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North Vancouver Movers On How To Move A Treadmill

As professional North Vancouver movers, we’re no strangers to moving exercise equipment. In 2008, we were even responsible for moving treadmills and bikes to the Olympic Oval. We were so proud of that moment, we put it in our gallery!

 

Anyway, enough of our gloating. We thought we’d give you some tips on how to move a treadmill. Let’s dive in:

Have the right equipment ready to move a treadmill

 

Just like our articles on:

 

 

You’re going to need the right equipment. (And yes, we have more ‘How to move a…’ articles on our blog, should you wish to search for them!).

 

The good news is that when you move one of the above, you’ll likely have some of the equipment needed to move a treadmill. So there may be overlap here.

 

Some main moving supplies you’ll need to move a treadmill are:

 

  • Moving straps
  • Moving blankets
  • Gloves with grip
  • Drill or screwdriver (if disassembly is needed). Sometimes an allen key works too.
  • Moving dollies (find the right one by reading this)
  • Plastic wrap (to hold together foldable treadmills)

 

And, if you’re really wanting to protect your treadmill, an A-frame wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

Know your type of treadmill before you plan to move it

 

Different types of treadmills require different measures to move them. This article on eBay sums up the kinds you can buy on the market. The important questions you’ll need to ask for moving a treadmill are:

 

  • Is it foldable? If so, how do we safely fold this model? (i.e. there may be a latch or special way to do this)
  • If it’s not foldable, should we take it apart to move it? And what equipment do we need to take it apart? (We’d say ‘yes’ to taking it apart)
  • Is there a safety key we need to unplug, or keep plugged in?
  • Is the rubber track band removable? If not, how will we prevent it from getting damaged or warped during the move?
  • Are there electrical parts that need to be protected from moisture during the move?
  • Are there wheels to help us move the treadmill? If so, how will we unsecure them?

 

If you find yourself needing to move a foldable treadmill, this will likely be your easiest option. Simply follow manufacturer instructions to fold it down, get it flat, cover it up, then find a safe, immovable spot to lean it against in the moving truck.

 

For the non-foldable types of treadmills, you may have the easiest experience taking it apart, even if it feels like a hassle in the beginning.

 

Finally, get an idea of weight. Treadmills can be heavy, and the last thing you’d want is to injure yourself while moving one. Use the right protocols when moving anything heavy, but for a treadmill, get friend or two to help out as well.

Store the removal parts of a treadmill together

 

Staying organized when you move any object is important. But with a treadmill, it’s even more so. This is because some of it’s smaller parts, like removal bolts or screws, may be specially sized for their use (or ok, maybe you can get them at the hardware store, but that will be a hassle). But the most important thing is not losing the key! If you do, you’ll have a real problem because the treadmill is designed not to work without it. According to this article, you should be taping all the parts you can to the frame of the treadmill, so you don’t lose them. That includes chords.

 

It goes without saying you’ll need to unplug the treadmill and all its chords before moving it.

Prevent temperature and debri damage when moving your treadmill

 

According to this article, storing your treadmill in a garage is bad enough. It explains how temperature fluctuations and dirt in a treadmill’s motor can render warranties ineffective.

 

Now, think about how these same ‘treadmill enemies’ can affect your exercise equipment while moving. If you’re moving long distance, consider the climate changes the treadmill will endure during the move. Will it be outside in very cold temperatures overnight? Will the truck be dirty and dusty?

 

While you may be fine with something like a treadmill going through one move on a cold or hot day, it’s good to take precautions. At the very least keep a blanket over it. And ask about moving insurance.

 

It also goes without saying that you shouldn’t be placing items on top of your treadmill while it’s in the moving truck. Instead, find a way to lean flat it against something, whether horizontally or vertically. Don’t move it whole into the truck, then pack boxes on the rubber track. You’ll want to keep that free from potential damage, so you don’t have to replace any parts later.

