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How to Move a Hot Tub Without Flooding Your Yard

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The hot tub – it can be both the most relaxing and difficult part of your home. Moving that heavy thing out of your yard is is not a simple lift and load operation. There are several steps involved to ensure that you’re both safely moving and not turning your yard into springtime rapids.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to get that clunky tub out and into storage.

Unplug and disconnect all electrical wires

First and most importantly, make sure you’re disconnected from any electrical sources – as stressful as moving a heavy object can be, the last thing you want is a life-threatening injury.

Empty the hot tub & get rid of the water

You don’t want those tomatoes you’ve spent countless hours on to get washed away. Be sure to slowly drain the water into your yard and check local regulations on how much water you can release at once. Once done, make sure to secure the drain cap.

Hot tub moving tools: using straps, dollies, lumber

You’ll need a few tools before even attempting to move your hot tub. Maybe sure you secure at least two dollies to assist the the relocation. Also, make sure to have 2 large 2×4 slats of wood to put under the tub before you load the dollies. This keeps your tub secure and prevents any cracking or damage. Straps are also essential for securing the tub both before and after loading.

Properly position & transport the hot tub

Ensure your hot tub is dry, first and foremost. You don’t want slipping or disasters. Secure the cover on the hot tub before moving anything. Then, be sure you have at least 2 other friends around to assist with the lifting. Once ready, lift the tub and slide the 2×4 slats underneath. This will make it easier to slide the dollies below. One dolly will go under the front and one under the back. Start moving (very slowly).

Load a hot tub on a truck or trailer

A ramp is very helpful during the load process. Place the ramp against the truck or trailer slowly and with the help of the dollies, roll the tub up and onto the truck. Once on the truck, secure the tub with additional straps. You don’t want to lose your sanctuary on your way.

Unload and flip

Once you’ve reached your destination, slide the tub down the ramp and reverse the process you used to load the tub. You’ve done it once before, and while it might not be any easier, you’ll know the steps.

Keeping it clean

You’re almost there – home stretch. Remove the cover once you’ve placed the hot tub where it needs to be. Once that’s done, sanitize and clean the tub so it’s ready to go for your next use. Prepare and fill it up – it’s finally time to relax.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of the steps above, Dolly’s the perfect solution. We move smaller hot tubs onto a truck and across town. Our Helpers also provide labor-only services for when that tub needs to be stored elsewhere in your house. Note: It’s recommended that if your tub is heavier than what two people can comfortably lift, you should hire a professional mover to help.

Need some extra hot tub moving help? Here’s a step-by-step video guide:

Sonal is the Sr. Marketing Manager at Dolly. She loves storytelling and building great experiences for customers.

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