We’ve all said it. Whenever that winter cold follows you inside and you can’t get warm no matter what you do, you’ve found yourself thinking out loud, “I wish I had a hot tub.”
You’ve probably imagined soaking in a big, luxurious tub. The snow doesn’t even sound so bad when you can watch it with 103 degree water bubbling all around you.
Just the thought of a hot tub is enough to warm your heart.
But if you’ve gotten to shopping around, the price tag has likely been enough to cool your jets.
Hot tubs aren’t cheap. But are they worth the investment? And if you’re making the investment, how do you get the most out of it?
Why Get a Hot Tub?
It probably doesn’t take a lot to convince you that having a hot tub at home would be nice. There are many benefits, including some you might not be aware of.
The number one reason people buy a hot tub is to relax. For many, nothing is more soothing than a soak after a long day.
The warm water can make you feel like you’re instantly on vacation in your own backyard.
It’s been a stressful year and many are spending a lot of time at home. A hot tub can help you beat the winter blues without having to leave the yard.
Hot tubs can also be great for your health.
Not only can they reduce stress and ease muscle pain, hot tubs have also been shown to lower blood pressure and support better sleep.
Adding to Your Home
While a hot tub won’t necessarily increase the value of your home, it will likely contribute to your enjoyment of it.
Hot tubs are a great focal point for gathering family and friends. They allow you to enjoy the outdoors all year long. Plus, there’s a certain feeling of luxury that comes with having your own tub. It’d be no surprise if your neighbors get jealous.
How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost?
Let’s take a look at the numbers. How much money does a hot tub cost?
A lower tier tub will cost a few thousand while the more luxurious models could run you upwards of $20,000.
Of course if you’re looking to save money, buying used can be a great option.
But it’s not just the cost of the tub that you have to consider.
To get it delivered and properly installed will add to the price.
Then there is regular maintenance to consider. Benchmark about $50 a month for water maintenance and electricity costs.
To keep your tub running smoothly you’ll want to change the water every 3-4 months, the filters every 6-18 months, and once a year change the bacteria-killing UV bulb.
All together, annual costs can range from $500 to $1200.
The Verdict: Is a Hot Tub Worth It?
No, hot tubs aren’t cheap. But do the benefits justify the cost?
Whether a hot tub is a worthwhile investment depends on how much you use it.
If the tub will see only occasional use, chances are your money might be better spent on the occasional spa day.
However, if you can use it frequently and value the benefits a hot tub provides, it might be worth adding to your home this year.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Hot Tub
If you are going to make the investment, do it right.
Don’t just put your new tub down on a slab of concrete.
And don’t let it be just a disjointed addition to a busy backyard.
Instead, surround your hot tub with a beautiful patio or deck. Not only will this make your tub safer and easier to use, it will make your backyard feel like the ultimate resort getaway.
Your yard will be the delight of your whole family and the envy of your neighbors.
Let us at Torchwood Landscaping help you relax right away. Request a call and we’ll take care of transforming your yard into the spa getaway you’ve been dreaming of.