After moving a treadmill, protect the floor it sits on

 

This article explains how treadmills can damage floors, and how to prevent it. If your treadmill was on a carpet at your old home, and your new home has hardwood, you may have a problem. Use the solutions given in the aforementioned article to protect your floors.

Watch some videos on how to move a treadmill

 

Sometimes, a video helps a lot.

 

When you read articles like this one on how to move a treadmill, it can get confusing, so we won’t do that to you here. For example, what do they mean by “the end”? Which end? And what if you don’t find a latch on your particular treadmill?

 

So, watching it done can help explain the missing gaps.

 

For example, this video shows how to disassemble a treadmill before moving it:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUR7oMhFEvI

 

And this video explains how to fold a treadmill:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0N-uJ-lz9U

 

This video shows how to move a commercial treadmill (in this case for rotating within the same gym room):

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgzPHDcoV9E

 

And you can search YouTube for more tips.

 

As you can see, moving a treadmill is not extremely complicated. But since it is an expensive piece of exercise equipment, you will want to do it carefully. Take the time to protect it, and you can save yourself from having to replace any parts or worse – buy a new treadmill – because of a simple mistake.

 

Need help moving a treadmill? Our North Vancouver movers are here for you! Give us a call and we’ll give you a free estimate for the job. And yes, we help gyms move their other exercise equipment too!

 

Relocating to an EMF-free zone in Canada

Richmond movers discuss relocating to an EMF-free zone in Canada

What is an EMF-free zone? EMF stands for electromagnetic frequency. And people are claiming health problems because of it. Why? Our Richmond BC Movers explain more on the subject below.

What are EMF zones, and will you find them in Canada if you move here?

First of all, EMF zones are everywhere on the planet nowadays. We’ll get to that. So yes, you will find them in Canada. In fact, if you’re concerned about them, your search should be to just look for the opposite type of place to move to: EMF-free zones. But know this is rare.

Radio frequencies (included in electromagnetic frequencies) are powering our modern world. Microwaves, cell phones, electric conductors, wifi – it all uses this technology (or rather, the discovery of this technology). This web page lists the ways you can be exposed to EMFs, according to proponents of the theory that it is unsafe.

While mainstream health experts (like Health Canada and the World Health Organization) say there is no harm to humans from this these frequencies, others disagree. People have claimed health symptoms like numbing, breathing problems, anxiety and more. And these symptoms miraculously go away when the exposure to EMFs goes away. While these people are acknowledged as being ill, medical professionals are unable to scientifically diagnose the condition as coming from Wi-Fi or other electronic frequencies.

Sufferers of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) are calling themselves “refugees.” They are looking for places to relocate to. Sometimes, they’re claiming a loss of jobs or ability to go to school or work because of the illness. And, since they’re not usually online, their new communities can be hard for others to find, even if they do exist.

EMF-free zones for relocation in Canada, or in the world are going to be rare

This article explains the few places left on earth to not find Internet, and you’ll see that it’s really rare. Aside from satellites, Google is now sending giant balloons in the airto make sure everyone has Internet! It also mentions the only Internet ‘safe’ spots are likely going to be in deep caves or deep seas. Not very practical for human living, if you’re looking for a new place to move to.

Public Wi-Fi is becoming popular in many cities. And, if you want to travel, you’re going to have problems with this too. People are already complaining about the lack of Wi-Fi free zones on BC Ferries. Also, if you want modern utilities, you’ll likely be facing smart metres, which are being rolled out across homes in B.C. as we speak. And yes, there are complaints about the EMFs from those too.

And, as noted above, EMFs are not just a Wi-Fi issue. They power our modern world – literally.

Where to find an EMF-free zone in Canada if you want to relocate?

There are a couple options for relocating in Canada to an EMF-free zone.

