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Creating a Budget for Your Outdoor Hot Tub Installation

Hot tub under a white pergola.

Are you thinking about purchasing a hot tub, but feeling a little overwhelmed by the wide selection and various costs that may be involved? Don’t be.

Despite what many people think, purchasing and maintaining an outdoor hot tub doesn’t have to break the bank, and there are many things you can do to reduce hot tub maintenance costs on an ongoing basis. In this article, we’ll cover the various costs that are involved when buying an outdoor hot tub, in order to help you to create a budget for your outdoor hot tub that works for you.

But before we get into the costs, let first take a look at some of the benefits of purchasing an outdoor hot tub.

Why Buy a Hot Tub?

A hot tub is a great addition to any home, and there’s a bunch of health and lifestyle benefits that go along with owning one. Here are some of the main reasons you should consider buying an outdoor hot tub...

Stress Relief and Relaxation in One

If you have a particularly stressful job or a hard time relaxing, an outdoor hot tub can be a real game-changer. There’s nothing quite like relaxing in the warm bubbles after a long day. Hot tubs can also help to relax your muscles and aid in pain relief too.

Better Outdoor Living Space

Gardens should be more than just a place to store your trash cans. They should be a relaxing addition to your home that you want to hang out in. Whether you’re having a family dinner or a wine party with friends, a hot tub can take your backyard space from being cold and uninviting to being the social space everybody wants to be in.

Improved Sleep Patterns

Hot tubs aren’t just a relaxing place to hang out, they’re actually a great way to improve your quality of sleep. Studies have shown that relaxing in hot tubs can help people with insomnia to get a restorative and restful night’s sleep.

Things to Consider When Budgeting for Your Outdoor Hot Tub

So now we’ve looked at the main benefits of owning a hot tub, here’s a rundown of all the costs you should consider when creating a budget for your new outdoor spa.

Cost of the Hot Tub

When creating your budget, the biggest cost is going to be the hot tub itself. Hot tubs come in all shapes and sizes, and as such, prices can vary quite a lot. However, when choosing your hot tub, it’s a good idea to consider quality before price.

Higher quality hot tubs tend to be more energy-efficient and therefore they will cost you less in the long run. In addition to this, high-quality hot tubs from brands like Sundance Spa® will provide 10-15+ years of luxury and relaxation, whereas cheaper alternatives may break down or need replacing sooner.

Here is a range of hot tub prices to help you get a better idea of what to expect:

Cheap Hot Tubs: $5,000 and under

Entry-Level Models: $6,000 - $10,000

Standard Hot Tubs: $10,000 - $15,000

Premium Hot Tubs: $15,000 - $20,000

Luxury Hot Tubs: $20,000+

Please keep in mind that this is a general guide, the quality and prices of hot tubs for sale in your area may fluctuate. Keeping in mind that a sale or promotion may affect the price, along with a second-hand purchase.

Cost of Hot Tub Installation

The cost of installation is another expense to consider when buying a hot tub. The type of installation you choose will dictate how much it will cost. For example, having the hot tub sunk into your patio or deck area will be a little more expensive than other options.

In addition to this, you may want to have your backyard re-landscaped in order for your hot tub to take pride of place and really give your garden that wow factor. However, if budget is your concern then a simple above-ground installation shouldn’t set you back too much, so there’s no need to be deterred by additional installation costs.

Cost of Long-Term Maintenance

As is the case with any appliance or electrical items in your home, your hot tub may require some maintenance from time to time.

However, as mentioned above, the amount of maintenance required will depend on the make and model of hot tub that you choose. If you choose a higher-quality model like a Sundance Spa®, then the likelihood that you will need major repairs in the first 10+ years of ownership is minimal.

However, you may want to have your spa serviced on a regular basis to ensure all the parts are working properly. This can be done by your local hot tub maintenance service and is usually relatively inexpensive.

You can also perform simple maintenance tasks yourself such as cleaning the spa and removing any built-up scum or organic debris. Overall, the cost of maintaining a high-quality backyard hot tub is fairly affordable.

Cost of Operation

How much your spa costs to operate will depend on two things; usage and energy efficiency.

If you plan to use your hot tub a lot, then it’s a good idea to prioritize energy efficiency in order to keep your operating costs as low as possible. The good news is that the major hot tub brands are aware of the importance of energy efficiency, so it’s easy to find a great spa that doesn’t cost a bunch to operate.

When it comes to operating costs, it also helps to keep your hot tub running properly and make sure that it is always clean and serviced. If parts of your hot tub are not working as they should then you may find that your energy usage is higher than it should be.

Cost of Hot Tub Supplies

Depending on the type of spa you choose, you may also need some supplies to keep it running smoothly. For example, some spas require special chemicals to keep the water clean and these will need to be purchased on a regular basis.

However, new technologies have cut the cost of hot tub supplies significantly. Hot tubs with the CLEARRAY Active Oxygen™ System, such as Sundance® Spas, require fewer chemicals in order to keep the hot tub clean. This means fewer things to pay for, and it keeps your hot tub in much better shape. Another hot tub accessory that you may want to budget for, is a high-quality spa cover and cover lifter. The right cover and cover lifter can run you anywhere from $200 to $500 or more.

You may also want to purchase cleaning supplies to clean your hot tub when it’s not in use. However, even with all this included, it doesn’t really mount up to much on a regular basis. Oh and whilst we’re on the subject of supplies, don’t forget to get some luxury bathrobes and a few bottles of bubbly to really enjoy your new hot tub to the fullest.

Hot Tubs for Sale in Calgary

Want to learn more about buying your first outdoor hot tub? Check out guides about backyard planning, lifestyle, and common hot tub FAQs, or browse our selection of Sundance Spas® hot tubs.

Our agents here at SunSpa are always happy to help and advise customers on the hot tub purchase process, so feel free to get in touch with one of our agents for more details.

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