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Vancouver Moving and Packing Tips – this video explains how long it takes to pack a typical home and gives practical advise on how to set yourself up for packing success. Learn more about Ferguson Moving and Storage at https://ferguson.iwsdesign.ca This moving tips video will answer questions for your moving needs: Average days in advance to prepare for moving day. What to pack and what not to pack first. How many boxes to pack a typical kitchen. How many days to pack…etc.

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!

 

How To Utilize Municipal Junk Removal Services In Metro Vancouver If You’re Moving

When you’re moving, you’re probably also purging. There may be junk you need to get rid of. You could pay a junk removal company to come and take it all away – and that may be your best bet for various types of junk and a big load.

 

But did you know that many Metro Vancouver cities offer free pick up or junk clear out? They are limited though, so don’t think you’ve hit the jackpot! There is a reason junk removal companies in Vancouver are so abundant.

 

In this article, we’ll let you know a few ways you can have your junk removed by city services, which you may already pay taxes for.

Corporation of Delta yearly spring clean up

 

If you are moving within or out of Delta, and if moving day is in the spring, you could plan to get rid of a lot of your junk for free. While there are limits to what the corporation will take, you can use this opportunity to throw out broken furniture, useless toys, old couches, BBQs and stuff that can be bundled up, as long as it doesn’t violate the ‘not accepted’ terms. Mattresses are not accepted – keep that in mind!

 

See more info below:

 

https://www.delta.ca/services/garbage-recycling/spring-clean-up

Burnaby large item and appliance pick up program

 

If you are a Burnaby resident, you can ask the city to come to your curb to pick up the ‘big things’ that you need to throw away. Mattresses are eligible, unlike Delta’s spring clean up rules. But, they do require you call them beforehand to make sure they will take your item. If you live in an apartment, you may have to make arrangements to move your large item to a special area, which can involve some heavy lifting.

 

See more info below:

 

https://www.burnaby.ca/City-Services/Garbage—Recycling/Large-Item—Appliance-Pick-Up.html

 

New Westminster fee-based disposal pick up service

 

Ok, this one is not free. And there may be some restrictions on what the city could pick up for you. But if you live in New Westminster, this may be worth looking into, especially if you only have one big thing you need to get rid of. Then, compare that fee with the price of having a local junk removal company come to get it.

 

See more info below:

 

https://www.newwestcity.ca/services/garbage-and-recycling/special-pick-up-sercixw

City of Richmond large item pick up

 

Like in Burnaby, residents of Richmond can take advantage of the city’s large item pick up service. However, this is clearly limited to only “four large household items per year.” And there are restrictions. But for the most part, your furniture junk should be ok. They do make a note that mattresses have to be kept dry and wrapped in plastic, so keep that in mind. They also have an online form to fill out if you don’t want to call in, so that may be a convenience to try.

 

See more info below:

 

https://www.richmond.ca/services/recycling/garbage/largeitem.htm

City of Surrey large item pick up

 

Similar to Richmond’s program, the City of Surrey offers residents – seemingly only from Newton – to dispose of up to 4 large items per year. And mattresses are accepted. You do have to call in to schedule a pick up. Also, only some apart buildings are eligible for this service: https://www.surrey.ca/city-services/21317.aspx

 

See more info below:

 

https://www.surrey.ca/city-services/4550.aspx

City of Coquitlam large item pick up

 

Again, this one is limited to 4 large items per year, and the restrictions are similar to the above programs. They don’t mention anything about apartment dwellers, but their phone number is on their site to find out more.

 

See more info below:

 

https://www.coquitlam.ca/city-services/garbage-recycling/garbage-schedule/garbage-carts-and-large-item-pick-up.aspx

 

City of Vancouver bin upgrades

 

While the City of Vancouver doesn’t advertise large item pick up, they do allow you to upgrade your bin size to accept more garbage on the regular schedule. This could be a way to accommodate your junk needs all year round, if they accumulate for you. That said, be aware of the restrictions!

 

See more info below:

 

https://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/garbage-bins-and-green-bins.aspx

Some things to keep in mind about municipal junk removal before moving

 

  • City junk removal services are not ‘full service’! You will have to sort your waste, and bring it to your curbside. If you can’t do that, it’s best you hire a junk removal company to help you out.
  • These services are also not likely going to work on your timeline. If you are trying to have junk removed last minute – especially if it’s actually on moving day – you may be in a rut. So this is something you need to plan for.
  • There may be items that are banned from city waste pick up services. You’ll need to handle these yourself by taking them to the appropriate dumping or recycling facilities.
  • Most of the time, as you’ll see in your investigations, ‘commercial’ waste is not accepted. So if you’re hoping to use these services for getting rid of your car parts or renovation junk, chances are it won’t work. They’re meant to be residential.
  • There are fines for illegal dumping, so don’t try it!