Find a city or community to move to, that is declaring itself EMF-free

There are some sites listing EMF-free zones to move to, or even just to vacation in. These two sites have world lists, and some are in B.C., Canada:

In short, these are:

  • Errington, B.C. (on Vancouver Island, near Nanaimo)

  • Cedar Rock (near Osoyoos B.C.) – this one is mainly for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), but is said to be helpful for those with EHS too.

  • Horsefly, B.C. (North of 100 Mile House, B.C.)

A Facebook group has been set up to discuss the challenges of EMF-free living, and you may be able to find more communities or zones there:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/661015143934586/ (it’s a private group, so you have to join to participate).

The other option, as some have done, is to move to the mountains or the woods, far away from civilization. This does, of course, present its obvious challenges.

You may have to relocate internationally to find a good EMF-free zone

The most famous “National Radio Quiet Zonein the media is in Green Bank, West Virginia. It’s an old spy town that limits radio frequencies to research purposes. People have flocked there to protect their health from EHS. However, as this blogger noted, it comes with both pros and cons. One major con is a lack of jobs, since it is so isolated. And, remote jobs usually require Internet.

Some projects are being conducted in other USA cities to help provide a sanctuary for those suffering from sensitivities to EMFs. See links above for more on those.

And of course, the sites above also list some overseas communities that are becoming EMF-free.

After you move, you can turn your home into an EMF-free zone with products on the market

Yes, there is a market for these products. There are even inspections you can have done on your home to find where these frequencies are coming from to harm you.

EMFsolutions.ca sells products and offers tips for making your home – and lifestyle – safe from EMFs. Another site we found for these types of products is Emffreezone.ca. Ironically, you need the Internet to use these sites…

The good thing is, there may be a way to limit your exposure to EMFs if you guard your home, and still want to live in a major city.

Richmond movers conclude: relocating to an EMF-free zone in Canada is not going to be easy, or likely for most

Since mainstream society does not seem too keen to be sympathetic to the suffers of EHS, it’s unlikely it will get easier to find these EMF-free zones to relocate to Canada. However, that’s not to say more people will catch on the trend, and start their own communities where you can relocate in Canada to avoid EMFs. Keep in mind though, this may mean a big life change, as many long-distance moves usually are. Being far from family, or your job, could mean that staying in ‘regular’ cell-phone, Wi-Fi and smart metre areas will be necessary.


Call Ferguson Moving & Storage in Richmond BC

If you’re an EMF refugee and moving to an EMF free location on Vancouver Island, Osoyoos, 100 Mile house, or anywhere else in Canada, know that we are a Canadian moving company that you can trust. Give Ferguson Moving and Storage a call at 604-922-2212 or request a quote online through our website!

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Moving to EMF-free zones in Canada

Richmond movers explore Richmond housing options

Richmond housing options

In a former article, we wrote about our Surrey movers looking at Langley housing options. In this article, our Richmond movers will take a look at Richmond housing options.

If you are thinking of moving, and are looking for a city to move to that will match your budget and lifestyle preferences, read on to learn more about the considerations of moving to Richmond.

Richmond movers explain what it’s like to move to Richmond

First of all, we’ll give you a bit of a background on moving to Richmond and what it’s like to live there.

Pros of living in Richmond

We wrote more extensively about this topic here:

A few points to keep in mind about the pros of moving to Richmond are:

  • It’s really close to the Vancouver International Airport. This not only provides easy access to frequent travellers, but also makes for great parks near the airport for leisurely activities, aviation business opportunities, and more.

  • It has easy access to public transportation options (if you commute to work in a larger city like Vancouver).

  • It hosts the Olympic Oval, if you’re into ice skating and sports.

  • It is bustling as a community with Asian flare, including Asian shopping malls and several Asian food joints. Not to mention, the Richmond Night Market.

  • It’s quaint town of Steveston has a lot of history and, among other things, is the filming location for a popular TV show, Once Upon A Time (if that excites you or brings tourism business ideas to mind).

