Many of us lead busy, chaotic lives. In honor of National Hot Tub Day on March 28, perhaps you should treat yourself to a revitalizing hot tub. Purchasing a hot tub will provide a place for you to go and unwind after a long day. It can also help treat physical ailments like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Before splurging on a hot tub, make sure that you’re prepared for every aspect of the purchase, including installation, maintenance, and related fees.

Choosing a Location

The location of your hot tub can make a significant difference in your enjoyment. There are several factors to consider when choosing a spot in your yard, such as privacy, landscaping, the view from the tub, and your access to your home or changing room. The hot tub should also be placed on a firm foundation, such as a cement pad, deck, patio, bricks, or pavers.

Picking the Right Size

Choose a hot tub that will accommodate the number of people who plan to use it frequently. There are more intimate tubs designed for just one or two people as well as larger tubs that can accommodate up to six or more adults. These larger-sized tubs are great for social gatherings, hydrotherapy, or aquatic exercise.

Hiring an Electrician

Hot tubs are an excellent addition to any backyard. However, many buyers don’t realize that their new hot tub requires special wiring not included with their purchase. Before purchasing your new hot tub, consult with an electrician to ensure that your home is equipped for the wiring, and if it’s not, find out how much it will cost to set up. This is not a job that you want to do yourself. For the safety of yourself and others who use the tub, hire an experienced electrician to get your heater, filter, and other systems working reliably.

Building a Walkway

While not a necessity, you may want to consider building a walkway from your door to the hot tub. This not only creates an aesthetically pleasing look, but it will also prevent you from tracking grass and mud into the house. A foot path can be constructed from a wide range of materials, such as flagstone, bricks, or pavers. Avoid gravel and mulch, which can be painful to walk on with bare feet.

Establishing Costs

Buying a hot tub comes with more costs than the initial purchase price. You’ll also want to think about installation, operation, maintenance, and the costs of accessories and future repairs. Depending on your existing electrical setup, you can expect to pay between $300 and $1,000 for installation. Operational costs can range from $30 to $100 a month, depending on usage and weather conditions.

Buying Accessories

While some hot tub accessories are optional, others are a necessity to keep your tub running properly. You’ll need water care supplies to keep the tub clean. If you have children or pets, you may also want safety accessories like spa covers or locks. Depending on the location of your hot tub, you may also want to consider a privacy screen, built-in seating around the deck, or an in-ground installation kit if you wish to put the tub completely or partially in the ground.