It's happened – the last kid has moved out of the house, and you're officially an empty nester. Now, you get to make any changes to the house that you've pictured doing for the last several years. One of the first things that many empty nesters do is get rid of the huge swimming pool taking up all of the yard and downsize to the spa of their dreams. Here, you'll find a few ideas that might help push you in the direction of a spa to enjoy during your much-earned quiet time.

Spa Services

You know all the time that you used to spend taking care of the swimming pool? Well, that's not going to be an issue anymore. In fact, you can make arrangements with a spa services company to come out and service your spa for you. All that you'll have to do is check the pH balance now and then and enjoy soaking in the warmth.

Think about it – no more lugging huge buckets of chlorine, no more spending hours scooping the leaves out of the pool, and no more spending hours sweeping the pool before the algae takes over. You'll have your little spa that requires so much less work – and it can be enjoyed year-round!

Upgrade to a Motorized Cover

One of the downsides of having a spa at your home is lifting the cover to take it off and put it back on. At first, this might not be too difficult, but as the top ages, it will become heavier and become more difficult. So, to eliminate this struggle, there are motorized covers for you to choose from.

Some of these covers just lift and turn the cover to the side; others are super-fancy and, when raised, create a canopy over the spa. These can also include speaker systems, lighting, and even screens to enclose the spa.

This isn't an investment that you have to make right away. For now, you can get your spa and use it like crazy. Eventually, if manually moving the cover gets to be too much, you can upgrade to a system that will move it for you.

Talk with the professionals at a local spa dealership like Anchor Pools & Spas. Professionals can help you find the spa that you'll enjoy, offer you the maintenance services that you'll need, and even help you decide if now's the time to upgrade to a motorized cover or if the standard cover will suit your needs for now.