Moving a treadmill does not have to be a daunting task. With a bit of planning, preparation and foresight, the chore can be performed in a simple, straightforward manner. Taking the time to thoroughly consider the machine, the path you need to negotiate to reach the basement and the new space the treadmill will occupy will save you effort and frustration.
Measure the dimensions of the treadmill and any doorways or narrow passages between where the machine sits and its new location. Removing a door may be easier than taking apart a machine when you have no assembly instructions.
Prepare the New Space
Prepare the basement space ahead of time. Clear a pathway from the door to the new location. Clean the new site before you begin to move the machine. Move the treadmill mat from beneath the machine and put it in place in the basement. Measure the length of the electric cord and ensure that it will span the distance to an electrical outlet. Once the machine is in place, level the treadmill if needed.
Prepare the Treadmill
Unplug the machine, wrap the cord and tape or secure it safely out of the way so it will not present a tripping hazard or become snagged during transit. Fold the deck up and secure the locking mechanism if the treadmill has this feature. Tilt and push the machine where possible if your treadmill offers wheels.
Disassemble the treadmill only if there is no other way to move it safely or capably. Locate the original instructions or find a manual online before you begin. Wait until you have the time to complete the project in one session before removing parts; if the unit has to be taken apart, the chore will be more time consuming. Draw your own diagram or use a simple system to label the parts to facilitate an easy rebuild. Place small parts in a bag to prevent losing track of them. Lay the parts out on the floor in groups as you remove them.
Move the pieces to the basement in an organized fashion, placing them on the floor in a way that matches the previous layout. Follow the instructions to reassemble the machine or work backwards, using the same steps you applied to take machine apart to put the pieces back together.
Ask for help if you need it. A heavy machine may be more safely moved if several people lend a hand. Use proper lifting techniques to prevent straining your back. Communicate a plan of action before you begin the move, and assign one person to give directions. Move the treadmill in stages, resting along the way. Set the machine down on each stair while you step down and get your footing before lifting it further down, if a staircase is involved.
Alice Moon is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. She was chosen as a Smithsonian Institute intern, working for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and has traveled throughout Asia. Moon holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Ball State University.