Having a hot tub in the backyard is a dream for many homeowners. However, even if you have the extra spending money to install one, it's important to consider whether it's a wise or practical purchase. Here are four things you should consider before installing a permanent hot tub:

How Much Space Do You Have?

It isn't just a matter of whether a hot tub will fit in your backyard. Even if it technically fits, you don't want a permanent hot tub that takes up most of your yard or you risk regretting the purchase next time you try to enjoy outdoor activities in the summer. Sunset Pool & Spas, a company that installs in ground hot tubs in Chicago, recommends that, “Before installing a permanent hot tub, check the measurements of both the tub and your yard to ensure that you're leaving enough space for other activities.”

How Much Use Will it Get?

Another important consideration is whether the hot tub will get enough use to justify the purchase. One major factor here is climate: if you live up north and two-thirds of the year feel like winter, for example, you may find that your family has little desire to use the tub outside of summer. You'll also want to consider if you and your family members have the leisure time and desire to use the hot tub regularly, because it should get enough use to justify the purchase.

What's your Budget Like?

Installing a hot tub isn't cheap, so before buying one, you'll want to make sure that you have enough disposable income to make the purchase. As with any leisure purchase, you should first make sure that you have all the necessities, such as food, gas money and utility payments, out of the way. In addition, check other purchases you've made lately with leftover spending money to make sure that you won't go over your budget once both the price of the tub and the cost of installation are factored in.

Is it Safe for Your Family?

In general, hot tubs are not dangerous. However, like any other pool or tub, there is always a drowning risk, and staying in hot tubes for longer than advisable can also have adverse effects on your health. For these reasons, a permanent hot tub may be an unwise purchase if you have small children, disabled family members or elderly relatives in your home, as it can present a potential danger to them.