While our delivery teams are experts at what they do, there are still some things you can do to prepare for their arrival. Here are our top six tips for making sure your hot tub delivery is as efficient and hassle-free as possible.
1. Clearly mark the desired location
Before you schedule your hot tub delivery, make sure you have an ideal location picked out. Read our guide on how to choose the perfect hot tub location for tips on everything you need to take into consideration, because trust us, even without water, you don’t want to have to adjust the position of your hot tub after the delivery team has left.
Once you’ve settled on a spot, you’ll want to clearly mark it so the delivery team knows exactly where to leave your hot tub. Using painter’s tape, mark small “L” shapes on the ground where the outside corners of your spa will sit. If you don’t know the exact dimensions of your spa, consult the owner’s manual, check the product page online, or ask your dealer.
2. Thoroughly measure the delivery path
The next step is to check that there is an accessible pathway to get your spa from the street to its final destination. Your path needs to be at least as wide as the height of your hot tub since most deliveries are done by maneuvering the spa safely on its side. In particular, look for any tight corners or obstructions that might stick out from the side of your house, such as air conditioners or gas meters.
Another thing that many people fail to consider is the additional vertical clearance required. Using your spa’s width as a guide (again, it will most likely be transported on its side), make sure there are no low overhangs or branches that will get in the way. If you have a backyard fence with a smaller gate, you may even need to remove a section of the fencing to get the spa safely through.
If you don’t think a traditional delivery is possible for your space, consult with your delivery crew well in advance so a crane can be contracted. While not an uncommon practice, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get a crane on-site the day of your delivery without scheduling it ahead of time.
3. Clean up and inspect your space
Before the delivery team arrives, go through and clean up your yard. Patio furniture, children’s toys, garden hoses, and other lawn equipment can be a huge obstruction and potential safety hazard if they’re not moved out of the way.
The same applies to large sticks, rocks, and other natural objects. If your path contains steps or an especially uneven surface, be sure to inform your delivery team in advance so they can prepare accordingly.
4. Coordinate with your electrician
Most newer models of Cal Spas hot tubs require a dedicated 220V connection to an outside electrical panel. Fortunately, the vast majority of this wiring can be set up before your hot tub is even delivered, so be sure to contact a local electrician as soon as you can.
If possible, schedule them for the same day as your drop-off so they can coordinate with the delivery team and complete the connection all in one visit. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy your new hot tub without any unnecessary delays.
5. Don’t forget about your pets
Your hot tub delivery day can be a very exciting time, and this is especially true for any canine members of your family. Plenty of unfamiliar faces will be moving through their yard and gates and doors may have to be left open for a short period of time.
To avoid the stress of dealing with a wound-up pup, you may want to consider having a friend or family member take them for the day. If that’s not an option, most doggy daycares offer reasonable one-day rates.
6. Give your neighbors a heads up
There’s no avoiding the fact that your neighbors are going to be jealous of your brand-new hot tub—but don’t give them any reason to be upset. We recommend letting them know a day or two in advance, especially if the delivery path goes anywhere near their property line, as they may have curious pets or small children to consider as well.
The best part is, this presents a perfect opportunity for you to invite them to come over and share in a soak once your hot tub is installed and ready to entertain.
You’re now ready for the arrival of your Cal Spas hot tub
When the day you’ve been waiting for finally arrives and the delivery truck pulls up outside your home, head outside and introduce yourself to the team leader. They’re going to ask you to show them where you want your hot tub and discuss the best options to get it there.
Once the team has what they need, you can sit back, relax, and daydream about all the rejuvenating soaks you’ll soon have in your brand-new Cal Spa.