  • There are multiple communities to choose from if you are looking to move to Richmond; some are near city scenes, and others are nearer to remote, farm-land type areas (though these are succumbing to large mega homes as of late). If you want to move to a farm in Richmond, and the cost seems prohibitive, check out this article for alternative ways to achieve this dream.

See our related article:

Cons of living in Richmond

While every community has it’s downsides, our Richmond movers will point out a few things you may want to know before you decide to move to Richmond.

  • It is loud! This is mostly because the airport is nearby. This may affect residents closer to the Airport area, along Bridgeport, Cambie and the more North and Western parts of the city. Planes are loud when they take off, sounding like thunder that comes perhaps a few times an hour or so. Residents who live in the city could say that they get used to the noise. But for newcomers, it can be an adjustment. And, for some residents, it’s not just the roaring take offs of planes to complain about, it’s also other mechanical work being done at the airport.

  • School options may be limited as time continues, as this article shows.

  • While not a typical, run-of-the-mill thing to happen in the area, recently some racist propaganda was delivered to Richmond residents. This may have been a rare occurrence as a result of the recent U.S. election.

  • The city bears an earthquake risk. Many know that B.C. is due for a “big one”(meaning a large earthquake). Residents of the city often are told that the low-lying land in Richmond could mean flooding in the area in the event of an earthquake. This report says that is not likely, especially with recent upgrades to infrastructure. And this news report, while it states Richmond could shake more than previously thought in an earthquake, also points out that upgrades to seismic codes for buildings should prevent extensive damage.

  • The city ranks 52/100 for murder rates in cities across Canada (though there seem to be a lot on the 100 rank in that report…). Whether that’s reasonable or not would be relative to your perception and tolerance level for safety standards.

  • There are current reports of illegal hotel operations for newcomers to Canada, which have raised complaints. Though, these illegal hotels are not unique to the city, as we have seen with the news surrounding the legality of Airbnb rentals. And it’s worth mentioning the Airbnb phenomenon can make any ‘innocent’ neighbourhood an issue for residents.

  • There are several empty homes in Richmond, which may be a sign of a real estate issue for home investors to be aware of.

Richmond movers look at new home construction options

If you’re looking to move to Richmond, and would like a new home or condo construction, you may find multiple options in the area. Several new, or ‘newer’ developments exist. Buzzbuzzhome.com lists upcoming developments here:

And, rew.ca lists several types of real estate properties for sale that you can purchase in Richmond (including land), here:

Keep in mind that most new housing developments in Richmond are going to be condos. And these are growing.

What does it cost to move to Richmond?

Housing costs in Richmond

Richmond housing options are not cheap. That’s not to say you couldn’t get a lower-priced condo in the area, comparatively speaking. But remember, there is cost, and there is value for purchase.

Generally, you can expect higher-than-usual prices for moving to Richmond compared to more rural areas

Here is what the City of Richmond reports on the rising benchmark price for owning a home in Richmond (see link above):

“The benchmark price of housing units in Richmond has been steadily increasing from 2005 to 2015. Specifically the benchmark price of apartments has increased by 48% ($372,100 in 2015), townhomes by 76% ($567,000 in 2015), and single detached houses by 131% ($1,209,600 in 2015) (Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver).”

The same site also paints a grim picture for renters, who will face higher rental rates due to the very low rental vacancy rate in the city. In short, there is more demand for rentals, resulting in higher prices because of lack of supply.

However, with the city’s affordable housing strategy, there may be more options for lower-income families to move to Richmond.

For people buying farmland, there are tax breaks that could make that type of property more affordable. However, keep in mind these tax loopholes are being abused, and could be cracked down upon given the media attention they are getting.

