Hot Tub Moving 101: The Steamy Secrets to Hiring Hot Tub Movers

Preparation is key when moving a hot tub to your new home. Make sure to follow these steps in order to ensure a smooth and damage-free hot tub move.

What to Know Before Hiring Hot Tub Movers - iMoving

A hot tub is a bulky and awkward item to move from one place to another, making it pretty expensive for relocation services. Find out how much yours will cost below.

So, how do you even find the right hot tub mover? Don’t worry, in this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about finding and hiring the best hot tub moving company for your budget. 

1. Research Hot Tub Moving Options

Below we’ve detailed the different ways you can reach out to hot tub movers in your area:

  • Referrals: Ask your family or friends for good recommendations if they’ve had any experience with a hot tub mover. This allows you to receive a first-hand account of the moving company and whether it’ll be a good fit.
  • Online: A simple Google search can do the trick to finding a reputable hot tub moving company. Use precise location settings on Google to cater to the moving companies around you.
  • Online Marketplace: Some examples of online marketplaces are places like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or TaskRabbit. These spaces allow you to compare prices for moving options.
  • Social Media: While scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, you might see hot tub advertisements so be on the lookout. Most hot tub moving companies will have a social media page or website for you to browse and get a sense of their expertise.
  • Local Hot Tub Dealer: If you have a local hot tub dealer in your area, give them a call and ask if they have a preferred hot tub moving company they recommend to customers. This is always a safe bet.
  • Home Improvement Stores: Stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s most likely will have a list of local contractors to help move your hot tub. If you’re on a tight budget, we recommend starting here because these movers will not specialize in hot tubs, but moving in general.
  • Existing Moving Company: If you’re already hiring a moving company for a long-distance move, ask your long-distance movers about the additional cost if a hot tub is involved. Hot tubs weigh anywhere from 500 lbs to 1000 lbs (for a 6-seater). A moving cost calculator can assist you with pricing. Be sure to consider the cost of stairs, ease of access, etc. when hiring your moving company.

2. Request Quotes And Compare Options

Once you’ve figured out some options, the next step is to give the reps a call and collect some essential information like specific pricing. The more information you give, the more accurate the quote will be, so try to be as transparent as possible.

  • Quotes: We suggest acquiring quotes from at least 3 different hot tub moving companies to ensure you get the best deal possible. 

Prices typically range from $200 to $1500. It’s important to note that the cheapest option is not always the best option. Look for companies with glowing customer reviews and expertise in the industry. 

  • Experience: Not all moving services have experience in the hot tub industry, so make sure to research thoroughly. Here are some examples of questions you can ask the reps to get a clearer picture of their experience:
    • What’s your experience in moving hot tubs, and how long have you been in the business?
    • What’s a rough estimate on the number of hot tubs you’ve moved?
    • How long does the average hot tub move take?
    • Do you use moving/flooring pads to protect the relocation?
    • Have you encountered any problems when moving hot tubs?
    • What kinds of insurance options do you have?

Installation Into Your New Home: After the hot tub is moved into your new home, you need to have it installed.

Typically, you hire an electrician to install the hot tub. If the movers are also trained electricians, then definitely consider utilizing their services.

3. Choose The Best Hot Tub Moving Company For You

We can assist you with the details, but at the end of the day, this is your decision to make. Go with whatever moving company you trust is best for your situation. Remember the three most important factors when choosing reasonably priced, experienced, and customer reviews.

Also, make sure they have all the necessary details regarding your hot tub. The last thing you want is for the hot tub movers to arrive without the right equipment, leading to you being charged more than what you agreed upon.

Here are the basic factors to share with your moving company:

  • The hot tub manufacturer and model number
  • The weight of the hot tub
  • The dimensions of the hot tub
  • The current location of the hot tub
  • The final destination of the hot tub
  • Any stairs? Long passageways?
  • Date & Time?

4. Time for the Move

  • Make sure you are there when they arrive and are moving the hot tub in case anything goes wrong. 
  • Prepare the area by moving any items that could block/hinder their path. 
  • Disconnect the hot tub and drain the water (if the movers don’t do it for free)
  • Soon it’ll be time to enjoy the hot tub in the new home.

Why Hire a Professional?

Although it can be costly to move your hot tub, there are many benefits to hiring a moving service. First, a professional moving company will have enough manpower and expertise to maneuver the hot tub without injury. 

When hiring a quality hot tub moving company, they’ll make an in-home visit and give you a quote based on ease of access, stair fees, etc. They’ll also include moving pads, stretch wrap, and floor coverings with the price to not damage items or scratch walls on the way out.

Commonly, hot tubs require special disassembly or unpacking instructions, like draining the water or disconnecting the plumbing, which the movers handle with care. Also, if something unexpected comes up, the moving company will know what to do because they’ve dealt with these problems before.

Hiring a professional will give you the peace of mind that the job will be done efficiently and correctly, with minimal to no damage.


Remove all of the water and disconnect any electrical plug from its outlet. Don’t forget to drain the shell, pump, and pipes. Google how to remove bacteria from your hot tub pipes. Allow it to dry.

Moving companies charge anywhere from $200 to $1500, depending on distance and additional fees. Call a moving company rep to get a more accurate estimate or use a moving cost calculator.

It can take up to two hours, depending on your experience. You can either use a garden hose or submersible pump to get the water out.

Nik Watson

Meet Nik, a writer specializing in real estate and moving. Over the past two years, he's written for various real estate firms and e-commerce companies, gaining expertise and a solid reputation. Nik has moved several times recently, experiencing both DIY and professional moves. He recommends using professional movers to reduce stress significantly. When not writing, Nik explores other business opportunities in real estate and moving

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