How Much Does it Cost to Have a Hot Tub Installed?
A hot tub is a great way to relax after a long, hard day. Whether you plan on inviting close friends, watching a game, or just taking it easy with your spouse, a hot tub can provide an enjoyable, tranquil addition to your home.
Hot tubs can either be portable or built-in. A portable hot tub is preassembled and sits above ground, while a built-in model is installed into the ground or deck. Both models have a wide variety of sizes and features to choose from. There are relatively inexpensive models that can hold two people and typically cost between $600 and $2,500, or larger more advanced models that can hold up to 7 or 8 people, and typically cost between $3,000 and $8,000. For a more spacious, luxurious model with multiple jets and underwater lighting, you'll probably spend between $8,000 and $15,000.
For the smallest portable hot tubs, no installation is necessary. All you have to do is bring it home from the store or have it delivered, fill it with water and plug it in to a regular electrical outlet. For larger models with more jets and special lighting, a professional electrician will likely have to be hired to install a larger circuit breaker and other wiring. This can cost around $1,000 depending on the hot tub's location and ease of access.
Whatever type of hot tub you choose, you'll need to verify that the surface you place it on is strong enough to support its weight. If you plan on installing a built-in hot tub on your deck you'll need to hire a remodeling contractor to make room for it and add the proper support. Though this can cost several thousand dollars, it will add significantly to your home's value.
If you install an indoor hot tub you'll be able to use it in all weather conditions and with total privacy. However, you'll need a room with special ventilation and humidity controls.
Be sure to budget in an extra $20 to $40 per month for electric costs and up to $300 a year for cleaning and chemical treatments. If you live in a cold climate like Saint Paul and you don't want to freeze every time you get in and out of the tub, consider installing an enclosing gazebo. A hot tub cover is an inexpensive addition which cut heating costs, and is also an essential safety feature for homes with children or pets. They typically cost between $50 and $400, depending on their size, material, and energy efficiency.
When selecting the proper hot tub for your home, make sure to factor in the location where you want to use it, the climate you live in, and the size you need. Some companies let you try out the hot tub in their showroom, so be sure to bring a swim suit and towel. Pay attention to the hot tub's noise level, feel of the jets, and comfort. If you plan properly and hire quality professionals, you'll enjoy a wonderful hot tub without spending more money than necessary.
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