Are you looking to move your hot tub? Whether moving it to a new location in your yard or relocating it to another property, the process can seem daunting.
According to Fiberon, a hot tub that does not contain water generally weighs about 900 pounds, whereas a hot tub with water can weigh up to 6,000 pounds. In addition to being extremely heavy, hot tubs are also quite delicate, so it’s important to take extra care when moving one. If you’re not careful, you can damage the tub and even injure yourself. If you can afford the services of a professional moving firm, we highly recommend booking one. If hiring movers isn’t in your budget, though, moving a big hot tub may be accomplished with the right planning, tools, and a few strong buddies.
Steps by Step Process to Move a Hot Tub
1. Gather Moving Supplies
Before you begin moving your hot tub, gather all the necessary equipment and supplies. This includes:
Moving straps or rope
Two furniture dollies (Get a moving dolly at your local Home Depot. Renting a dolly from the home improvement store can cost up to 1000 dollars.)
Large plywood sheets
Shovels and wheelbarrows (for moving dirt, gravel, etc.)
If you’re renting a truck to move your hot tub, reserve it well in advance. The last thing you want is to show up on moving day only to find out that there are no trucks available. You’ll need to rent a 15-foot-long box truck, depending on the size of your hot tub. If you are renting a truck to transport your hot tub, make sure it will fit inside the container before you book. Your rented vehicle should also have a loading ramp to make moving easier. You should also be aware that most rental truck companies have a maximum weight limit of 4,000 or 5,000 pounds. If your hot tub weighs more than that, you may need to rent a larger truck or hire a professional moving company.
3. Recruit Moving Help
Moving a hot tub on your own can be challenging, so it’s a good idea to recruit some help from friends or family members. If possible, try to find at least 2-3 people to assist with the move. Make sure that everyone is aware of exactly what they need to do and that they are wearing proper safety equipment (such as heavy-duty gloves and clothing) during the move. To assist with moving, you’ll need to recruit at least six friends. If you can’t locate free assistance, you’ll have to hire labor-only movers. You may visit the HireAHelper online marketplace to locate moving labor experts in your region.
4. Assess Your Surroundings
Before moving your hot tub, take a few minutes to assess the surrounding area. Ideally, it would be best to place the hot tub on a flat and level surface close to an electrical outlet. You’ll also need to make sure there are no obstacles that could make moving the hot tub difficult. For example, if there are any steps leading up to the area where you’ll be placing the hot tub, you’ll need to find another spot. Moving a hot tub up or downstairs is extremely dangerous and should be avoided.
5. Disconnect the Hot Tub
Once you’ve found the perfect spot for your hot tub, it’s time to disconnect it. Begin by turning off the power at the breaker box. Next, use a wrench to disconnect the hoses attached to the hot tub. Be sure to label each hose to know where they go when you reattach them later. Check that all cables are secured so that nothing dangles from the hot tub. If feasible, wrap exposed cords in waterproof bags to keep them dry during transit.
After the hot tub is disconnected, you’ll need to drain all the water from it. Most models have a plug on the bottom that can be removed to allow water to flow out. If your hot tub doesn’t have a plug, you can still drain it by opening the drain valve and attaching a hose to the valve. Run the other end of the hose to a nearby drain or outdoor area where the water can be safely discharged. Once the hot tub is drained, remove any remaining water with a wet/dry vacuum. This will help prevent mold and mildew from forming inside the hot tub during transit.
7. Clean the Hot Tub
Before transporting your hot tub:
Please give it a thorough cleaning. This will help prevent the spread of dirt and debris while moving it.
Use a heavy-duty cleaner and scrub brush to remove any stubborn stains or buildup on the hot tub’s surface.
Wipe down all interior surfaces with a clean cloth dipped in soapy water.
Once you’ve finished cleaning, rinse the hot tub with clean water and dry it off with a soft towel.
Plan Your Route
Once your hot tub is clean and dry, it’s time to plan your route. Take note of any obstacles along the path from your current location to where the hot tub will be placed. This includes steps, curbs, and narrow doorways. If necessary, disassemble the hot tub or remove doors from their hinges to make moving easier. Once you’ve assessed the route and made any necessary preparations, you’re ready to start moving your hot tub.
8. Place Plywood Pieces Under the Hot Tub
To make it easier to move your hot tub, you may want to use plywood pieces as a base. This is especially important if the surface you’re placing the hot tub on is uneven or rough. It will also make it simpler to roll the furniture dollies under the spa. Lay down 2-3 thick pieces of plywood and place your hot tub on top. Make sure that the bottom of the hot tub is evenly supported on all sides. To raise the hot tub onto the wood, you’ll need at least three persons to lift every corner a few inches off the ground.
