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How about insurance liability? Does one need to increase coverage?
Great information, thank you for bringing this up. Hire a professional spa maintenance person to maintain the hot tub. I have a contract for both of my rental properties and the guy charges $25/visit/property and comes once/week. He makes the necessary water, chemical and other adjustments as needed using my chemicals. It's worth it. Don't rely on your cleaners to do this very important job. The cleaners cut corners and don't usually have insurance; the spa professionals have insurance.
Our property came with a hot tub when we purchased it in 2004. We enjoyed it very much and used it as much as possible. When we started using the property for vacation rentals in 2006 we didn't know what to do about the hot tub. We decided to give it a try and allow guests to use it. We had a liability clause put into the rental agreement that had to be signed as well as a list of instructions. The first summer went great. Everybody enjoyed it and respected the instructions. The second summer, the hot tub was destroyed in 1-week by visiting guests. I found 3" of sand in the bottom of the hot tub, most of the water was gone, the pump seized from being run without enough water in it, the temperatue was jacked way up and the cover was not locked. The hot tub was beyond repair. It would have cost more to fix it than it would have to buy a new one. We were going to try again with another hot tub for this upcoming summer, but during an appraisal on the property we found out that the town had been charging us $1,800.00 per year in real estate taxes for the outside hot tub. I guess my point is, make sure to weigh all your options, do all of your research and then make the decision that is best for you before you go to the expense of adding a hot tub to your property. It may not be worth the additional expense.
Maggie @ Decks House
Thank you very much. I have a jacuzzi, but chose not to provide it to guests. In the summer it was listed as a "cool water jacuzzi". But I found that few guests really used it. For all the work involved, we decided not to provide it to our customers. We are still having Great bookings with out it being available. I would say 5% of the persons would have wanted one. Note: I also offer temporary access to Meducal University SC spa facility instead: large olympic pool, yoga classes, exercise room, etc, for $10 a day. However, the guests do not appear interested in this. I guess they come to Charleston SC for the historic aspects and the Pacific Ocean. So bottom line, jacuzzi, or health spa does not appear to be a draw. So, we are happy to offer the tiki outdoor kitchen and the Roof Deck as our main features plus a convenient location between the Beach and Historic Downtown, in a peaceful neighborhood with a Dock park overlooking the Marsh at the end of the street, and easy access to everything. This appears to be working for us.