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A hot tub is a wonderful addition to any home. It is a relaxing escape from the stresses and pressures of modern living, and can provide you with hours of therapeutic soaking. Whether you decide to put yours in indoors or outside, there are a number of things to consider when shopping for a new spa.

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Home Spas: How Affordable Are They?

by Ian Anderson

If you're like most, you dream of one day coming home to your very own spa. You envision a world where you can leave the stressors of the day far behind and relax in peace and contentment until the telephone rings or the kids demand their dinner. Well, what can I say? Reality has a way of creeping into every dream.

As you can imagine, home spas can be found with a wide range of prices and options. A basic spa will cost you about $2,000, but you could easily spend $6,000 or more on a spa with extra features. If you want a spa that will clean itself and be warm and ready when you get home, you can expect to spend an additional $1,000 to $3,000 for the remote control system that will make it possible.

If you think you can't afford price tags like these, never fear! You can finance it. Right now, it is possible to finance a spa for as little as $50 to $100 a month. Of course, you could spend a great deal more than that if you purchase the more expensive model. But if price is of major concern, keep in mind that an inexpensive spa will likely be just as relaxing as an expensive one. You should also consider the fact that you could get a lot of features with a more expensive model that you may never use.

Other financial concerns about owning a spa deal with maintenance and the cost of upkeep. Granted, owning a spa means that you will have to keep a ready stock of chemicals. But if you keep up with keeping your spa clean and checking the chemical levels, you will only need to use a minimal amount of chemical to keep everything in tip top shape. In fact, you can get a complete spa chemical starter kit complete with testing supplies for about $40.

Another area where you will need to spend money if you buy a home spa is on spa equipment. Again, these purchases will be minimal and can be spread out over the course of time. $20 here and $20 there will help you build up your spa equipment inventory in no time. You can also save money here by opting for manual tools instead of automated tools.

You can expect energy costs of about $7 per week for an average sized spa if you use your home spa for an hour each day. You can reduce these costs by using a spa cover or thermal cover and by only using the jets when you are in the spa. Reducing the temperature setting by 3 degrees also adds up to a great deal of savings.

The bottom line is this: You could realistically have a spa for $100 to $125 per month if you don't have any money saved right now. If financing isn't an option, you can quickly and easily save up for your dream spa. Simply put back $50 per week and you could be sitting pretty in your home spa this time next year.

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Credit: Ian W Anderson of The Spa Resort, the spa information site. For more spa information and articles like this one visit: Spas

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