If you’re thinking about buying a hot tub, you have a checklist of items to do to your backyard to get it ready. Check out this article for more info on how to prepare for your new hot tub.
Step #1: Prepare for Your New Hot Tub
Once you’re picked out and ordered your hot tub, you have a better idea of the space you need to place it in the backyard. You want to think of three things when deciding where to put it:
- The view from the hot tub.
- Privacy around your hot tub.
- How easy it ease to access from your backdoor.
You want to make sure you have enough privacy that you feel comfortable soaking outside. In addition, you want to make sure you have a pleasing view during your hot tub soaks. You want a peaceful surrounding so you can enjoy nature. Staring at your neighbor’s ugly fence is no fun.
Don’t forget the ease of access. The harder it is to get to your spa, the less you’ll use it.
Here is a list of things to think about for the landing place of your new spa:
- You need a surface area that will support the weight of the hot tub with water in it as well as the hottubbers.
- A smooth, level area to put your spa.
- Enough drainage so rain water doesn’t pool around the spa.
- An area all around the hot tub so you (or our service techs) can access your panels for any maintenance and repairs.
- A private area for a relaxing soak.
Step #2: Choose the Foundation for Your Spa
Most often, are clients pour a concrete pad in their backyard for their new hot tub (if they don’t have an existing pad).
Here are your options for a foundation.
- The popular concrete pad
- A platform that goes over your grass or gravel.
- A gravel base. This should be compact and allow for adequate drainage.
- Decking is a good choice, especially when you incorporate your spa into the design. Do make sure you consult with a contractor or structural engineer to make sure your deck choice can handle the weight of your hot tub.
Step #3: Water and Electric
You will need to drain and refill your hot tub every three-four months, so you want to make sure you have easy access to your garden hose. In addition, plan for where you’ll let the water run out. Make sure it isn’t near any sensitive plantings as hot tub water may not be friendly to it.
Talk to us about the electrical requirements for your hot tub. Then, you’ll want to have a qualified electrician run the proper electrical lines out to your hot tub.
Step #4: Plan for Our Route
Our delivery crew will need access from your front yard to your backyard that is wide enough to fit a hot tub through. Ask us about how much space we’ll need!
We suggest you walk the route yourself. With your tape measure, start on the road and walk the path that we will need to take to place your new spa. See if there are any places where we might encounter issues – this might be stairs, a narrow gate (some fencing may need to come down), low parts of your home, your air conditioner, flower beds, and more.
Finally, if you need it, we can use a crane to deliver your hot tub if your area is not accessible in an easy fashion.
We’re excited every time we deliver a homeowner their new hot tub. Why? We know it means years of backyard memories, stress relief, wellness, relaxation, and so much more!
If you’re ready to start your journey to finding the perfect hot tub for your needs, your lifestyle, and your budget, we are here to guide you every step of the way! Contact us today to find your perfect hot tub or fill out the form below!