How to Move a Hot Tub?

There comes a time in the life of a hot tub owner when the need arises to relocate this cherished source of relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether it's because you're moving to a new home or simply changing the layout of your backyard, the process of moving a hot tub can seem like a daunting task. However, with a well-organized plan and a clear understanding of the steps involved, you can make this endeavor not only manageable but also successful. In this comprehensive guide, we'll take you through each step to ensure that your hot tub is moved with care and precision.



Preparing to move your beloved hot tub is a complex undertaking that demands not only careful planning but also having the appropriate tools. The success of your hot tub's relocation hinges on your ability to equip yourself with the right resources from the get-go.


Moving Straps or Dolly: These are essential for handling the hot tub. Moving straps provide a secure grip for lifting, while a sturdy dolly aids in transportation. Ensure they are suitable for your hot tub's size and condition.

Plywood Sheets: Use plywood sheets to protect the tub's bottom and evenly distribute its weight. Make sure you have enough to cover the entire bottom surface.

Screwdrivers and wrenches: Hot tubs may need partial disassembly. Have a variety of screwdrivers and wrenches of different sizes on hand to remove panels or components.

Draining Equipment: Properly drain the hot tub before the move. You'll need a pump or siphon, along with hoses, for efficient water removal.

Protective Coverings: Preserve the hot tub's exterior by covering it with towels or blankets. Secure them to prevent shifting during transport.

Transportation Vehicle: Use a suitable trailer or truck with the capacity to safely carry your hot tub. Ensure the vehicle is in good working condition.

Safety Measures: Safety is paramount. Ensure everyone involved knows proper lifting techniques and is aware of potential risks associated with moving a heavy object like a hot tub. Consider using safety gear like gloves and back braces to minimize injury risk.



The second step in the process of moving your hot tub is ensuring it's properly drained. This is a crucial task that not only ensures the safety of the move but also safeguards the integrity of your hot tub during transportation.

Turn off the Power: Disconnect the hot tub from its power source by switching off the circuit breaker or disconnecting the switch. This is a vital safety precaution.

Prepare the Drainage Hose: Connect a garden hose to the hot tub's drain spigot, ensuring a secure attachment for efficient water removal.

Select a Drainage Spot: Choose a suitable location for water drainage that won't cause damage to your property or inconvenience neighbors.

Open the Drain Valve: Open the hot tub's drain valve to allow water to flow through the hose.

Monitor the Drainage: Be patient, as it may take hours for complete drainage. Ensure the hose remains secure and free from kinks.

After draining, consider whether it would be appropriate to clean the hot tub. We wrote about this topic here.



Properly disconnecting the electrical and plumbing components of your hot tub is a crucial step in preparing it for a safe and seamless relocation.

Turn Off Power: Ensure the power supply to your hot tub is off at the circuit breaker or disconnect switch, just as you did when draining it.

Locate and Disconnect Power Sources: Find and disconnect all electrical sources, including control panels and accessories.

Secure Electrical Wires: Cap and secure wires to protect them from moisture or damage. Label them for easy reconnection later.

Turn Off Water Supply: Shut off the water supply to prevent water from entering the plumbing during the move.

Drain Remaining Water: Open drain valves or spigots to ensure the plumbing is water-free to prevent freezing during transit.

Disconnect Plumbing: Carefully disconnect plumbing connections, such as supply and return lines. Keep components organized for reassembly.

Seal Plumbing Connections: Seal disconnected plumbing securely to prevent contamination. Use appropriate caps or plugs.



Creating a clear and safe pathway for moving your hot tub is a critical element in ensuring a successful and hassle-free relocation.

Measure and Plan: Measure your hot tub's dimensions and assess the pathway to ensure sufficient space for unobstructed movement.

Clear the Path: Remove any obstacles, such as furniture and debris, to create a wide, obstacle-free route.

Check for Elevation Changes: Address elevation changes like steps or slopes using ramps or leveling equipment.

Secure Safety Barriers: Install temporary safety barriers or warning signs for potentially hazardous areas.

Protect Flooring Indoors (if applicable): Safeguard indoor flooring with protective materials to prevent damage.

Communicate with Movers: Ensure everyone involved is informed about the pathway and any challenges.

