Moving Fitness Equipment: Your Go-To Checklist

Starting off the year with healthy new exercise goals? A home gym is an ideal place to burn off some calories, but the tools involved are heavy and cumbersome. If a household relocation is on the horizon or you have plans to set up a new workout studio, ensure you move fitness equipment safely by following this advice.

 

Disassemble with care

Carefully study the instructions for disassembly for each piece of equipment. Check ahead of time that you have all manuals, and if not, a search online can help you track down replacement manuals from the item’s manufacturer. Without proper instructions, you risk damaging the item or hurting yourself in the process. Proper dismantling will help to preserve its life and protect it. When it comes time to set everything up again, follow the steps you completed to disassemble in reverse order. Make sure you arrange the cables correctly by referring to your user manuals. Watch that all the parts are securely connected so nothing shifts while in use. Test every piece of equipment carefully before use to make sure the cables and all parts are attached correctly.

 

Male hand putting weight plate on barbell. Weightlifting training preparation. Weight plate in strong hand of fitness instructor in gym closeup 

Secure moving parts

Begin by removing the cables of each piece of equipment. Roll them and place them in plastic bags marked right or left and the item or machine it came from. Continue by removing any other attachments, such as chains, ropes, straps, bars, and weight selection pins. Do this for each until only the frames are left, or as your instruction manual dictates. Any moving extensions could hurt you or scratch the walls or doors when the object is lifted for moving.

 

Make sequence your friend

Dismantle each piece of equipment carefully. If the piece of equipment includes weight plates, remove each individually and place on the floor, beginning from the top. Never relocate any piece of exercise equipment when the weight stack is still attached. During transit, it could bend or break the rod. After the weight plates have all been removed, disconnect it from the base. Every weight stack is connected differently, so make sure to refer to your manual for guidance. With just the frames remaining, take apart extending pieces to make the item smaller, lighter, and easier to move. Collect all small pieces like nuts and bolts in a bag for each item of equipment and tape it to the frame to reduce the chances of losing them.

 

Raw of dumbbell in sport club at the morning

 

Unload with a plan

Before you unpack your home gym and set the equipment up for use, think about how you want to position them. Typically, each machine should sit a minimum of 24 to 36 inches apart. Turn all pieces in the direction they should sit once assembled to make sure there is enough space for the equipment’s extensions to move and for you to comfortably walk around them.

 

If you’re seeking more tips on how to make moving simpler, make sure to check out our 5 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier blog. For more helpful homeowner and moving information, read our AMJ Campbell blog.

Holiday Clean Up

After the flurry of the holidays has dissipated, it’s nice to spend some time putting the house back in order. If a move is on the horizon before the next time you plan to pull out your Christmas tree, being mindful of how much you store is important. We’ve got helpful tips on what to do with all those holiday items once the season comes to a close.

 

Holiday Lighting

When it’s time to take the lights down and get back to reality, keeping the strands separated for the next time you use them makes decorating the house a lot simpler. Purchase a hose holder to use as a large spool. Wrapping your lights will make winding, carrying, and storing light strings simple and will prevent tangles.

 

If you’re a do it yourself type, you can make your own no-tangle reel with a piece of cardboard and some scissors.

 

Leftover Wrapping Supplies

Have lots of extra paper, ribbons, and gift bags? Use a garment bag or hanging closet organizer to store items like tablecloths, seasonal linens, wrapping supplies and more. This keeps them off the ground and in one place once next year rolls around.

 

Wreaths

If you’d like to keep your wreath in pristine condition for next year, use a crush-proof wreath case to safely store and extend its life and prevent breakage. For a do-it-yourself approach, try hanging wreaths in an out of the way location on removable closet rods. Don’t forget to store wreaths in plastic bags before hanging to prevent dust from accumulating on the decorations.

 

Tree Ornaments

If you’re missing ornament boxes, try using egg crates to safely store small ornaments (Styrofoam egg cartons are best for this purpose).

 

Make Space

Consider installing an overhead storage system in the garage to store things that you don’t need regular access to (such as holiday decorations). If you know you’ll be moving before the next holiday season, make sure to clearly label the contents so the boxes will be ready to transport without sorting again prior to the big day.