 

If you didn’t see your municipality listed above, you can google its name with “large item pick up” to see what comes up. And also, keep in mind bylaws can change all the time. So by the time you read this – especially if it is years from the date of publishing – the rules may have changed. Be sure to call your city services to find out more!

 

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Burnaby Movers On What To Know When Moving Furniture On Top Of Your Car

When you’re trying to fit your furniture in your car to do a DIY move, and they just won’t fit (even with the seats folded down), you may be tempted to try a roof hauling on moving day. If you do go this route, keep in mind some of these things to know, before you find yourself in a moving-day pickle!

Know your insurance and liability before moving furniture on top of your car

 

Recently, a driver in the USA was ticketed for overloading the roof of his car with furniture.

 

In B.C., you’ll want to check with ICBC about non-collision damage and equipment damage or loss (see page 12 of this document). You’ll notice it’s hard to find information about coverage for items you’re strapping to your roof. Since we’re not lawyers or insurance agents, do your bit and call to find out the rules regarding what you’re going to transport on top of your car.

 

But you’re not just protecting your own car from damage. What if your furniture flies off the roof of your car on a freeway and hits someone else’s windshield? Don’t let dumb things like this happen. As Popular Mechanics says, “don’t be an idiot.”

Know your weight allowances and potential damage to your vehicle

 

When you move items on top of your car, especially furniture, you can damage your car. Even the tie down process can affect the weather strip on your car doors, which can eventually lead to leaks. Your car also has weight allowances for what it can carry (see Popular Mechanics article linked to above). And if you’re using a car roof rack, it can also have it’s own weight limitations.

 

Be sure you are protecting your car when you haul furniture on top of it. It’s not worth the money you’re trying to save if you dent or scratch your car while trying to do a DIY move. Hire a professional for the really heavy, clunky stuff. Or, rent a real moving truck made for the job.

 

You are also going to need to drive slowly, for obvious reasons, and avoid freeways if you can. Consider wind resistance when driving with items on your car roof. And, if you overload or load incorrectly, your car’s center of gravity can be affected, which can get dangerous and wobbly. Read this article about the dangers of overloading and too much weight on your car.

Get the right straps to haul furniture on your car roof for moving day

 

You will need really good rope (if you know how to tie knots properly), but preferably proper moving straps to haul furniture on your car roof. According to an article linked to above, bungee cords are not enough here.

 

Ratchet moving straps, or loading straps can be bought just for this event, if you don’t have them. Even IKEA sells these.

 

The Popular Mechanics article above also recommends a cargo net as a catch-all just in case.

Tie your furniture to your car properly, and with foresight to how you’re going to get in and around

 

If you read this article, you’ll see that we can make some silly mistakes when we’re so focused on tying down the furniture on the roof of our car. One girl accidentally tied all her doors shut after a lot of complex, logistical strapping, and had to climb in from the window!

 

Plus, an article linked-to above also describes that when you tie items to your car, you need to consider things like “tension” and “air loads.” This is why the right straps are important, as well as the right skills in how to tie your furniture to your car.

 

Then, if you’re going to be heading out of a garage, will your load be too high and hit the top edge? What about bridges or tunnels? Be careful! Measure if you have to.

 

Your best bet will probably be to have a roof rack on your car for this job. There are, of course, travel boxes you can have tied to the top of your car, which would come in handy for camping or other excursions later on.

 

This article describes in detail some good tying down methods for moving items on top of your car.

If car roof hauling proves to be too complicated, consider your other options

 

If this is your first time trying to tie a load onto the top of your car, it may be best to put this off until you can practice with a bike rack or smaller items later on.

 

Other options can be hitching a trailer to the back of your car, borrowing a friend’s truck or SUV, or, hiring professional movers.

 

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Vancouver hot tub movers explain hot tub moving tips

When you look online for Vancouver hot tub movers, or instructions on how to move a hot tub, you’ll get some confusing information. But if you look a little more, you’ll find out that moving a hot tub is no easy feat. This is why you may want to hire professional movers for this job. But if you want to do it yourself, or make sure your hot tub movers know what they’re doing, we’ll give you some tips in this article.

