With Easter weekend now just 2 days away, this long weekend is oneÃ‚Â of the best weekends of the year for snapping up bargain hot tub deals before the main Summer season kicks in.Ã‚Â Hot tub showrooms will be selling off any remaining 2006 ex-display models at knock down prices as US manufactured 2007 hot tubs start to hit the UK shores.
Again, here are some of my top tips to buying the right hot tub model:
- Shop locally – Hot tubs are specialist items and therefore you will need specialist after-sales and service support for years to come.Ã‚Â If you buy from someone in Outer Mongolia the chances of getting them out for any advice or warranty work is negligable to non-existant.Ã‚Â Be safe, check out the local hot tub showroooms and the professionalism of the staff and put as muchÃ‚Â effort intoÃ‚Â choosing the right spa retailer as you do in choosing the hot tub model that you eventually buy.
- Wet Test, Wet Test, Wet Test – Another reason to buy from a hot tub showroom rather than a picture on ebay…you can’t tell by looking if a spa will suit you for comfort, depth and hydrotherapy without jumping in and trying it first.Ã‚Â Always take the family as the water depth will change with the number of hot tub bathers (displacement…physics and stuff!) and always wet test the actual hot tub model that you are interested in buying rather than a similiar one in the range.Ã‚Â Professional spa retailers will have great facilities for wet testing in private so that you can have at least half an hour to try each hot tub model.Ã‚Â If you’re not too shy, always get the staff to demonstrate the spa features whist you’re in it so that you can get the best from the spa rather than trying to remember what they said in their presentation.
- Getting the right deal – Take Dom Littlewood’s approach and negotiate!Ã‚Â Hot tubs are big ticket items and the more expensive the tub generally the more retailers will have to play with so work on the price and try to get any extras like delivery, installation, commissioning, steps, cover lifters and chemicals thrown in.Ã‚Â If you’re feeling really cheeky go for a free bottle of bubbly and some robes/towels/rubber ducks…keep asking until they say no or throw you out!Ã‚Â Remember you’re not trying to put them out of business as you do actually want them to make a profit and stay in business to offer that invaluable after-sales support.
- Always pay by credit card – Always pay your hot tub deposit which should be maximum 30% of the final balance by credit card.Ã‚Â This covers you if the spa retailer runs off with the milkman or goes belly up in the period between paying your deposit and delivering your hot tub.Ã‚Â Even if there is a surcharge (should be no more than 2%) still use this payment option as it offers real peace of mind.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â If you are requested to pay the whole final balance before receipt of yourÃ‚Â hot tub, ensure that you pay by credit card…again this will afford you the protection of your credit card supplier should anything go wrong.
That’s about it for now.Ã‚Â Happy Easter hot tub shopping.
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