Nothing is more exciting than planning for your first hot tub purchase. Not only is it a great investment in your outdoor living space, but it’s also an investment in your health and well-being that will serve you well for many years to come. As thrilling as it is to think about all of the relaxing moments you’ll have in your future spa, there are a few practical matters to consider too.
Aside from choosing a reputable dealer and researching your options, setting a budget is key to making the process flow smoothly. Let’s dive in to how to set a budget for your upcoming installation.
Budgeting for Your Hot Tub
Budgeting starts by settling on an ideal price as well as the maximum price you’re willing to pay. While the goal is to stick to your ideal price, the upper range lends you some flexibility to add extra features or to purchase accessories.
A budget will help you to stay focused on the hot tubs in your price range and ensures you won’t waste time looking at spas that won’t work for you.
Before you start shopping, it’s also a good idea to jot down a list of your must-have features. That, along with the installation space dimensions, will enable your local dealership to find a spa that meets both your needs and your budget.
Budgeting for Installation
Now that you’ve set a budget for you hot tub, the next step is to consider what you’ll need to spend for its installation. Installation is not necessarily costly. If you already have a patio or a deck that’s equipped to handle a hot tub’s weight, for instance, the majority of the cost will be hook up and labour.
If you don’t have a home for your hot tub, that’s something you’ll need to budget for. If you have a healthy budget, you can price a new deck or patio. If your budget is more modest, a concrete slab is an economical foundation for your spa.
Budgeting for Supplies
While big accessories like a hot tub cover or spa steps will be covered by the maximum budget you already set, you will need some supplies to keep your spa running well.
Hot tub chemical kits are reasonably priced and give you everything you need to keep your spa and its water clean. How often and how many people use your spa will determine how quickly you go through chemicals.
Another deciding factor is what kind of spa you purchase. If you opt for a well-known brand such as Sundance® Spas and Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs, for instance, the water systems offered by these spas are efficient and high functioning, reducing the number and amount of chemicals you’ll need to use.
Once you’ve had your spa for a month or two, you’ll be able to set an accurate budget for spa chemicals.
Budgeting for Maintenance
Spa maintenance is not the least bit cost prohibitive if you have a high-quality hot tub and do your part to keep it clean. As long as you stick to a weekly cleaning schedule and a quarterly spa drain and cleaning regime, there’s no reason why your spa won’t stay in great shape for at least a decade.
If an occasional repair is needed, be sure to get a technician out right away. The quicker a problem is caught and fixed, the less costly it will be in the long run.
Budgeting for Operation
Modern spas are quite energy efficient and, when used in conjunction with a hot tub cover, heating costs are very reasonable. The weather, how hot you like your spa and how often you use it will have some effect on heating costs but, as long as you keep your spa in good condition, your monthly utility bill will be reasonable.
Once you’ve had your spa for a few months, you’ll be able to set a pretty accurate budget for its operation.
Crystalview Pool & Spa
If you want to learn more about the costs and benefits of hot tub ownership, get in touch with us at Crystalview Pool & Spa. As the top dealership in British Columbia, we supply only the highest quality hot tubs and swim spas. We’re also your one-stop shop for all of your hot tub accessory and supply needs. Drop by our North Vancouver showroom to see what we have in stock or to talk to one of our experts about which spa is right for you.