Selecting and purchasing a hot tub is no easy task, but once you have that brand new hot tub picked out, you need to start planning for it to arrive at your home. Meticulous planning will help you get the most out of your hot tub for years to come, and SpaMate is here to help you cover all of your bases when it comes to spa installation preparation.
Where Are You Going to Install Your Hot Tub?
Before you ever thought of purchasing a hot tub, you probably had a good idea of where you wanted to place it. Now it is time to make a firm decision on where your new spa will live. The first question you should ask yourself is whether you want the tub to be in your home or outside.
Indoor Hot Tub Installation
Installing a hot tub in your home can be extremely luxurious and convenient, especially in areas where your hot tub may be unusable during the winter months. In-home spas are much more private than they would be outdoors as well.
While indoor installation is convenient in many ways, if you install an indoor hot tub improperly, you could have problems with humidity, water spills, and gas emissions, which could cause damage to your home’s walls, woodwork, and structure.
Quick Tips for Indoor Hot Tub Installation
- Check that the area you want to use is structurally sound and can hold the weight of a hot tub
- Pick a location on the ground floor for the best support
- Consult an engineer before installing the hot tub
- Place your spa on water-proof flooring and have a drain installed to prevent problems in the case of overflow or leaks
- Choose a flooring that is slip resistant and can handle exposure to harsh chemicals
- Make sure the room has proper ventilation
- Use wall and ceiling surfaces that can withstand higher-than-normal levels of humidity
Outdoor Hot Tub Installation
Putting your hot tub outside will offer you getting views, as well as easier installation and better ventilation for the humidity that hot tubs produce. Installing your hot tub outdoors can make entertaining guests outdoors more fun. It is also generally easier to find a suitable place for your spa outdoors.
Quick Tips for Outdoor Hot Tub Installation
- Avoid areas that get exposed to large amounts of water
- Place the hot tub in a place that is away from prolonged direct sunlight to prevent damage to the hot tub’s exterior
- Put the spa in an area where dirt and other debris would easily be tracked into it
- Know local and national laws about fencing and gate requirements around hot tubs
- Be sure the area you want to put your spa on is level
- Make sure that the location is within reach of an electrical supply and a drain
What Should Your Hot Tub Look Like?
While the most important thing about your new spa site is going to be that it can support the weight and humidity of a hot tub, you don’t want to forget about how the space is going to look.
Before selecting a hot tub, you should consider how it will blend in with the space. Depending on how you are creating the space, you will either want to match your hot tub to the area or the area to the hot tub. Choose textures and colors that complement one another.
If you are installing your hot tub outdoors, consider plants and landscaping to make your spa experience truly relaxing and beautiful. If you already have a great place for your hot tub, find something that blends nicely with the current landscaping.
What Do You Need to Do Before Your Hot Tub is Delivered?
Once you have decided where you want to put your spa, you need to get ready for the delivery. The first thing you should do is remove any obstacles for the delivery team. If you are installing the hot tub outside, make sure that rocks, tree limbs, and toys are all removed from the yard. You may also need to remove your gate or part of your fence to get the hot tub through.
You should talk to the delivery crew about what kind of space they will need. To get your hot tub in its desired location, the crew will need ample space and adequate angels to bring the hot tub through. In some cases, the only way to install a hot tub will be to place it by crane.
What Do You Need to Do After Your Hot Tub is Installed?
You may think that once your hot tub has been installed, you are ready to go, but not so fast! You want to make sure to have your hot tub inspected by an electrician before filling it up. Even if you had an electrician help with the installation, it is always a good idea to double check the spa for safety.
Once you know that the electrical components of your hot tub are good to go, you will need to fill it with water and add necessary chemicals to it before you hop in.
How Much Does Hot Tub Installation Cost?
When it comes time to finally install your new hot tub, leave it to the professionals. Typical above-ground installation costs are between $157 and $490, with the average falling at about $318. For a couple hundred dollars, you are ensuring that your hot tub is installed safely and correctly. Improper installation can lead to electrical problems and damage to the hot tub.
If you have decided to put your hot tub in the ground, expect to pay much more for installation fees. To install a built-in hot tub can cost between $15,000 and $20,000.
Indoor installation costs may also be costlier depending on the hours of labor it takes to get the hot tub where you want it in your home.
Once your hot tub is safely installed and filled with water, it is time to relax and enjoy it. If you are looking for a cover for your new hot tub, consider a custom-made spa cover from SpaMate.