You can picture it now, can’t you?
Relaxing in your new spa, drink in hand, while the cares of the day melt away with each pulse of the jets.
Sounds divine, doesn’t it?
Before you can get to that state of calm and tranquility, you have to go through the process of buying the hot tub.
It can be confusing and a little overwhelming with the amount of information you have to sift through, but it’ll be worth it.
Plus, you have some help!
Check out this guide of the important things you need to know when you’re in the market for a hot tub or spa.
The dealer matters
First and foremost, begin your shopping with a reputable vendor.
Here are a few qualities to look for in a spa dealer.
Long-standing in the community. You don’t want to wind up with a flight-by-night operation that won’t be there for you for the long haul.
Exceptional customer care. Read online reviews and ask for the opinions of friends and family members. A good reputation for customer care is worth a lot, especially if an issue comes up during the installation process or beyond.
High-quality products. You want your hot tub or spa to last. Make sure the dealer you work with offers products that are made of quality materials and by reputable manufacturers.
Ongoing relationship. Go with a company that will offer you assistance throughout the life of your spa, from help with monthly or periodic maintenance to possible repairs down the road.
A hot tub is a considerable investment. Choose a dealer that will help you protect your hard-earned dollars.
Where are you going to put it?
Before you can get into the options you may want and begin looking at sizes, you have to know the location in which you’ll be putting your spa.
Will it be inside or outside?
For example, if it’s inside, you’ll need to make sure it fits through your doorways and hallways to get to its final location. If it’s going outside, it will need to have some extra thermal properties.
Whatever spot you choose, it will need to:
Be flat. A level surface will protect the integrity of your spa’s structure.
Have access to power. Hot tubs come in varying voltages. Make sure you have the right wiring for the hot tub you choose.
Have access to water and drainage. Because your spa will need to be emptied and refilled a couple times a year, you need to have running water nearby, as well as adequate drainage.
Who’s coming over?
If the purpose for your spa is mainly therapeutic and won’t be used by anyone other than you and a spouse, a two- or three-person tub will be just fine. Lounge seats offer the most immersive, therapeutic benefit.
If you frequently entertain guests and you have space, go for a hot tub that’s big enough for your visitors, without making them take turns.
There are many choices for shapes and seating arrangements. Once you’ve nailed down the amount of space you have and the main use for your spa, you can have fun with the details.
You can get as fancy as you want!
Consider flowing water, different colored lights or even a stereo. While these features will add to the cost, they can also enhance your hot tub experience.
Be forewarned though – your home just may become the new designated party spot for your family and friends!
Finding a trusted dealer and deciding on the location and purpose for your hot tub or spa are the biggest decisions that you’ll make when you begin the process.
Family Pools and Spas can help you get the spa or hot tub that’s perfect for your home and lifestyle. Give us a call today so we can put you on the path to relaxation.
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