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6 Costs to Figure When Buying a Hot Tub

So, buying a hot tub is the top item on your bucket list. Good thinking! You’ll have longer to enjoy it. In fact, you may enjoy it so much that you may eventually erase all the other items on the list!

As you prepare for buying a hot tub, let’s take a look at what a life of backyard luxury is going to cost.

The Hot Tub

What does a new car cost? It all depends on the brand and model of the vehicle. A Maserati is a tad more expensive than a Chevy Spark. Luxury comes at a price, but an economy ride can get you where you need to go. In that sense, buying a hot tub is like buying a car.

Consumer websites such as Financial Samurai, Consumer Affairs, and Super Money separate hot tubs into similar tiers that reflect the costs of purchasing a Spark or a Maserati.

EconomyMid-tierLuxury
Financial Samurai$5K – $8K$9K – $12K$13K – $20 K
Consumer Affairs$2K – $4K$4K – $8K$8K – $18K
Super MoneyNA$4K – $10K$11K – $16K

As you can see, there is no real agreement on how to determine categories and prices. Nonetheless, the chart does identify a realistic range of pricing for buying a hot tub.

Preparation, Delivery & Installation

You need to discuss these with your dealer when buying a hot tub. However, it’s wise to have an idea of the costs ahead of time.

  1. You will need to prepare a solid foundation capable of supporting as much as two tons, upon which the hot tub will sit, in advance of delivery. Possibilities include a gravel bed, a concrete slab, or a gazebo. Average costs for these options may be around $1,600 for the gravel bed, $2,200 for the concrete, and $6,500 for a gazebo. A building permit may be required.
  2. Delivery is offered by most hot tub dealers. The cost of delivery depends on several factors, including distance and accessibility. Cranes are sometimes necessary to access hard-to-reach backyards. Set aside about $500 just to be sure.
  3. The installation will require an electrician to hardwire the spa to your main electrical panel. This could cost another $600 to $3,000, depending on individual circumstances. A permit will be required, but your electrician should cover that within his cost.

Accessories (not options)

You’re going to need some steps for entry and egress. (An egress is a long-horned eagle native to the Austin area.) Figure $150 to $300.

A cover is vital to keeping the water warm and clean. A cover helper reduces the amount of effort to remove and close the cover. Figure about $200 each for the cover and the helper.

Variable Operating Costs

When you realize that there are ongoing costs after buying a hot tub, those costs won’t jump up and bite you. Once you’ve got the significant expenses out of the way, these are almost inconsequential. If you figure on the high side, you might expect to spend $250 per year on chemicals, $100 on filters, and $600 on electricity. That’s less than $1,000 per year.

There are multiple costs involved in buying a hot tub. And there will be a lot of decisions you will need to make. We are here to help guide you in making the best choices – the ones that will make you happy from the beginning of the process to the end and beyond. Stop by and see us at 14106 N I-35. Let’s make bucket list item number one a reality!

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