- Know how much you are willing to spend: Hot tubs vary greatly in price depending on size, material, brand, the number of jets and the accessories you might like, etc. In fact, at the end of the day you could end up paying as much as several thousand dollars for a top of the line model. And even though price is not the only factor to be considered, you should think about how you will pay for your purchase before making a commitment.
- Structural support: Hot tubs weigh a lot. You will need a sturdy foundation upon which to put your hot tub. For this you need to be sure that your deck can support at least 100lbs per square foot. Otherwise, you could be in for some difficulties later and may even find yourself in violation of local building codes. We can make sure that you know whether your existing deck can support such a load and will take this requirement into consideration when building your new deck.
- Post-sales support: Hot tubs are complicated machines and therefore require some maintenance. Ask the salesperson about what support you will receive after you make your purchase. Is there a warranty included? What should you do in an emergency? Will finding parts for your hot tub be difficult?
- Know what power source you will use: Be sure you discuss with a salesperson the available power sources you will use for your hot tub - gas or electrical. You will need a reliable and qualified electrical contractor to assist you in this as well.
You will hardly ever hear someone say the words “I don’t like hot tubs.” That is because hot tubs are a wonderful way to relax and connect with friends and according to most experts they even have therapeutic benefits to them. And for many of our customers, they are a logical addition to their deck. But buying a hot tub for your deck is not a decision to be entered into lightly. It takes a bit of forethought just as it does when it comes to making any major purchase in life. Here are 4 things you should consider before taking the plunge!