Cost of living in Richmond

According to a living cost calculator here: https://www.costofliving.welcomebc.ca/

Living in Richmond with an income of 40K a year would result in debt of $1,199 a year, with nothing left for saving and finance. That’s a serious consideration for many

And, like in our Langley housing options article, there is is this site, which can tell you the breakdown costs of many daily-life purchases in Richmond, which you can then compare to other cities:

Richmond movers conclude that moving to Richmond may quaint, but not without its difficulties

If you get the chance to move to Richmond, you may enjoy your new lifestyle and the quaint, ‘small-big-city’ feeling of the area. However, as we’ve covered in this article, the option to live in Richmond may not be for everyone. Aside from affordability, you’ll need to consider noise levels, earthquake insurance, and other issues that could eventually affect your real estate investment. That said, Richmond’s real estate scene doesn’t seem to be dying down, as the new condo developments show us.

See our other articles on places to move in the Metro Vancouver area

Ferguson Moving & Storage in Richmond BC

If you’re making a move to Richmond, you might need the services of a professional moving & storage company. Give Ferguson Moving and Storage a call at 604-922-2212 or request a quote online through our website!

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Cool Pinterest hacks for moving in Richmond BC

Cool Pinterest hacks found by Richmond movers

We formerly wrote about reasons you’d want to move to Richmond, B.C. But, amidst the busyness of a planning a move in Richmond or Metro Vancouver, anything that makes your life a little easier is definitely in your best interest. Pinterest is the hub of all things DIY on the internet, and can give you endless tips and tricks to simplify your Richmond move. All you have to do is know how to find them! Our Richmond movers found some cool ways to do just that.

How to find moving hacks on Pinterest

Before you start searching for your local moving and packing tips, it is a good idea to make an account on Pinterest. This way, you will be able to ‘pin’ your favourite ideas to reference later. Once you make an account, it’s time to start looking for ideas!

Try searching Pinterest.com for hacks made from specific materials you have lying around your house. For example, after a move, storage boxes or moving pallets can easily be repurposed and made into something great.

If you click on a picture you find on Pinterest, you can then select ‘open article’ below it for more details. Once you find some moving hacks that interest you, pin them to yourPinterest board. On your board, you will be able to see pictures of all your favourite moving hacks and moving DIY projects!

Here are some of our Richmond movers’ favourite hacks!

  1.  Pack heavy items like books in suitcases. The wheels on the suitcases will allow them to serve as a simple form of portable storage, and will not hurt your back moving them around.
  2. Wrap clean socks around delicate items like wine glasses to keep them from breaking while also eliminating waste. This environmentally friendly hack will keep your breakable things safe and reduce the amount of moving supplies you need to purchase.
  3. Place small jewelry in an ice cube tray or egg carton to prevent them from getting tangled or lost during your move to Richmond!
  4. Wrap your silverware trays with plastic wrap or paper to simplify the unpacking process. This can also work for bins of toys or other organizers.
  5. Keep kitchen and bathroom drawers together by putting all the contents in large Ziploc bags before dumping them in moving and storage boxes.
  6. Organize your electric cords with toilet paper tubes to keep them visible and untangled. If you have multiple cords from one device, keep them together to make settling in easier.

If you want more of our favourite hacks for moving house, check some previous blog posts from movers listed below. These hacks will not only make your Richmond move run smoothly for a smaller cost, they will also help simplify your moving checklist:

DIY Pinterest hacks are a great way to make your Richmond moving experience easier even with a small budget. So start searching for hacks you can make right at home, and try sharing any unique projects you create yourself!

Richmond movers list important numbers and sites

Richmond movers list important phone numbers and websites to keep handy after you move to Richmond

We’ve formerly written about 5 reasons to move to Richmond, B.C. And, as Richmond Movers, we love helping our clients with all things related to moving. On this blog post, we’re going to list some important phone numbers and websites to keep handy when you move to Richmond.

Before we get started, keep in mind that the city of Richmond BC publishes a ‘Newcomer’s Guide’ that you may want to take a look at: https://www.richmond.ca/discover/about/newcomersguide.htm?PageMode=HTML

Public Transportation info for the City of Richmond, B.C.

