Hot tubs are designed for permanent placement and are not meant to be moved once they’ve been delivered and installed. Fresh from the factory, everything is new and resilient, foam-packed and wrapped on a pallet for safe, protected transportation. But as soon as they’re unpacked and installed, things start to age. Deteriorating pipes and hoses, old electronics, finicky computers and worn mechanical components may hold out for many years as long as the hot tub sits still and is uninterrupted, but hot tubs often break down and spring new leaks due to the strain and trauma of being disconnected, physically moved then resuscitated.
Then there’s the removal logistics to consider. Sellers often tell us, “We craned it in”, or “They delivered it on its side – easy access”. But often times, it cannot be removed the same way it was originally delivered. Some reasons are:
⦁ New laws prohibit cranes going over power lines
⦁ Growing tree branches, hedges, and shrubs have now blocked what used to be clear access when it was delivered.
⦁ Sheds, swing sets, fences, gates, gardens and other additions were put into place after the hot tub was originally delivered
⦁ The hot tub insulation is saturated, making the hot tub much heavier than when it was delivered, so it cannot be handled the same way
⦁ The frame (behind the skirting) is rotten, and tipping it on end may cause it to buckle and blow apart, no longer able to hold its weight on-end (especially so if it’s also heavier from insulation saturation)
⦁ Moving a heavy hot tub can crack cement walkways, snap deck boards and break steps that have weakened over time
Then of course, there’s the cost involved. The cost to hire a professional/insured hot tub handling company to relocate a hot tub might cost significantly more than what you might pay for the hot tub itself.