You’ve chosen your ideal Jacuzzi® Hot Tub and are anticipating its arrival, but are you sure you have everything in order? From researching hot tub installation costs to the rules and regulations of your HOA and county, there’s plenty to navigate before setting up the latest addition to your household. Read through our helpful tips to ensure a smooth setup and a well-functioning spa:

Obtain the Necessary Permits

Work with your dealership to determine whether any permits are required to install your hot tub. Most cities and counties require authorization for exterior electrical circuits and for construction, for example, if you are building a gazebo or an addition to house your hot tub. Check with your HOA, if you’re part of one, as they may require their own permits. They may also have other requirements, such as placing it in a certain location.

Decide on a Foundation

While the dealership will handle all the details of installing your hot tub, choosing the foundation upon which your hot tub will reside is a choice that only you can make. You’ll want a foundation that supports your hot tub, ensures proper drainage when it rains or snows, and, of course, looks good!

If you’re installing your hot tub on an existing deck or patio, make sure that space is strong enough to hold the weight of the hot tub, the water, and the people who will use it. On solid ground, such as in your backyard, the hot tub should be elevated on a 100 percent level foundation. Gravel is an inexpensive material that makes a great base; concrete, while more expensive, will last a long time and does not require much maintenance.

Choose the Perfect Location

Ensure you’ve taken into account the great outdoors and Mother Nature’s whims. Placing the hot tub in the middle of your backyard might be nice in the spring, but in the summer, you and your guests may get too hot without shade. Conversely, during the colder months you’ll probably want to get inside quickly after a dip in your hot tub.  Positioning it near a changing room or door leading inside in wintry areas—or under a patio cover or gazebo in sunny climates—can make a big difference in how you enjoy your spa. Consider adding a walkway and perimeter path to avoid tracking debris from the yard into your hot tub, and remember to leave room for maintenance and entertaining.

Consider the Electrical Requirements

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are built to operate at different power and usage levels, so their electrical requirements vary by model. To ensure you enjoy full functionality of your new spa, consult with your dealership. They can help you coordinate with an electrician when you purchase your hot tub so that by installation day, you will be ready to go.

The team at your Jacuzzi® dealership can help you with hot tub installation ideas, from choosing the best setting and foundation to planning the details of your delivery day. A little planning ahead will ensure you enjoy the maximum health and relaxation benefits of your hot tub.

Here’s a handy installation checklist to keep on your fridge when you get closer to the day your new spa arrives.