Secure the Hot Tub for Transport: Confirm that the hot tub is securely fastened to the moving equipment for a safe and stable move.



Ensuring the safety and condition of your hot tub throughout the relocation process is essential. To achieve this, comprehensive protective measures must be taken.

Cover the Hot Tub: Begin by draping a robust, weather-resistant cover over your hot tub. This initial layer serves as a shield, guarding the hot tub's exterior against dust, debris, and potential damage during transit.

Secure the Cover: To prevent any shifting or loosening of the cover during transport, employ sturdy straps or reliable bungee cords to secure it tightly.

Wrap Fragile Components: Identify and safeguard any delicate components of the hot tub, such as jets, controls, or sensitive fixtures.

Seal Openings: Take care to seal all openings on the hot tub, including the skimmer, drains, and access panels.

Insulate the Hot Tub: In cases where you're transporting the hot tub in cold weather conditions, consider insulating it against freezing temperatures. Cover the hot tub with thermal blankets or add additional layers of insulating material.

Protect the Interior: To ensure the safety of the hot tub's interior, apply cushioning or padding to any exposed surfaces. Particular attention should be paid to the hot tub's acrylic shell, which requires adequate padding to safeguard against potential impacts.

Secure Loose Components: Remove any removable components from the hot tub, such as covers, steps, or accessories.

Use a Hot Tub Dolly (if available): If you have access to specialized hot tub dollies or moving equipment, capitalize on these tools to ensure the secure transport of the hot tub.

Label Fragile Areas: Employ clear and prominent labels to mark any fragile areas or components that require special care and attention during the move.



Moving a hot tub can be physically demanding, and having the right equipment is essential for both safety and efficiency.

Choose the Right Equipment: Your first step is selecting the appropriate moving equipment, which typically comes down to two primary options: a moving dolly or heavy-duty lifting straps.


First Option: Using a Moving Doll

Position the Dolly: Start by placing the moving dolly near one end of the hot tub, making sure it's centered and aligned with the hot tub's weight distribution.

Lift and Tilt: With the assistance of several strong individuals, gently lift one end of the hot tub and carefully tilt it onto the dolly. Ensure that the hot tub is stable and well-balanced on the doll's platform.

Secure the Hot Tub: Employ straps or harnesses to secure the hot tub firmly to the dolly. These straps should be positioned both over and under the tub to provide vertical and horizontal stability.

Test Maneuverability: Before proceeding with the move, conduct a test run to confirm that the hot tub is securely fastened to the dolly and that you can maneuver it safely.


Second Option: Using Heavy-Duty Lifting Straps

Heavy-duty lifting straps are designed to evenly distribute weight and offer leverage for lifting and carrying heavy objects.

Position the Straps: Place the lifting straps beneath the hot tub, ensuring they are evenly spaced along its length.

Secure the Straps: Attach the lifting straps to a group of individuals, positioning them to evenly distribute the hot tub's weight. Each person should maintain a firm grip on the straps.

Lift and Move: With coordinated effort, lift the hot tub while using the lifting straps for support. Keep the hot tub level and balanced as you transport it to the desired location.


Safety Precautions:

Regardless of your chosen equipment, safety should always be a top priority. Clear and effective communication with your team is crucial for coordinating movements safely.

Maneuver with Caution: When using a moving dolly, exercise caution when navigating tight spaces, doorways, or uneven terrain.

Monitor Weight Limits: Stay mindful of the weight limits specified for the equipment you are using. Ensure that the hot tub's weight falls within these limits.

Consider Professional Movers: If the weight of the hot tub or the complexity of the move presents significant challenges, it may be wise to enlist the services of professional movers experienced in handling hot tub relocations.



Loading your hot tub onto a trailer or truck is a pivotal moment in its relocation journey. It demands careful planning, execution, and safety measures to ensure both the well-being of your hot tub and a successful move.

Prepare the Vehicle: Inspect the trailer or truck to ensure it's in good condition, including tires, brakes, and the hitch.

Position the Vehicle: Park it on level ground for easy access during loading.

Gather Equipment: Prior to the loading phase, gather all the essential equipment required, such as ramps, straps, and padding. These tools are indispensable for ensuring a smooth and secure loading operation.