 

To prep for next year, make sure to check out our How to Reduce Waste During the Holidays blog. For more helpful homeowner information, read our AMJ Campbell blog.

How to Reduce Waste During the Holidays

Enjoying the festivities of the season unfortunately comes with a lot of plastic, shredded paper, and empty boxes, too. According to the B.C. Recycling Council, 545,000 tonnes of waste is generated in Canada from gift-wrapping and shopping bags each year. But not all of your excess has to end up in the landfill. Read on to find out ways to limit what you have to toss out.

 

Use Reusable Wrap

Reusable or fabric gift wrap is a stylish, convenient, and sustainable alternative to paper gift wrap. Fabric makes it easy to wrap oddly shaped items. After the gift unwrapping is over, your recipient can reuse it for their next gift giving opportunity. Make sure to recycle any paper wrap you receive in your blue box.

 

Trim a Live Tree

Living Christmas trees offer an environmentally friendly option for people who want to enjoy a live tree but want to limit waste. These potted trees can be replanted in the ground after the holidays. Check in your area if renting a living tree from a local nursery is possible. If living trees aren’t readily available, make sure to recycle your tree when you are done with it.

 

Give One Gift Instead of Several Small Ones

To reduce wrapping paper and packaging, try gifting one meaningful present or grouping presents together in your wrapping technique, as opposed to wrapping several small gifts. Even further though, if adhering to a specific budget, you could consider buying a single item instead of multiple small ones. This isn’t always possible but it can help reduce waste, cut down on trash produced by packaging and wrapping, and eliminates the likelihood of giving unwanted gifts that end up being thrown away or never used—especially if you find you’re buying little gag-gifts that are less likely to be used.

 

Be Smart About your Holiday Lighting

Buy a timer for your outdoor lights so they are scheduled to be turned off during daylight hours. Buy parallel instead of circuit light strands. This way when one light goes out, the whole strand won’t stop working, inevitably needing to be tossed into the trash.

 

Gift Experiences Instead of Items

To reduce the number of products produced and wasted during the holiday season, don’t give any away. Not only are experiences zero-waste, studies show that experiences bring more happiness than possessions. So, take someone on a trip, to a concert, on a hike, on a bike ride, to a movie, to a sporting event, or to a play. People are more likely to remember that gift longer than a material one.

 

Donate Unwanted Gifts to Charity

If you receive an unwanted or duplicate present this holiday season, donate it to charity. Donating puts an otherwise useless product into the hands of someone in need.

Consider Packaging

Purchase items that come with minimal packaging (toys are some of the worst culprits). Choosing gifts in smaller boxes with less packing material saves resources and helps keep your trash barrels from overflowing. If you are creatively inclined, try making handmade presents this year or look for gifts made from new materials that were produced in ways that don’t harm the environment. Shopping local markets is a good strategy—handmade goods producers tend to not use packaging on their products at all.

 

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How to Pack Awkward Objects

Packing is arguably the most time-consuming task when comes time to move your home. The easy items are the square and rectangle boxes, but have you considered how to handle sharp, fragile, or oddly shaped items? Read on for helpful tips on how to tackle those awkward objects.

 

Round Objects

Wrap round items such as car tires and wheels, footballs, or globes with a flexible internal packaging material such as Kraft paper, bubble wrap, or polyethylene foam sheeting before placing it inside a strong plastic container or cardboard box. Ensure the item fits properly without bulging out at the sides. Fill the extra space with cushioning material to prevent the item from sliding or moving around inside the box during transit.

 

Cylindrical Objects

Wrap items such as carpet rolls, posters, and floor vases with a flexible packing material such as cardboard, foam sheeting, or bubble wrap before taping securely. Make sure the ends are sealed to prevent scratching if dragged. To keep moisture out, try adding a final layer of plastic (such as a garbage bag) with moving tape.

 

Long Objects

To reduce the risk of breakage when relocating long objects such as car bumpers, fishing reels, or curtain rods, add support to the weak points (usually the midsection) of the item. Tape or strap thin pieces of Styrofoam or wood dowel along the length of the object to act as a brace. Then, cover the entire piece in a thick layer of bubble wrap, adding an additional layer around fragile points and ends that could get caught or scrape walls during transportation.

