Should I Buy a Hot Tub?

If you’ve been wondering whether or not you should get a hot tub, you’ve come to the right place.  Below are 3 key questions that you need to ask yourself before you purchase a hot tub.  If you can answer yes to all of them, then you are prepared to buy a hot tub.  If not, it may be necessary to re-evaluate your decision.

Can You Afford The Cost?

There are two costs associated with being a hot tub owner, the initial purchase price, and the monthly costs associated with electricity and chemical maintenance.  A quality hot tub will cost between $5,000 and $15,000.  You can get a less expensive spa, but they will not last as long, and you will end up paying quite a bit in maintenance costs.  It may also be necessary to install an new electrical outlet or create a sturdy foundation, and each of those will cost about $1,000.  Other costs associated with running a hot tub are as follows: electrical costs range from $10 to $50 per month, chemicals about $50/month, new filters are about $45 each (and you will have to replace them every 4-6 months), and of course, if any part of your hot tub breaks down, you will have to pay to replace it.  

Are You Prepared to Maintain Your Hot Tub?

If you do not properly maintain the chemicals in your hot tub as well as regularly clean your filters and other parts, it will not last.  You will need to check your chemical levels once a week as well as keep an eye out for leaks and clogged filters.  It’s not as easy as it looks to be a hot tub owner, but if you are willing to put in the work required to keep it in tip top shape, then a hot tub is for you!

Will You Use it Frequently?

Purchasing a hot tub is a large expense, and you have to be able to justify it.  Ask yourself if you really are going to use your spa or if it will just be a very expensive porch decoration.  Decide how frequently you would have to use the spa to justify the expense.  Is that once a month?  Twice a week?  Then ask yourself if you really will be using the spa that frequently.  If not, a hot tub might not be for you.  However, if you feel that you will be using the hot tub frequently, go ahead with your purchase.  

 

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