Position the Hot Tub: Carefully place it near the vehicle, ensuring proper alignment.

Use Ramps or Lifts: If available, use ramps or lifts to reduce the angle for loading.

Lift and Load: Lift one end of the hot tub with a team and load it onto the vehicle carefully.

Secure the Hot Tub: Use heavy-duty straps to secure it tightly, preventing movement during transit.

Protect the Hot Tub: Place padding between the hot tub and hard surfaces to prevent damage.

Balance the Load: Distribute weight evenly if loading other items with the hot tub.

Double-check: Ensure everything is secure and balanced before departure.

Drive with Caution: Exercise caution, especially when turning or on uneven terrain.

Consider Professionals: If unsure, professionals can assist with the challenging task.



Having successfully loaded your hot tub onto a trailer or truck, the next critical phase is the actual transportation and unloading process. This step requires meticulous planning and careful execution to ensure the safe and secure transit of your hot tub to its new location.

Drive with Caution: Drive cautiously, maintaining a moderate speed, and avoiding abrupt maneuvers.

Check Security: Periodically check the hot tub's securement during transit to ensure it remains stable.

Monitor Weather: Keep an eye on weather conditions and adjust your driving accordingly.

Arrive Safely: Park the vehicle in a suitable unloading location, ensuring it's level and obstacle-free.

Unloading Preparation: Before unloading, inspect the hot tub's securement and straps.

Unloading Team: Assemble a team to assist with unloading, ensuring everyone knows their roles.

Use Ramps or Lifts (if available): If ramps or lifts were used during loading, reverse the process to lower the hot tub gently.

Lifting and Placement: If ramps or lifts weren't used, lift the hot tub carefully and place it in the desired spot.

Positioning and Leveling: Ensure the hot tub is level and stable, using shims if needed.

Remove Straps and Padding: Remove straps, tie-downs, and padding used during transit.

Final Inspection: Inspect for any damage, signs of shifting, or impact during transit or unloading.



Once you've safely unloaded and positioned your hot tub at its new location, the next crucial step is to reconnect its electrical and plumbing components.

Gather Tools and Materials: Collect necessary tools and materials, including wrenches, pliers, and electrical tape.

Turn Off Power: Switch off the power source at the main electrical panel to prevent accidents.

Consult the Manual: Follow the manufacturer's instructions for reconnection and consult diagrams if available.

Reconnect Electrical Wiring: Inspect and reconnect wires according to color codes, using waterproof connectors.

Test Electrical Systems: Power on the hot tub and test the control panel, lights, jets, and heater.

Reconnect Plumbing Lines: Inspect and reconnect plumbing lines, using sealants for secure connections.

Tighten Fittings Securely: Tighten plumbing fittings using wrenches or pliers without over-tightening.



After successfully reconnecting the electrical and plumbing components of your hot tub, the next vital step is to fill and comprehensively test your hot tub.

Fill the Hot Tub: Use a garden hose or dedicated water source to fill the hot tub to the appropriate level. Ensure the water is clean and free from debris.

Check for Airlocks: While filling, watch for airlocks in the plumbing system. Open bleed valves or vents to release any air bubbles until the water flows smoothly.

Test the Jets: Activate all jets to check the water pressure and direction for a satisfying hydrotherapy experience.

Inspect Pump and Filtration: Monitor pump and filtration system performance, ensuring effective water circulation and debris removal. Listen for unusual noises or vibrations.

Test the Heater: Evaluate the heater by adjusting the temperature settings and confirming it maintains the desired water temperature.

Test the Lights: Check the underwater or perimeter lighting for proper operation.

Check for Leaks: Inspect plumbing connections and components for leaks while the hot tub is in use. Promptly address any issues.

Adjust Water Chemistry: Use water testing kits to maintain pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels within recommended ranges.

Monitor Water Levels: Regularly check and top up water levels to ensure optimal component function.

Establish Maintenance Schedule: Create a routine maintenance schedule, including filter cleaning, o-ring inspection, and periodic draining and refilling for water quality.


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Moving a hot tub is a challenging task but can be managed with careful planning. Whether you're relocating or repositioning, safety should be the top priority. Gather the right tools and safety gear, and avoid rushing any step.