A hot tub is one of the most difficult things to have to move. Not only is it extremely heavy, it is also oddly shaped, and needs to be disconnected from the plumbing. If you sold the home you are leaving, you may have sold the hot tub with it, meaning you can't take it with you. However, if the hot tub was not included in the sale, it is up to you to take it or leave it. If you want to take it, but are worried about moving it, here are a few for getting it to your new home.
The easiest and safest way to move a hot tub is to pay professionals to do it. You will need to let the moving company know in advance that you have one to move. You may need to find a different company to take care of only the hot tub moving. However, you won't have to worry about someone getting hurt or damaging the tub when professionals do it. Even if something does happen, they will have insurance to cover any damage or injuries.
Pack Parts Separately
If you have decided to move the hot tub yourself, you will need to take off all the parts and pack them separately; this includes the motor, heater, control unit if possible, and any pipes or plumbing pieces. Be sure to switch the circuit breaker to off, shut off the gas line (you may want to have the gas company come to disconnect it for you,) and empty the tub completely before taking parts off.
Moving the Tub
Once you have ready to move the tub, be sure to have the necessary equipment ready. You will need two furniture dollies, some 4 X 4s, blankets, and a moving strap. It will take 3 or 4 people to get the tub onto the furniture dollies. Three people will lift the tub onto its side while the fourth person slips a 4 X 4 into position where the lifted side will be when put back down; this will be done on the other side as well so that the tub is lifted off the ground and sitting on the wood pieces. Now, slip the dollies between the wood, place the blankets on the tub, and secure the tub to the dollies with the moving strap. The tub can now be wheeled to the moving van.
Once you get the hot tub to its new home, you may want to have someone spend some time reassembling it and hooking up the plumbing. You may want to have a plumber there to get it all hooked up and ready for water. Fill the tub, turn on the heater, and you can get in to relax after a hard day moving.
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