Translink and the Coast Mountain Bus Company are what runs the public transportation in Richmond, B.C. The following page of the city’s website describes what you need to know about available routes, phone numbers or websites related to public transport in Richmond.

This is a PDF showing the Richmond and South Delta bus routes:

This is a page offering PDF downloads for the bus routes of other areas in the Lower Mainland, should you need to travel out of Richmond:

Taxi cab companies in Richmond

For private transportation options, here are a few options for taxi services in Richmond:

Garbage and recycling pick up information – useful for after you move to Richmond!

Right after you move to Richmond, you’re probably going to start wondering when garbage and recycling days are! And you’ll need that service if you’re purging while unpacking too.

This page of the City’s website shows a visual map of garbage and recycling pickup times, as well as a search function to find your own neighbourhood schedule:

List of community centres and public facilities in Richmond B.C.

This page below lists all the community centres in Richmond, and from there you can search to find out which ones have a program or facility you are looking for:

A list of swimming pools in Richmond B.C.

Who doesn’t love swimming? Whether winter or summer you may want to keep these pool centers in your list of contacts to check opening times, programs available, etc.:

How to get notified of City of Richmond updates after you move

An easy way to keep up to date with what’s happening in the Richmond, B.C. community is to subscribe to the city’s e-mail newsletter. You can do so on this page of their site:

How to contact the City of Richmond after you move there

The City’s website has a list of department phone numbers for any issue you’re trying to resolve after you move to Richmond:

To report a city-related emergency (such as broken public services, but not for fire, police or ambulance 911 calls), use the 24 Hour City Emergency Line: 604-270-8721

Emergency phone numbers for Richmond B.C. residents or visitors

We don’t want to list them here, in case these numbers change. It’s important to keep the most up to date information. The City of Richmond lists their emergency phone lines here:

Here are other non-emergency numbers that would come in handy for reporting serious safety issues:

Richmond Hospital information

The Richmond Hospital is located at 7000 Westminster Highway Richmond BC V6X 1A2

Richmond school information

When you move to Richmond, if you have kids, you will want to know what schooling options you have. Below is the information for the Richmond School District:

Tourist visitor centers in Richmond

If you want to visit a physical building to get information on tourism information, this page of the Tourism Richmond website lists their locations: https://www.tourismrichmond.com/plan-a-trip/visitor-centres/

This is great to keep handy if you have out of town guests you want to show around, and you have just moved to Richmond without much knowledge of the area.

Richmond shopping malls addresses and phone numbers

Richmond has some great shopping scenes, including Asian markets. There are plenty, but we’ll list some of the major ones here:

Here is Tourism Richmond’s list of shopping centres: https://www.tourismrichmond.com/shopping/shopping-centers/

Richmond Night Market Information

Here is the website of the Richmond Night Market, a popular attraction in the warmer months of the year: https://richmondnightmarket.com/

How to see Once Upon A Time being filmed in Richmond, B.C.

It’s exciting to live in the city where a major television show is being produced every year. Unfortunately, for obvious reasons, the show doesn’t release its filming schedule. But if you hang out at Steveston Village on any day (which is a good idea for several more reasons other than Storybrooke fanaticism), you might see the stars and cameras!

Pay a Richmond parking ticket

Hey, it happens to the best of us, no matter where we move to or visit. Here are some options from the city’s website:

To conclude: Richmond movers know there’s a lot more to keep on hand after a move to Richmond!

Keep in mind that while our ‘Richmond mover’s’ list ends here, there are plenty more resources offered in the City of Richmond! For example there are ice skating rinks, amazing outdoor playgrounds and great parks for some outdoor activity time. We encourage you to scope them out, while keeping this list handy for ‘most needed’ information. Of course, you can also add to your personal list, and post it on your refrigerator or somewhere where it can be easily accessed.