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As part of Oz Moving & Storage’s “Moving Tough Stuff” blog series, we talked to Joseph Musnicki, owner of Ocean Spray Hot Tubs and Saunas in Westhampton Beach, NY, on how to move a hot tub.

Be sure to check out How to Move a Safe and How to Move a Refrigerator for more tips on moving tough stuff.

How To Move a Hot Tub

Ocean Spray Hot Tubs & Saunas has been one of New York’s best hot tub distributors since 1981, when Joseph Musnicki founded the business in Long Island. They’ve earned a BBB A+ accreditation and have satisfied thousands of New Yorker customers over the years. Joseph was kind enough to provide us with his list of tips on moving a hot tub. Moving a hot tub is a tough job, so make sure you trust your tub move to a team of professionals.


  • Disconnect the power to the hot tub: A no-brainer for some, but easily forgotten by others. Remove the power sources from your hot tub before attempting to move the tub.

  • Empty Out All of the Water: “Naturally, empty all the water, but don’t forget to use a shop vac to blow out all the plumbing lines. They can hold 30-40 gallons of water at 8 lbs. per gallon. Do the math.” A big, bulky hot tub is heavy enough without water in its pipes to make it tougher. Make sure that there is no water left in the tub when you begin to move; Musnicki recommends using a shop vacuum to ensure the pipes’ emptiness.

  • Wrap the cabinet with shrink wrap: Shrink wrap can help prevent damage on the cabinet of the hot tub. It might be a little bit easier to lift on shrink wrap than on a wooden cabinet too.

  • Use a dolly to move your tub vertically off your patio or deck: A dolly is the best equipment to use for a hot tub move. Moving a tub vertically decreases the surface area on the bottom of the dolly, making it easier to move it.

  • Have 3-4 people available for the move: There is strength in numbers here. Moving such a bulky item requires the help of more than just 2 individuals. You never know when you’ll need someone to help you stabilize the tub.

  • Work smart: “Remember, you’re moving a bulky item weighing over 800 lbs.” And as Precision Safe already told us, it’s better to use technique than brute force. Because a typical hot tub is so heavy, there is little room for unorthodox techniques or ignorance of safety precautions. Know what you’re doing before you do it.

Thanks again to Joseph and Bethann from Ocean Spray Pools & Spas.

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