Hot tubs are a popular luxury for many homes today, offering a great way to relax and entertain at home. Once only available to the mega-rich, it’s now much more affordable to get a hot tub, and a more practical alternative to a swimming pool.
While getting a hot tub might sound like a great idea, it may not necessarily be the right move for you. To help you weigh up the pros and cons, take a look at some of the things to consider if you’re thinking of investing in a hot tub.
While the cost of getting a hot tub is certainly more affordable than it used to be, it’s still an expensive purchase for your home. For a six-person hot tub, you’d be looking at around £6,000, while a huge 15-seater hot tub would cost you around £18,000. While you might have the budget for a hot tub, there are also installation costs to consider – adding further to your bill. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, however, you could pick up an inflatable hot tub for under £300 from a supermarket or a group-buying website like Groupon or Wowcher. Understanding the type of hot tub you want to buy will help you to make the right decision.
Maintaining a hot tub isn’t simple – you’ll need to put a lot of effort into cleaning, repairs and so on. The cost of items like water pumps could put you off, and the regular disinfecting needed to keep your hot tub clean can feel like a chore – especially if you plan on using it frequently. You’ll need to make sure that the hot tub is looked after, appropriately covered and that you do a thorough check frequently, particularly after bad weather. If the maintenance side of getting a hot tub doesn’t phase you – it could be a good decision for you after all!
A hot tub is a fantastic luxury item to buy, but like many shiny new things – the appeal can wear off after a while. Would you get as much use out of your hot tub as you think you would? You’ll need to make a lot of use out of it to avoid it ending up a waste of money. You could always start with the cheaper hot tub and see how you get on before you invest in a more expensive one. Remember to factor in buying covers and gazebos to help you make use of your hot tub all-year round.
Another great reason to install a hot tub is to add value to your home. There are many home improvements that could add value to your property, and a hot tub could be a tempting addition for any would-be homeowner! As with any big investment for your home, weigh up all the options first – sleep on your decision and ask around to help make sure you’re making the right decision before you start spending any money.