Is the hot tub not so hot? If you’re looking for a way to quickly and easily remove your old hot tub, prepare for some serious lifting – a hot tub that weighs more than 500 pounds on top of you can be tough to move! Even with a tiny team of helpers, hot tub removal can still be pretty difficult. But don’t despair – removing a hot tub is easy if you know what you’re doing and have done it before. To help you out, here’s a list of tips for hot tub removal: * Plan your operation – Before you tear into that old hot tub with a nail gun or some other destructive device, make sure you’ve thought through how you’re going to go about your removal first. This will save you time and money in the long run.
* Hire Hot Tub Removal – If you’re feeling brave, tearing into that old hot tub on your own might be the best idea. But if you want to avoid spending your money on a professional service (and who does? ), try calling around and asking local services for referrals to local contractors. Many people are happy to help out, especially if you ask nicely.
* Do it yourself – The best way to get rid of an old hot tub is to tear it down yourself. In most cases, you’ll need to haul something, possibly a boat, a crane, or even a dump truck (depending on how extensive the job is). The best thing to do in this situation is to have an assistant ready if you need help. You also want to be sure that the job is done right the first time. A hard work/labor job doesn’t make for good memories, but the right preparation and the right tools mean you won’t have to worry about that problem.
* Research the best products/technologies – Hot tub disposal is a major problem these days. Many companies are offering their own version of it, and it can be a tough decision to choose between them. Choose a company that gives you the best options; don’t take the chance of ending up with nothing at the end of the day. A great removal company will give you as much information as possible about each product and let you give it a whirl in the removal department before making a final decision.
* Know the cost – Unless you’re a bigamist masochist, you know that hot tub removal prices can vary quite slightly. Some companies offer their own equipment to haul your things away; others will charge you for it. There’s no real middle ground. So be aware of the costs upfront so you don’t accidentally shell out more money than you thought you could. A reputable removal service should quote you a price before giving you a quote on the actual disposal, not after.
* Know how long it will take – When you get estimates, ask specifically what the average cost per hour is for disposal. Also, inquire about the average time frame. An average cost might mean different things to different people. If you have any ideas about how long it will take, ask your removal company so you can get a definite figure.
To make sure you get an accurate estimate, always go to the same company for your hot tub removal and hot tub hauling needs over again. You want a firm that will give you an accurate assessment of your situation and not change things once the job has been done. Also, don’t sign any contracts until you’ve talked to the company and gotten an idea of what they will do for you. Make sure they don’t try to force you into anything they aren’t comfortable with and that they give you plenty of time to think it through. The average time frame is generally one to two weeks, and it may vary depending on your circumstances.
* Understand the process – When you read through a contract, especially if there’s a hot tub removal and hauling component included, ask if you must do any heavy lifting or other tasks. Most companies won’t tell you this unless you ask, but it’s best to be aware of what’s going on, so you don’t end up surprises. Many companies will have someone at the site to help lift the equipment for you and let you know if they use harnesses or chains and what safety precautions are involved. If you don’t understand what’s required of you, it’s best to ask.