Have you been dreaming of getting a hot tub for some time now? And now, you are ready to do it. You’ve done your math and you have the budget for a hot tub. But before you place an order or sign a check, please stop and consider whether you are making the right choice.
You may be a savvy shopper in many ways, but a hot tub is a long term investment and needs careful planning if you don’t want to get burned. There is much more to consider than the initial price you pay and how the hot tub looks in your home.
Approach This Purchase with Diligence
To make a fair comparison, you should be just as careful when you are about to buy a hot tub as when you are about to buy a car. Both items are quite expensive, should last you for years to come and incur ongoing expenses.
Thus, you should create a checklist of things to look for and see for yourself before you commit to the purchase. In order to help you, we prepared a list of aspects that will help you select the perfect hot tub for you.
Here they are:
- Don’t Buy Just the Hot Tub, Buy the Service
The first choice to make is not which hot tub you want to buy, but from whom you buy it. The seller must also provide excellent maintenance and repair services for the product. Thus, it is one of those products which you want to buy from a local reputable dealer.
Inadequate maintenance will shorten the useful life of your hot tub and cause you to pay for expensive repairs.
- Research Online but Buy In Store
The photos look great, the video presentation is professionally made, but it is just not enough to make sure that the hot tub you are looking at is a good fit for you. First of all, you do not get a true sense of perspective. The tub may look big enough to fit 6 or 7 people, but it may be just a trick of the camera and the placement of small sized objects around it.
Plus, you cannot really hear the sound of the pumps in a video with background music and a voice over presentation. If the written specs look good online, then make the effort to see the real thing in a spa store before you buy.
- Watch Out for the Extras
The extras or add-ons are various necessary accessories that are not included in the price of the hot tub. Whenever you are ready to take up an offer, look at the fine print and see exactly what it does and does not include.
Some things may be less important – like a spare set of filters. But if the insulating cover or the electricity fittings to connect the hot tub to a power outlet are extras, you need to look for a better offer.
- Think Twice Before Buying a Pre-Owned Hot Tub
Pre-owned items can serve you for a long time without problems. But for every good deal, there are ten rotten ones. After all, looking at the glowing description, why would anyone want to sell such a jewel of a hot tub? Probably because it makes enough noise to disturb the next door neighbors. Or the electricity consumption is driving their bill sky high. Without having proper specifications from the producer, you never know what you will end up with.