It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying your first hot tub, but before you pull out your wallet and clear space for your spa in the backyard, consider a few factors. From figuring out how much space you’ll need to understanding the upkeep required to maintain your hot tub, here are a few pieces of advice to avoid surprises down the road.

Size

Size matters when it comes to finding the perfect spa for you. Not only do you need to decide if you want a 3-person or 7-person tub, but you also need to determine how much space you have available for your spa. Will your party-sized hot tub fit on your deck or patio with enough room for your guests to comfortably climb in and out? Measure the outdoor area and determine spa dimensions before getting your heart set on a specific tub.

Location

In addition to calculating to see if the spa you’d like will fit in your desired location, you also need a spot with access to an electrical outlet. Furthermore, you’ll want to secure a sturdy and level area where your tub will sit problem free.

Maintenance

Your hot tub will require weekly and monthly maintenance, so it’s important that you’re committed to the upkeep. Although the tasks are simple, such as testing the pH levels and draining the spa water, these chores are necessary to maintain a high-performing tub for years to come. Are you prepared to commit? Make sure you understand what kind of maintenance is expected of you before you sign on the dotted line.

Features

Do some research and shopping around to determine what features and add-ons are most important to you. Maybe you want the most energy-efficient model in the line, state-of-the-art jets, or the latest stereo technology. Visit your local Jacuzzi® dealership to wet test the models and speak to the staff members to narrow down what you want from your spa experience.

To avoid getting stuck with a hot tub that’s too big for your outdoor space or one without your favorite massage options, don’t purchase the first spa you find. Just like any good relationship, these things take time. Do your research and visit some Jacuzzi® showrooms to make an educated decision.