A hot tub will give you endless hours of relaxation and reconnection. However, there are some details to consider before you select your new spa. After all, you want to be fully prepared for your new addition. You’ve probably already gone through a lot of the details yourself, but here are a few that you may not yet have considered about buying a hot tub.
Is There a Best Time of Year to Buy?
With many bigger ticket items, there are better times of the year to buy. In some respects, hot tubs have “better dea”’ buying times too. There’s no definitive timeframe here, like there is with cars, but there are times when you’re more likely to discover a deal.
As one might expect, hot tub sales are booming in the spring and summer. Once vacation times end and people throw themselves back into their work, hot tub sales slow down. In many years, this is the time of year you might see some sales. If you wait a little longer, you may find even deeper discounts. When the end of the year starts closing in, newer models begin to arrive and you might find a great deal on a model that’s being phased out.
It’s important to keep in mind though, that the longer you wait to buy, the less selection there will be. You may find lower prices, but you can’t be overly picky about the specific brand or details. If you have a particular hot tub in mind, it’s best to shop earlier to avoid disappointment.
New vs. Used: Is a Pre-Owned Hot Tub a Good Investment?
Those trying to save money on products often look to buying second hand. Buying a pre-owned hot tub is certainly an option, but there are some important factors to consider before going this route. You don’t want to end up spending money on a hot tub that is not what you thought it would be.
Before purchasing a used hot tub, be sure you have the chance to see it running. It’s just too risky to make such a large purchase if you can’t verify that it’s in good working order. Ask how recently the hot tub was in regular use. If it hasn’t been running for a while, it’s best to avoid it. Hot tubs are more susceptible to breakdowns when they are not operated for a long period of time.
Bringing a thermometer when you view the hot tub is also a good idea. That way, you don’t have to take the seller’s word for how well the heating system is working. Also, be sure to investigate the cover. Your hot tub will need a cover and if the one you’re getting is in poor repair, you’ll need to factor in the expense of a new one as well.
Remember, you’ll want to be very careful if you choose to go with a used hot tub, otherwise, you may end up spending much more than anticipated. New hot tubs are often more cost-effective in the long run, as they operate more efficiently and come with a warranty.
Can You Work a Hot Tub Into Your Remodel?
Getting a reset on your home’s interior is wonderful. It gives you a relaxing new space to retreat to at the end of the day. Of course, sometimes it’s even more energizing to head outside. Unfortunately, if your interior has been renovated, but your exterior is dated and worn, your escape to the great outdoors is far less calming.
Having a hot tub installed at the same time as your home remodel gives you something to look forward to both inside and out. Talk to your contractor about working a hot tub install into the rest of the job so that everything is taken care of at once.
How Will A Hot Tub Affect Your Electric Bill?
We understand why this one would be on your mind. Before you bring home a hot tub, you need to have a pretty clear understanding of how it will affect your electric bill. You may be surprised at this answer, but not that much!
It all depends on whether you buy a high-end or entry-level hot tub. High-end spas like Caldera® are built with top of the line materials and have excellent insulation built-in. That, combined with the tight-fitting cover locks in heat to keep it escaping, even on those cold winter nights. With a high-end spa, your electric bill will go up by as little as $10-$20 per month.
What’s the Ideal Hot Tub Placement?
You may absolutely love the idea of buying a hot tub for your backyard, but have you stopped to consider exactly where it would go? If you haven’t yet mapped out your spa’s ideal location, here are a few things to consider.
Your hot tub will need a strong, flat surface to rest on. A concrete pad is perfect, but a reinforced deck will work too. Easy access to water and electricity is also important, so keep proximity in mind. If privacy is important, you’ll need to think about how secluded your chosen location is.
Do Hot Tubs Boost Home Value?
A hot tub can definitely bump up the value of a home, but there are some added details to take into consideration. Firstly, hot tubs that are fixed rather than portable are considered part of the home. Secondly, having a well thought out yard that works with the hot tub and has an overall inviting feel, increases value. In addition, a hot tub needs to be in good working order to be considered an asset. No one wants to pay extra for a home with a broken down hot tub.
Call on Some Help
There are so many aspects to take into consideration when buying a hot tub. Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle the selection process all on your own! Fronheiser Pools has been in the business for more than 50 years. In that time we’ve gained a ton of experience. We’d love to help you choose your ideal hot tub. Talk to us today!