Most importantly, when you consider purchasing of a hot tub, you need to first figure out if you’re able to afford one and what the max amount you’d be able to spend is. Depending on the material and size of the hot tub, they can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousands. For smaller budgets and those that are looking for quick-and-easy installation there is the option of an inflatable hot tubs.
However if you’d like a hot tub to use all year round and that can be customized to fit your backyard’s size and decor then it’s important to set a realistic budget into place. The more expensive the hot tub, the better the quality will be and the more features it will have. It’s up to you to figure out what you can afford and what you ultimately want out of owning a hot tub.
Along with your budget, you will need to figure out and account for any additional costs that you may encounter. Being able to afford a hot tub is useless if you wont be able afford the upkeep. Some of these costs will hit you unexpectedly, costing you money that you didn’t plan on spending. In order to help make you more aware, here are a few extra costs that may pop up that you need to be aware of.
A sturdy foundation: you are going to need a sturdy foundation for your hot tub to be placed on. If you currently don’t have one, you will need to look into installing a deck, pouring cement, laying out gravel, or etc.
Electrical line: you will need to have an outlet that is capable of handling 220 volts of electricity. If you don’t have one, you will need to have one installed before you can use your hot tub.
Electricity bill: having a hot tub will undoubtedly increase your electric bill. Depending on the usage and the quality of the tub, your bill could increase substantially.
General Maintenance: On a weekly basis you’re going to need to check and add chemicals to your hot tub. Just like owning a pool, you need to make sure the water is clean and chemically balanced. In order to do so, chemicals will need to purchased. Also, you will need to scrub and vacuum the tub to assure it stays clean along with purchasing replacement parts as needed. All together this could cost up to a couple hundred dollars every few months.
Accessories: you may find that you will need or want to purchase a cover, steps, speakers, canopy, cup holders, a TV, or any other accessory you can think of. Doing so is not required, but if you want them it could potentially cost you a pretty penny. Not to mention any of the maintenance or replacement costs that go with the accessories.
Since you are considering purchasing a hot tub, I’m sure you have a slight idea of what features you either want or need to have. If not, check out the list below to give yourself an idea of some of the different features available.
As previously mentioned, you’ll need to have a place in mind of where you’re going to put your hot tub. Also, you’ll need to make sure that the surface for your hot tub is flat and sturdy. If your’re going to keep the hot tub outdoors, its ability to hold in heat is important. However, if you plan on placing it indoors then you will need to make sure that you have a surface ready and the ability to get the tub to its final destination.
How do you plan on using a hot tub? Depending on how you plan on using it, different features are going to make more sense for you. For example, if you’re planning on using your hot tub for hydrotherapy, the jet functions, placement, and pressure is going to be a important. If you’re just using it to relax the jets may not be important, but a built in stereo could be a must have for you.
If you have a larger family or are constantly having people over, you’ll want to make sure that the hot tub has enough room and seats to accommodate for the amount of people that are going to be using it. Also, you will want to make sure that the tub will work for the height and weight of everyone. You’ll want to make sure that the seats are large enough and that there is enough leg room.
Before you make any large purchase, it’s important to understand what the warranty will cover and how long it lasts. Most hot tubs will come with a standard warranty, which will vary slightly depending on the manufacturer. In some cases, you will be able to purchase an upgraded warranty package so you can be sure that everything you need to be covered is. However, when going over the warranty information keep in mind that a hot tub could last up to 15-20 years.