’s some examples of when you might want to have that conversation – from uglyhousephotos.com
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