Things to consider when buying a spa
Hot tubs can be a fun addition to your backyard. They can be used for a relaxing evening or to host a meeting of friends. They are also flexible with the seasons and can be enjoyed in summer as well as in winter.
Despite all the benefits hot tubs seem to have, there are a few costs to consider before you take the plunge and purchase one. Let’s discuss the installation and maintenance costs you should expect when buying a spa.
How much does a new hot tub cost?
Hot tub fee ranging from $ 3,000 for a low-end model to $ 18,000 for a high-end model. Aside from the price, the differences between lower and higher end spas will be maintenance and durability, which means higher end models are prone to less damage and tend to have longer life.
At the bottom of the ladder is the wooden hot tub, often made from redwood, cedar, or teak. They are the more traditional choice for hot tubs and are fairly easy to install. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the acrylic hot tub, which is heavier and more expensive due to its durable material. They also have a more attractive aesthetic than a wooden hot tub.
There’s also the option of installing a built-in hot tub if you’re willing to shell out a lot of money – we’re talking $ 15,000 to $ 20,000. This is mainly due to the cost of installation and materials, since an inground hot tub will need to be made of poured concrete, like a traditional hot tub. pool. We’ll talk more about the installation process and costs later.
Even at the low end of the scale, $ 3,000 can seem expensive, but remember, this is one of the few upfront costs you will have to pay for your spa. Some companies offer financing for a hot tub, dividing the big payment into monthly installments, often with additional interest until they are fully paid off. You can also use a Personal loan to purchase your spa.
Besides the initial cost of the spa, there are the accessories. Certain accessories, such as jets, pumps and ozone sanitizers, may be included in the price of the spa. Others can be add-ons that you can pay for separately. Here are a few that you should consider purchasing:
- Spa Cover – Prevents leaves and other debris from entering the spa
- Lighting – creates ambiance while helping to avoid injury
- Weatherproof staircase – allows easy and safe access into the tub
Unlike the cost of the hot tub, the accessories may not be a one-time payment as they tend to wear out more. For example, a spa cover can cost between $ 50 and $ 400, depending on the quality of the cover, and just like buying a lower end spa, expect less durability from a cheaper cover. . Be sure to budget for possible accessory replacements from time to time, depending on your needs.
The monthly costs of chemicals and maintenance are another on-going expense rather than one-off. Your spa water should be tested weekly for chlorine, pH and alkalinity balances and appropriate disinfectant levels. If you have purchased an ozone sanitizer for your spa, you will find that it cleans and kills most bacteria and viruses. However, you will still need to regularly monitor your spa treatment.
Monthly chemical costs can range from $ 20 to $ 65, depending on whether or not you have an ozone sanitizer. In addition, every four months you will need to completely drain, clean, refill, and rebalance your spa with clean water. You will also need to replace the filter every four months.
Now that you know what the costs are for the spa alone, let’s discuss how much you should expect to pay for transportation, delivery (if applicable), and installation of a spa.
How much does it cost to install a Hub tub?
The costs of installing a spa vary depending on a few factors that you will need to sort out before purchasing. Before entering your local home improvement store or spa retailer, ask yourself the following questions:
- Where do you put the hot tub?
- Is it above ground or buried?
- Are you paying for professional installation or are you going to DIY?
There are a few pros and cons when deciding whether to install your spa outdoors or indoors. To install a spa outdoors, you will need a concrete base that can support the weight of the spa, which costs homeowners an average of $ 2,500. You will also need to install the electrical and plumbing that can be used by the spa, ranging from $ 200 for an electrical outlet to $ 5,000 for the trenches and plumbing pipes.
Installing your spa indoors, even in a conservatory, will require the same installation process as outdoors, but with the additional installation of a ventilation system. This is necessary not only to control the humidity in the room, but also to keep the smell of chemicals properly ventilated; Breathing them in an unventilated room can be dangerous for your health.
Installing your spa outdoors also allows the option of an above ground or buried installation, which is the next decision you will need to make. For an in-ground spa, the installation process will be similar to that for above-ground spas, in that you will need to install the necessary plumbing and electrical.
However, there is also the added cost of digging your yard, pouring concrete, and repairing your landscaping when the spa is installed. This process brings the cost of the spa and its installation to $ 20,000. There’s also the fact that an inground hot tub will need to be professionally installed, so there’s no way to cut costs.
You can optionally install an above ground spa yourself; However, due to the weight and size of the spa, you will need to hire professional transportation and installation equipment which could run in excess of $ 700. Not to mention, you’ll definitely need to get a few friends to help with the work, as it typically takes up to six people to set up a hot tub. The worst-case scenario for a professional installation will be around $ 300, so it’s worth consulting a professional for your spa installation.
Again, you must consider that the installation will be a one-time initial cost that you will have to pay with the purchase of the spa. When you decide where to place the spa, and whether you want it above or in the ground, you will be in a better position to determine exactly how much the installation will cost you.
How many years does an outdoor spa last?
There are several arguments that vary as to the lifespan of an outdoor spa, but most sources seem to agree that a low-end hot tub will last between three and five years, while a high-end hot tub can last you 15 to 20 years.
The life of an outdoor spa is based on factors such as:
- The quality of the parts (pump, filter, ozone disinfectants, etc.)
- The overall design
- The making
As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for” and hot tubs are no exception. While you can save money by purchasing a lower end spa rather than the high end one, the overall quality of parts, design and manufacture of the spa will decrease, simultaneously reducing the life of the hot tub.
Alternatively, spending a little more money on a mid-range or high-end hot tub may mean more money up front, but it also means a longer lifespan, as the parts and design will reflect the hot tub price.
Of course, price and construction mean nothing if you don’t maintain your spa regularly. By performing weekly cleanings and tests on your spa, you may be able to extend its life.
However, it doesn’t hurt to seek warranties for all spa maintenance that you cannot control. Look for warranties that last for a few years, so that you have guaranteed service in the event of an unexpected failure. Read the warranty carefully to see what is covered. Most sources suggest that you include:
- Structural damage – up to $ 1,500 in repair costs
- Jet – up to $ 75 per jet in repair costs
- Pump – up to $ 500 in repair costs
- Heating element – up to $ 300 in repair costs
Wear and tear is inevitable with spas, so expect to have your spa serviced or repaired at least a few times during its life. That is why it is important to buy a guarantee. This may increase the overall cost, but it could save you money down the road. In fact, most homeowners can spend $ 2,301 on spa repairs, so it can be beneficial to have a warranty.
If you don’t want to purchase a warranty, at least consider having your spa serviced every year or so. Most spa repairers charge around $ 200 for basic inspection and repairs, but are able to pinpoint a problem before it becomes a costly repair.
As you can see, there is a lot to consider before purchasing a spa, but knowing the upfront and ongoing maintenance costs can help you better prepare to become a spa owner.
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