Tips from the Moving and Storage Experts at Great Plains
Whether you’re relocating your whole household or just your personal gym, fitness equipment can be some of the most stressful items in your home to move. Because fitness equipment is designed to be sturdy, it’s often far heavier than you’d estimate it to be, and the build and shape of most machines make them unwieldy to move through hallways and doorways.
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Great Plains can work with you on any scope of a household move, and can even provide a quote to just come to move a single piece of exercise equipment for you. We’ve seen DIY movers stumped by fitness equipment in the past, and even some at-home injuries; so we’ve compiled our list of the best tips for moving and storage of fitness equipment, including how our own teams deal with this challenge.
Moving Fitness Equipment
First, make sure the machine is unplugged. Never attempt to move anything that has an electrical current. For some machines, you’ll be able to disconnect the cord from the machine itself; disassembling parts that are easily taken apart will make the moving process easier on you.
Next, make sure you’re prepared to move the machine. This means you should walk the path you’ll be moving the machine, and make sure that there are no trip or slip hazards, and that you have a plan for any doorway or stairwell you’ll have to navigate. Preparing to move the machine means you should also arrange to have help. Try to plan to have several pairs of hands available—the more help you have, the easier it will be on each of you individually.
The moving and storage experts at Great Plains know the most important thing you can do during a move is to take good care of your body. Bend with your knees; never lift with your back. If you can’t lift something easily, you should get help from a friend; never jerk or wrench upwards on a heavyweight. Taking care of your body means also having the right moving equipment: where possible, use a dolly or a lift, especially if you’re moving the machine onto or off of a truck.
On a truck, in a storage unit, or in your basement or garage, it’s important to take precautions to keep the machine in good shape during transit and storage. The moving and storage teams at Great Plains recommend using moving pads and blankets underneath and around the machine during transit, and covering the machine during storage. This helps keep the machine free of dust, dirt, and safer from damage during moving and storage.
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