9. Slide Furniture Dollies Underneath the Hot Tub
Once the plywood is in place, it’s time to start moving the hot tub. Begin by sliding furniture dollies underneath each corner of the spa. If you don’t have furniture dollies, you can use other types of wheeled carts. Just be sure that they’re strong enough to support the weight of the hot tub. Once all four dollies are in place, make sure they’re evenly spaced, and the wheels are locked. Your pals should have their hands on all sides of the hot tub—one helper at the rear end, one ahead, and one on either sides.
10. Attach Straps to the Hot Tub
To prevent the hot tub from tipping over during transit, you’ll need to attach straps to it. Start by running a strap around the middle of the spa and attaching it to two of the dollies. Next, do the same thing with a strap around the bottom of the hot tub. Finally, run a strap over the top of the spa and attach it to the remaining two dollies. Make sure that all straps are tight and secure before you start moving.
11. Roll the Hot Tub to the Loading Ramp and Load it onto the Truck
Now it’s time to start moving your hot tub. Begin by carefully aligning the dollies with the loading ramp and pushing them up the ramp. Once you’ve reached the top, have another person guide you as you position the dollies at an angle directly below the flatbed truck. With one person on each side of the spa, lift the hot tub up and onto the truck. Be sure to keep your footing and watch out for any obstacles, such as cables or other equipment on the truck. Once the spa is securely in place, carefully remove the dollies and lower the straps. Finally, check all of your straps and tie-downs before you begin driving. It would be best to keep an eye on the hot tub throughout your journey, checking periodically to ensure that it’s staying in place.
What not to do when moving a hot tub
Do not attempt to move a hot tub on your own. Instead, enlist the help of several strong and experienced individuals who can safely lift and move the spa.
Please do not put the full weight of the hot tub on its control panel. This could damage the control panel, making it difficult or impossible to operate the spa.
Do not try to move a full hot tub, which can weigh as much as 6,000 pounds. If possible, empty the spa of water and remove any accessories before moving it.
Consider Hiring a Professional to Move your Hot Tub
If you have the means, consider hiring professionals to move your hot tub instead. Moving it yourself poses many hazards, including injury and damage. Professional spa movers have the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to relocate your hot tub with care.
If your hot tub is still under warranty, professional movers may be necessary to guarantee that you do not void the warranty. Not all moving firms are experienced with hot tubs, so make sure to inquire about them specifically or go with a firm specializing in this sort of relocation.
Moving a hot tub can be a daunting task. Whether you are moving a hot tub on your own or hiring a professional to help, it is critical to take the necessary precautions and follow best practices for safety and efficiency. It’s important to do your research and plan ahead so that the move goes as smoothly as possible. By preparing in advance, securing the hot tub properly, and maintaining constant vigilance during the move, you can ensure that your spa arrives at its new location safely and securely.
The cost of moving a hot tub is determined by various elements, including the overall move distance, whether it’s an in-state or out-of-state transfer, any potential obstacles along the route if the hot tub must go up or downstairs, and so on. You can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $400 or more for a hot tub move.
What are some tips for ensuring the safety and efficiency of a hot tub move?
When moving a hot tub, key considerations include:
Use heavy-duty dollies or straps to prevent tipping.
Carefully align the spa with the loading ramp.
Enlisting the help of experienced professionals if necessary.
Additionally, it is important to stay alert and maintain your focus throughout the move to avoid any potential hazards. Finally, check your straps and tie-downs regularly to ensure that they are secure throughout the journey.
While it is technically possible to move a hot tub on your own, it is generally not recommended. Moving a hot tub by yourself poses several risks, including injury and damage to the spa. If you decide to move a hot tub on your own, be sure to follow all safety precautions and best practices to avoid any accidents. Additionally, you may want to consider emptying the spa of water before attempting to move it.
In some cases, you may need a permit to move a hot tub. Check with your local municipality to see if a permit is required for your move. Even if a permit is not required, you may still need to notify your homeowner’s insurance company about the move.
The drain valve should be opened and a garden hose attached to it to drain most of the water. The draining time will be reduced greatly with a submersible pump. You’ll need to use a wet-dry vac to remove the remaining water from the pipes and collect the puddles.
Alex Sherr is the founder of My Long Distance Movers, a blog that provides moving information and resources for people who are relocating. He has more than two decades of experience in the moving and relocation industry, and he is passionate about helping people relocate smoothly and efficiently. When he's not writing or blogging, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.