The Met Office is avoiding a prediction, but according to Positive Weather Solutions (http://tinyurl.com/y9jxjay) the UK is set for a great summer, so it’s time to implement some garden improvements and cover all bases with a hot tub, swim spa or a new swimming pool, as these can be used whatever the weather!
Outdoor activity is great for family fun and getting children out in the fresh air and active rather than being stuck indoors. Swimming is an easy and fun way for families to spend time together, keep fit and is also a great way to encourage children to be sporty and fit from a young age.
Adding something as eye catching as a swimming pool or hot tub can bring fantasy to the garden and create a tranquil environment for the family. They can be designed to stay in keeping with house and garden design, any shape and size and to fit every budget.
The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) and The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) are the trade associations for swimming pools and hot tubs which ensure contractors and suppliers meet industry standards to make usage safe.
Ten top tips when buying a hot tub and/or swimming pool:
1) Always choose a SPATA or BISHTA member so that you can be assured that your purchase will be built to industry standards. You may wish to check the company is a current member of either BISHTA and / or SPATA by contacting the office, or checking the relevant website (details below).
2) Ensure the contractor can show at least two examples of the type of hot tub or pool that you want. Ask past clients for their feedback on the contractors’ professionalism and ability to hit agreed deadlines
3) Check the contractor is able to do all of the work involved, or ensure that they have regular sub contractors that are used
4) Ensure the contractor agrees to start work when needed; make this a stipulation in the contract
5) Ask who will be responsible for after-sales maintenance and service
6) Find out if there are any Local Authority consents required (e.g. Planning, Building Regulations, etc.)
7) Ask the installer what the proposed method of dealing with increased costs and extra works will be
8) Find out what method of water treatment is proposed
9) Check the warranties on the products
10) Find out who is responsible for site clearance and subsequent reinstatement