Installing a new, replacement hot tub can be a great thing, but you have to get rid of the old one. So, how much does hot tub removal cost? And how do you do it?
It seems that once a homeowner has experienced owning and using a hot tub they can't seem to live without one. At least, that's what the sales statistics for hot tubs and spas would indicate.
A vast majority of new sales of hot tubs, spas and Jacuzzis are for replacements of old appliances. Simply put, people seem to love having hot tubs. While this is good news for the manufacturers and retailers, it still presents a problem for the homeowner with an old unit to get rid of.
Old Hot Tub Disposal: Do It Yourself or Don't?
It's apparent that a homeowner can certainly dismantle and remove an old hot tub by themselves should they choose to do so. The bigger question is should they?
A quick search on Google for "how to remove an old hot tub" brings up close to 90 million results. And just on YouTube there are thousands of videos for DIY-ers who are thinking of getting rid of their old hot tub by themselves.
While it's not a task for everyone, it can be done and it still involves some costs.
But first, let's look at what's involved in DIY hot tub removal. We've created this quick checklist to walk you through the major steps in for hot tub disposal:
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Considering Your Hot Tub Disposal Options
We asked the question at the beginning of this post, "How much does hot tub removal cost?" and have also indicated that even a DIY approach will incur some costs. So, what are they?
The DIY Option
Odds are, most homeowners probably don't own the proper cutting tools needed to safely break down and disassemble a hot tub or spa. In particular, it's likely you'll need a reciprocating saw for both the outer skirt and the tub itself.
Cost: Between $30 and $150 depending on the brand and quality. (Hint: avoid the cheap ones!)
Other tools may be needed that you don't own, as well. In addition, some heavy-duty tarps will come in handy.
Cost: Anywhere from $15 to $50 or more based on size and thickness.
In addition, there are the safety goggles, work gloves, dust masks and possibly even ear protection that may need to be purchased.
Once you have successfully dismantled your appliance and have loaded into a suitable vehicle - assuming you have one - you need to dispose of it properly. But what if you have to rent a truck? That's an hourly or daily rental rate, plus mileage, plus fuel.
Then, when you arrive at the landfill or recycling facility, you will be paying fees. And that's if they will accept your old hot tub in the first place. This can be problematic in many locations.
The Pro Option
On the other hand, you can have a professional disposal firm come and take care of it all for you.
Isn't that expensive, you may ask? Not really. For example, a simple removal and disposal of an old hot tub from, say, a town in Sonoma County, California will cost between $468 - $488 at the time of this writing. And other locations can be even less.
The upside of this option is the convenience and efficiency. No tools required. No rental truck. No risk of injury or damage to a deck or patio. And no labor involved.
So, if dismantling, cutting and hauling seems a bit daunting or even more than you want to tackle, your other option is to have someone take the tub for you. Maybe even sell it if you can. But, since trying to sell your old hot tub can take a long time and quite a bit of effort, the most cost-effective and safest approach is still calling in a professional junk hauling firm.
Getting Professional Hot Tub Disposal Help
While you do have other options, Junk King provides an efficient, safe hot tub removal service so you don't need to worry about the pick-up and disposal of your old tub. We do it all - simply show us where the old hot tub is and our removal pros will break it down and carry it to our specialized truck.
Not only that, but we make sure that your old spa ends up in the right place; in some cases a recycling facility to ensure your tub is disposed of in an eco-friendly way.
Our professional and insured hot tub removal team will show up at your home or office; we call 15 minutes before we arrive on site and we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck. You point and we haul those items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
Ready to get rid of your hot tub? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. You make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).