By investing in a swim spa, you can enjoy the luxury of a heated spa pool while having the freedom to swim in the privacy of your own home. Although this purchase is an exciting process with many benefits, it's essential that you are aware of the costs beyond the initial price tag before making a decision.
What is the initial cost of a swim spa?
The cost of a swim spa changes significantly depending on its quality and features, with the up front price tag ranging anywhere from a few thousand, to tens of thousands. Opting for the lower figure might be tempting, but there are risks involved with buying a cheaper swim spa.
Depending who you buy from, you may end up with a low-quality spa thats prone to breaking. A cheaper spa may also be less efficient to run. Running into issues like this is only going to cost you more money in the long run. Its best to select the highest quality swim spa within your budget, and trusted Australian manufacturer like Sapphire Spas
What should I consider before buying a swim spa?
A fundamental part of your decision-making process will involve choosing the right location for your swim spa. Firstly, youll need to select an area with a foundation thats strong enough to hold the weight of your swim spa when it's in use. Your supplier should give you a clear indication of what this weight will be, with the typical wet weight of a swim spa being between 5700 kg and 6850kg.
In addition to the foundation, its vital that the chosen area provides secure and safe access to both power and water. A qualified professional will need to confirm area suitability and safely hook up the power source once the swim spa is delivered. At mySpa Sydney, we have fully licensed electricians, so, we can ensure that this process is done correctly.
To enhance safety even further, you are also required to get council permission before you begin to install. Accordingly, under the NSW Swimming Pools Act 1992, which states that pools filled with over 2,000 litres of water, including all swim spas, must gain council development approval before installation. This initial approval generally costs around $110. Similarly, the same act requires you to install a child-resistant barrier which can cost you anywhere between $100- $2,000 depending on the size, location, and type of barrier you select.
If you need help meeting these requirements, the Council can provide free on-site consultations. Once the specifications have been met, youll need to undertake a swimming pool compliance certificate
, which costs around $100. Youll also need to register your swim spa for free on the NSW Swimming Pool Register site
. If for any reason gaining council consent isnt achievable, MySpa Sydney offers a full refund on your deposit.
How much does it cost to get a swim spa delivered?
Once you've gained the necessary consent and approval, you can start organising for your swim spa to be delivered. While some suppliers require you to arrange this yourself, the team at mySpa Sydney will work with you to establish an effective delivery process.
Typically, due to the heavy nature of swim spas, they will need to be lifted by crane onto the desired location. The price will vary depending on what crane and manpower your spa requires.
At mySpa Sydney our team is very experienced in structural landscaping, landscape carpentry and outdoor spa installations. We have a wealth of experience from completing hundreds of jobs throughout the last 12 years. Weve worked with budgets of $1,000 right up to $400,000 throughout the years and we pride ourselves on getting the best outcome for our clients.
Where should I install a swim spa?
Dependent on what areas meet the requirements, you can opt to have your swim spa installed outside or inside. As most people enjoy spending time in the fresh air, swim spas are often installed above ground in the backyard. This location choice is the quickest to install and helps to achieve the desired 0.5-metre clearance around all sides of your swim spa. In the case of any future maintenance, having this space allows for the swim spa to be easily accessed.
To prepare for this type of installation, youll need a concrete pad with a minimum thickness of 150mm. A swim spa is usually around 3475 x 22850 x 1100 mm. However, subject to these dimensions, the cost of the concrete slab will vary. When sourcing this concrete, its best to seek advice from experts, such as our experienced landscaper Dan
Likewise, if you are thinking of surrounding your swim spa with a deck or building a paved area or pergola, our experts will do their best to find the most effective landscaping option within your budget.
Although an outside location is often ideal, you may prefer to have your swim spa installed inside. If this is the case, youll need a room that has an efficient ventilation and drainage system, as well as non-slip waterproof floors. Indoor installations, however, are generally easiest if your house is still under construction. If you want to install your swim spa in an existing space, this is only possible if there is a large opening such as a patio or garage door.
How much does it cost to heat a swim spa?
While running a standard swimming pool can cost around $800 - $1,200 annually, a swim spa uses much less electricity. Your power bill may be more expensive than you anticipate however, if you opt for a cheaper swim spa with poor insulation.
Alternatively, by investing in a high-quality swim spa that has POWERsmart controls
, your electricity costs will be much less. These controls require 75% less energy than conventional electric heaters. Our lockable hardcovers then help to retain the heat in your spa. A quality manufactured spa from mySpa Sydney will ensure you are getting a premium product that runs as it should.
What are the maintenance costs of swim spas?
Traditional swimming pool maintenance can be extremely time-consuming, whereas swim spas are relatively simple to keep clean. The ease of maintenance is especially enhanced if you have invested in a high-quality swim spa with an advanced purification system. Rather than frequently having to renew the water, mySpa Sydney will provide you with an easy water care plan that considers your personal use.
Similarly, any potential maintenance is made easy with our life-care warranties and locally manufactured parts, which means you wont have lengthy delays on repairments.
After reading this article, we hope that you have gained a greater understanding of what is involved with the purchase of a swim spa. At mySpa Sydney
, we recognise this purchase is a significant investment, which is why we are fully dedicated to helping you find a swim spa that suits you best.