Getting Rid of Your Old Hot Tub – So Many Choices!

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Is your hot tub an old junker that’s simply not worth fixing up anymore? Maybe it is still in fine condition but you have a new one on the way. Or, maybe you’re just over the hot tub life. In any event, your spa has to go post-haste, but how?

Don’t worry, you actually have lots of options. Let’s go over a few of the more common methods.

Trash It

Reserve this method for spas that are totally beyond repair, or maybe one that has angered you greatly. It’s a messy, but sure-fire way to get rid of a headache.

Start by draining all the water out of the spa. After removing the cabinet pieces (a sledgehammer works), use your reciprocating saw to cut the tub into easily manageable pieces. Load all of the pieces into a truck and take them to the dump.

You might want to actually call the dump to find out if they’ll accept the spa before you do any of that though.

Cut up spa
No turning back now.

Give It Away

Giving your spa away is easy, even if it’s nonfunctional at the moment. People are always searching for free stuff to fix up, either for themselves or to resell.

Look in your local classifieds for ads, there’s bound to be someone looking for hot tubs. Generally, they’ll even come to pick it up for free.

Maybe you even know someone that’s living with joint or back pain. Wouldn’t it be nice to gift them the pain relief a hot tub offers?

people loading spa on trailer
One person’s trash is another’s treasure.

Trade It!

Can you trade in your old hot tub for a new tub? Some dealers may be amenable to trade-ins, especially when new spas are in short supply.

Not getting a new tub? Maybe you can trade it for other interesting stuff. Hit up the classifieds and see what you can find!

Hot tub trade in keyboard

Sell It

Ok, maybe this was the most obvious suggestion of all, but seriously, you should only try to sell your spa if it is in good working order. If you know the pump is about to die, make sure you disclose that information to the buyer. You don’t want them to have big-time problems and come back to you.

As with any sale, you need to manage your expectations as far as what you can get for the spa. The fact that you bought it for $10K 10 years ago doesn’t mean anything. What’s more, there’s no valuation book for used spas, so you’re really flying blind.

2 people shaking hands
Seal the deal!

Repurpose it!

Maybe the most fun of all, let your creative talents reveal themselves by repurposing your spa. Ideas include:  

  • Water Feature
  • Extra Large Cat Box
  • Aquarium
  • Hydroponics Lab

The only bounds are your imagination!

Hippo spa fountain
Maybe the best example yet.

Do you have any tips or tricks for getting rid of a spa? Let me know in the comments below!


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