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Used Hot Tubs - Read this before buying anything Part 2

How Much Should it Cost?

Even if you get a used spa for a great price, there will be more costs after the initial purchase. Here’s a rundown of the possible extra expenses.

Power Connection – You’ll need an electrician to wire the spa at your home, including a GFCI Disconnect. You also may have to pay an electrician to disconnect it from its previous location, depending on the seller. If you are qualified to do electric wiring, you can save £1000+ by doing it yourself.

Read our guide to Wiring a Hot Tub. Here Soon!!

Delivery – Hot tubs are large and usually require a few friends, flat dollies, and a flatbed truck or trailer. It might be worth spending a bit more to hire a moving company to transport the spa easily, without damage.

Setup – You need a concrete pad, patio or deck with the right load rating. If you don't have that, you’ll need to install a level surface for the spa.

Read more about Site Selection and Setup. Here Soon!!

Cover – Spa covers don't last forever, and often need replacement when buying a used hot tub. If the cover is heavy or the vinyl in poor condition, get a new, more energy efficient hot tub cover.

Filters – Replace all filters in a used spa before use. Dirty filters are not sanitary.

Repair – The cost of repairs will depend on the condition of the spa and the service technician’s fee. You can save on the service call by doing the work yourself, using the knowledge in our How-to Guides.

Chemicals – You will need some supplies to get started. Spa chemicals are less effective over time. It’s best to buy new supplies in lieu of taking the seller’s collection of old chemicals.

Accessories – Although not required for spa operation, steps, a cover lifter, and a handrail make the spa easier to use.

Original Price

Just like with a car, a new hot tub depreciates significantly the moment you use it for the first time. Sellers that use the original price as a starting point can over-value their spa by hundreds or thousands of dollars/Pounds.

The tub may still be in good condition, but part of the original price included a warranty. It also included a brand new cover, filters, and often delivery, none of which you will be receiving.

The first owner may have overpaid for the hot tub in the first place. If purchased from a spa dealer, their initial cost included a huge mark-up, which NOT passes on to you.

After You Buy

Once you find a used spa that works for you, there are a few things to do before enjoying it.


Most used hot tubs will need some work before you can fill them up. Even if the hot tub is in good condition, expect to do repair work within the first year of ownership.

Common repairs include installing a new heater element, plumbing work, and ozonator replacement. These easy fixes can be done by almost anyone and are usually inexpensive.

More costly repairs might include replacing the Pump or Control System. Performing repair work yourself and buying parts online will save you significantly over marked-up parts and labour from a dealer..


It is important to deep clean a used hot tub before use. Just scrubbing the spa interior, without full-system decontamination, could result in a rash or infection from microbes lurking in plumbing.

A deep cleaning should include a Spa System Flush, super-chlorination and filters, replacement.

Chemical Routine

Once the hot tub is decontaminated and filled, keep the water balanced and sanitized to perform properly and stay clean. Start with brand new bottles and store them in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

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