Moving a hot tub is expensive

The first thing you’ll want to really consider is whether or not it’s worth the payoff to move a hot tub in Vancouver. Sometimes, the cost of moving this large, over-sized luxury is about as much as it would cost to buy a new one. But, that doesn’t consider factors such as installation and delivery fees. And of course, if you invested in a pricey luxury spa for your backyard, moving it might be worth it, if you want to keep that investment.

Keep in mind however that once you move your hot tub, it will need to be re-installed. So you’ll have delivery fees (which can cost hundreds), and then installation fees. Possibly even repair fees if things go awry during the move.

If you read this guy’s story of finding a used hot tub, then transporting it himself (with friends), you’ll see that while yes, he saved money on the big picture. But he also had to do A LOT of work, pay a lot to move it, and already had the know-how in “physics, engineering, plumbing, hydrodynamics, electrical engineering” to make it all worthwhile. A novice – or merely a busy person – would probably not be able to do all this. So there is a reason why professionals need to charge as much as they do for moving something as complex as a hot tub.

Moving a hot tub is risky

A hot tub can break during transport, and it can also cause injuries. These spa pools can weigh between 500-1000 pounds. You will likely need to get the structure on its side, and that will require heavy lifting. Do you want to put your friends through that risk? A professional mover will have the right workers compensation insurance for any potential injuries, not to mention trained staff.

You need proper equipment to move a hot tub

You could try to wing it and move a hot tub with a few small doilies and some reliable, strong friends. But chances are, you’ll find that it’s a heavy, heavy item. It probably won’t fit in a moving truck (depending on size, of course). So you’ll need to get it on a trailer.

There are companies that make equipment specifically for hot tub movers. Here are some to check out, so you get an idea of what you’ll need for this job:

https://spadolly.com/

https://spa-mover.com/product-category/spa-sled-mover-products/

If you don’t have the made-for-hot-tub tools, you’ll need at least 4-wheeled dollies, preferably those with a flat bed of some sort (like skid movers), 4×4 wood or pallets, straps and the right protective gear.

Remember the small details when moving a hot tub

When you move a hot tub, you’ll also need to consider the small details. For example:

How are you going to wheel it to a truck once it’s on dollies? Some videos online will show movers using planks of plywood to create a flat, smooth surface all the way to the vehicle. You’ll need to purchase these as well.

What about the cover and cover lift? These should be detached beforehand.

Is it completely drained and dry for the move? You won’t want to move a hot tub that is wet, as that will make the job all the more annoying. In fact, this article mentions that if you’re moving in cold temperatures, water can freeze and damage your pipes in the tub! On that note, you may want to get it well cleaned before you move, or right after it lands in its new spot.

Do you have the padding material to keep it safe? Don’t let it crack or dent! Get the right protection for your hot tub when moving it. And that is not the top cover! Tape cardboard, blankets, whatever it takes to keep it from hard bumps.

What about re-installation? We mentioned this above, but don’t forget you can’t just plop it down on the grass in your hard and fill it with water! It needs proper installation.

Will your warranty cover a self-move? Maybe you want to hire insured movers for this, so that you’re covered if the hot tub breaks during transport.

How will you store all the small parts? We recommend you keep the blowers, pumps, heaters, cords, plugs and caps, wires or anything small and detachable that goes with the tub in a contained, separate bag or box. Don’t let these lie around where you’ll forget about them!

What if you have to get the hot tub through small spaces? Think about the logistics before you try to relocate your hot tub!

 

Consider recycling an old hot tub

If your hot tub is old or damaged, and you basically want to get rid of it before you have to move, you can consider two options:

  • Call a junk removal company to come and deal with it for you
  • Recycle your hot tub yourself, using City of Vancouver resources

And yes, there are fees associated with the above options.

Need a hot tub mover in Vancouver?

As you can tell by the above advice, moving a hot tub is not easy, and we don’t recommend doing it yourself. We have plenty of advice on how to move other items on your own, on our blog. But this one is a bit of a mountain to climb. Give us a call, and we can discuss how to move your hot tub if you need us to, or if it’s a good idea.

 

See related articles:

Moving Large Appliances: How To Move A Deep Freezer

Moving large appliances: How to move a Refrigerator

How to move and store a washer and dryer

Home improvement investments you can take with you when you move