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Purchasing a hot tub is a large investment which means you will want to make certain it is located in the perfect spot. One of the biggest decisions you will have to make regarding your hot tub is whether you want it indoors or outside. There are pros and cons to each type of installation.

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Purchasing a hot tub is a large investment which means you will want to make certain it is located in the perfect spot. One of the biggest decisions you will have to make regarding your hot tub is whether you want it indoors or outside. There are pros and cons to each.

Here are some things to consider before deciding where to install your hot tub.

Most hot tubs are meant to be installed oudoors. If you want to install a hot tub inside, keep in mind that water is very heavy; a filled tub can weigh up to 3,000 pounds.

Indoor tubs need solid support underneath and proper ventilation; poorly vented steam from the tub can damage paint, wood, drywalling, etc. You should consult a professional building contractor if you’re considering indoor hot tub installation.

When installing a hot tub outside, it needs to sit on a firm foundation. Try to make the installation surface as level as possible by removing any sod, soft dirt, rock or weeds.

Build your foundation using pea gravel and sand, concrete stepping stones, or pressure-treated wood. A concrete slab will provide a safe and solid foundation. It’s a little more costly but is highly desirable.

Remember to leave enough room around the perimeter of the tub. You’ll be glad you did when you need to access the side panels for maintenance.

Regardless of which type of installation you decide on, a hot tub can do wonders for your mind and body. Properly installed, it can also be a great way to add value to your home.

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