How To Buy A Hot Tub
A hot tub can be a great investment for homeowners. Not only does it increase a home’s market value, but it can also provide hours of fun and entertainment. The purchase of a hot tub should always be considered carefully. After all, it is a relatively large investment and anyone considering purchasing a hot tub should be certain they will be using it regularly. Once the hot tub is installed, it’s likely that friends and neighbors will want to have all their parties there, so habitual use will probably not be a problem.
Before shopping for a hot tub, consider where it should be placed. A patio or deck is always the best option as the hot tub will likely place 100 to 150 pounds per square foot of weight on the surface. When deciding where to place the hot tub, also think about privacy and accessibility issues. It would also be best to try to locate the hot tub in a spot where it will not likely have a lot of leaves falling into it. Some hot tub buyers will also buy a gazebo or other covering which essentially makes their hot tub an indoor spa. This can be an especially attractive option for those living in wet or very cold climates.
The size of the hot tub is one of the most important factors to consider. Larger hot tubs accommodate more people, but they also cost a great deal more. A hot tub that will fit only two may cost around $4,000, while a hot tub built for approximately six people may cost as much as $10,000. When weighing the pros and cons of large and small hot tubs, also take into consideration the cost of maintenance and operation. A hot tub requires energy and water and will therefore impact utility bills. A salesperson can likely provide information regarding energy and water usage on various models.
Most hot tubs are fashioned from acrylic which is versatile and long-lasting. It is also easier to care for than other hot tubs constructed of wood. Many hot tubs are built in the classic circular shape, but more and more are being constructed in a square or rectangular shape. These shapes allow for specially molded seating that allows hot tub users to recline and stretch out comfortably while still having easy access to the jets. The hot tubs in a showroom will likely display a number of different colors and patterns on their exterior. Keep in mind the setting the hot tub will occupy to ensure that you will be satisfied with the hot tub’s appearance once it is in place.
Reputable hot tub dealers will make it possible for potential buyers to try out their hot tubs before making a sale. Wear swimsuits when going to the showroom. The salesperson should be able to assist you to try out a model or two that appeal to you. Listen to how noisy or quiet the jets are. Notice whether the seating is comfortable and convenient. Also pay particular attention to the hot tub’s controls. Are they accessible and easy to use? Question the salesperson closely about the care and maintenance required to keep a particular model running in top condition. Make certain that the routine maintenance is something to which you are willing to commit.
Some hot tub models come with features and amenities that can be added for additional cost. These may include aesthetic items like colored lights and radios with speakers, but also may add to the safety and convenience of the hot tub. Features like a locking cover that keeps small children out and also serves to keep the tub clean may definitely be worth the money.
Transporting the hot tub to its new home may be the most complicated part of the process. Buyers should certainly look into having the dealer deliver the hot tub. They possess specialized equipment and trucks that will make the move a snap. The dealer may also offer to install the tub, and the buyers should carefully consider having them perform this service. Often electrical modifications need to be made to the home and it’s best to have a professional complete this process.