How To Move A Hot Tub Safely In 3 Easy Steps

This post shows you the steps for moving a hot tub and provides helpful hints for making the process as easy as possible.

Moving a hot tub can be a challenge. You can have a professional moving crew on hand to help you out, but that can cost money. If you want to move your hot tub yourself, you should know a few things before getting started. This article will give you some tips on how to move your hot tub safely and easily.

Safety Reminders Before Moving Your Hot Tub

Hot tubs are not the easiest to move. While you may think you could move a hot tub by yourself, you will most likely damage the tub and injure yourself if you don't know how to do it properly.

If you need to move a hot tub, don't try to do it alone. Instead, you should get at least four people together and help you move a hot tub. Also, bear in mind that a hot tub weighs between 500 and 1000 pounds so make sure they're strong enough to lift it.

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When moving the hot tub, it's essential to have a plan and take the time to ensure that you've adequately prepared the new location for the hot tub. You'll want to ensure that the new site is level and located in a favorable spot. This will make the hot tub installation process easier and less likely to cause damage to the tub.

If you're planning to move your hot tub, make sure that you check the new location's proximity to the nearest compatible electrical outlet. Also, think about the potential wire run to avoid running the risk of tripping over the cord while you're on the way to relax in the hot tub.

STEP 1: Drain the hot tub

This step is pretty easy if you've been doing maintenance on your hot tub for a long time. Refer to your hot tub user's manual if you haven't done it before, or you can watch tutorial videos from YouTube.

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Unplug your hot tub and start draining your hot tub. You can do it by using a submersible pump, hose, wet/dry pump, or by simply opening the drain near the bottom of your hot tub. We recommend using a hose to direct the water away from the lawn or patio to avoid slipping when moving the hot tub.

STEP 2: Place the hot tub onto the furniture dolly

Position the furniture dolly so that it is directly under the hot tub. To do this, you need two people to grab the opposite corners of the hot tub and lift half of the hot tub high enough so that a third person can slide a 4x4 piece of lumber underneath it. Repeat this on the other side. With the hot tub completely off the ground, slide the furniture dolly underneath it and remove the 4x4.

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You can also do it by turning the hot tub on its side, especially if the path is too narrow. Just be careful not to tip it up onto the control panel because it could damage the sensitive controls. Cover the side panels with blankets to protect them from dents and scratches while moving.

STEP 3: Move the hot tub to a new location

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Using the furniture dolly, move the hot tub to its new location. Once you're in the right spot, slide the 4x4 boards back underneath to remove the dolly. Remove the 4x4 boards one a time by doing Step 1 in reverse order. You've successfully moved your hot tub to a new location. You just need to refill your hot tub and connect it to the power source.


Moving a hot tub needs careful planning to ensure your hot tub doesn't get damaged or cause injury during the process. Having a furniture dolly large enough to accommodate your hot tub and a team of four able people should be enough to get the job done. If you don't have access to a furniture dolly, you can improvise using PVC pipes to roll the hot tub forward. However, for more difficult tasks like moving it down the stairs or transporting it to a new property, it's best to have a professional do the job for you.