Buying a hot tub is a huge investment and it’s not something you will be doing every day. This is why most first time buyers always want to know how much does a hot tub cost before they can actually start hunting for bargains. The good news is finding the hot tub you desire at an affordable price isn’t as difficult as you think; all you need to do is know where to look.
There are so many health benefits of hot tubs that is why a lot of homeowners choose to install one in their backyards for use all year round. These hot tubs come in different designs that vary in cost. For this article, we will discuss the costs that are associated with a mid range hot tub that’s designed to hold three to four people.
A hot tub such as the one described above would cost around $3,500 to $8,000 depending on the total number of jets and any other extra features. The average measurement of such a tub is about 5′x6′ and 30″ in depth. If you choose a hot tub that is larger than this, then you will have to consider the implications of the weight. A big hot tub containing water can easily weigh more than two tons without any people seated in it. What this means is that it’s going to eliminate any chances of locating the tub in a standard deck or porch floor.
If you install a spa indoors, it means you will be able to use it in any weather and with total privacy. However, you will need a room with some extra ventilation and humidity controls and water proof flooring like tiles. The total costs will depend on the extent of remodeling needed. For an inground outdoor spa, you may spend about $15,000-$20,000 or more.
Total costs breakdown
To install a medium sized hot tub, you will need to:
- Install a gravel patio, cement slab or use a special designed gazebo
- Extra electrical service and additional options such as:
- A mobile pump for easy emptying. Most modern hot tubs come with a built in drain that makes use of gravity to empty. The downside of using this built in drainage system is that it takes an entire day to complete. Using a moveable pump helps to hasten the drainage process and lets the owner repair any leaks or damages as soon as possible.
- A set of strong weather proof stairs to be able to get into the hot tub easily. They should be constructed with sturdy cedar board and supported with a concrete pad. If you intend to pour a pad for your hot tub installation, then the stairs should also be figured into this part of the project too.
- A cover helper that helps in lifting and managing the tub cover. This is something that most consumers often turn down at the time of the purchase but its one choice they regret about soon after. Maneuvering the big insulated covers can be challenging, and a cover helper can get rid of any possibilities of damage to your tub or cover later on and cost you at least $200. However, these cover helpers are available for hot tubs that are mounted directly against a wall or any other impediment.
- A water access nearby for filling the tub. You may opt to use a garden hose to fill your tub, but if the hose will have to cover long distances, it will take a longer time to complete the process. You may opt to have an outdoor faucet installed near your tub especially if it’s located more than 80 feet from the house.
The cost for the cement slab varies depending on the actual footprint of the tub. However, for a six inch slab with thirty square feet, the homeowner needs to pour half a yard of concrete. A full cubic yard costs $75 in materials making it affordable and one that is completely DIY.
The electrical work for your hot tub should never be considered a DIY. It should be done by a professional who is well versed with the local building codes. It may need the following items:
• A bond wire from the tub to the actual service panel
• A DC converter
• A disconnect box located at least 5feet from the unit
• Trenching and running the necessary wires
• An electrical ground
• AGFCI break that connects the circuit
Majority of electrical contractors usually have a per hour rate. Others will price on per project basis. In general, the hourly costs for this kind of work may run up to $85 and then the extra charges for materials.
What should be included in your hot tub?
Generally, an empty hot tub weighs about 400-1000 pounds and is usually delivered in a small trailer. In such a case, a hot tub can be put in place using a crane but typically, it takes 2 to 6 men to move the tub from the trailer to the installation site. Prior to the actual delivery, a site inspection is necessary to measure the access route and to be sure there’s enough room for the tub and men to pass through.
Nowadays, most hot tubs are constructed of acrylic which is easy to maintain and durable than fiberglass. Movable tubs are often made of vinyl. On the other hand, wooden hot tubs are aesthetically pleasing but they require regular cleaning and upkeep. They do not also provide contoured seating that’s found in hot tubs constructed from other materials.
Are you shopping for a hot tub?
There are some companies that will let you try out the hot tub in their showroom. However, you will need to bring a swim suit and a towel. Be keen on the noise level, how the jets are positioned, the ease in using the controls and any built in seating arrangements and whether they allow comfortable movements. Also ensure you have an idea of what type of hot tub you would like to purchase. Before you put your signature on the contract, make sure you have a copy of the warranty and read in between the lines. A good contract should have a clear description of all the equipment such as the brand names, delivery and set up, who pays for shipping and any other purchase service.