 

Furniture

Heavy and irregularly shaped pieces of furniture such as bed frames, tables, sofas, chairs, bookcases, and mattresses should be dismantled as much as possible before the move. Wrap them in moving blankets or old sheets and tape securely before placing them into the moving truck. Online videos are an excellent way to see how other people get creative when packing household furnishings.

 

Pokey Oddball Objects

Don’t be deterred from packing oddly shaped items. From curling irons to shoe racks to patio décor, oddly shaped articles are part of our lives. Group similar objects together to make it easy when unpacking. Save your larger boxes for these belongings, and angle the tallest pieces in the box first. Then, fill the remaining space with related possessions, and fill empty space with newspaper or packing peanuts to prevent shifting.

 

To collect and restrain those pesky hangers, stack them before looping a rubber band around the hooks. Don’t forget to fill the extra spaces in the box between the hangers with small or soft items such as scarves or socks. Reserving soft items for boxes you are filling with fragile items can serve as protection and reduce the need for packing fillers.

 

Wondering how AMJ Campbell can make your move a little more hassle-free? Read our blog to learn five moving tips that will make your life easier and contact a location near you to find out more about our packing services. Keep in mind that professional movers have the experience and knowledge of how best to move the larger, more awkwardly shaped items.

Moving This Season? A Canadian Winter’s Essential Cross-Country Family-Fun Guide

Winter in Canada may feel like the longest season of the year. If your approach to handling cold weather is to hunker down beside the fireplace and avoid socializing for six months, chances are you’ll be itching to get outside at some point. As the old saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Whether you are new to parts of this country or simply not a fan of the icy cool breezes, we have a roundup of  some of our most cherished Canuck activities to help you embrace this frosty season.

 

Catch Some Air

The sweet spot of Canadian winter is hitting the slopes. Visit one of the country’s iconic ski resorts, which attract thrill-seekers from across the globe on a yearly basis. Blackcomb/Whistler ski resort in British Columbia, Banff & Lake Louise outside of Calgary, Alberta, and Mont-Tremblant north of Montreal in Quebec are the three most famous ski destinations in Canada, among many other hills country-wide that families enjoy.

 

Stay in an Ice Hotel

The enchanting Hôtel de Glace north of Quebec City is a unique hotel built entirely of snow and ice. Every winter it’s completely redesigned and rebuilt, offering an unforgettable experience in the only hotel of its kind in North America. While you’re there, drink a cocktail served in a glass made of ice and then drift off to sleep on a bed built of ice blocks.

 

Take in a Winter Festival

Winterlude in Ottawa, Fredericton Frostival, Ice on Whyte in Edmonton, and Niagara Icewine Festival are some of the most popular festivals held during winter. Music combined with family friendly entertainment make staying up after the season’s early sun downs worthwhile. Many of these festivals offer experiences you won’t find anywhere else—like a hair freezing contest at the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous in Whitehorse or the one-piece snowsuit competition at Igloofest in Montreal.

 

Try a New Activity

Dogsledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing. You name it, we’ve got it. Canada lets you explore areas you might not normally have access to when the ground freezes over. Cross-country ski trails take over land masses that are swamps during warmer months. Ice bridges are formed across winding rivers.

 

Take your favourite summer activities and winterize them. Hiking and birdwatching in the snow offers an alternative experience compared with what you’d see in warmer months. Another hint is to reconnect with the simple winter activities you enjoyed as a child and try them in a new place or with new people. Snowball fight, anyone?

 

Eat Fresh Maple Syrup in the Snow

Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick are hubs for maple syrup production in Canada. Each offer experiences from tastings at small farm facilities to festivals celebrating the sweet stuff. You’re not truly Canadian until you’ve savoured warm maple syrup in fresh snow.

 

For more information on how AMJ Campbell can make your move to Canada a little more hassle-free, contact a location near you.

How to Pack Your Most Treasured Items

Handle with care is easier said than done when you’re hurrying to pack your home before moving day. And when it comes to preparing to relocate fragile items such as family heirlooms, the experience can be stressful because of the emotional significance tied to them. Luckily, AMJ Campbell experts are sharing tips to ensure your treasured breakables make it through the move without damage.


1. China and Fragile Kitchen Items

Pack fine china and other fragile glasses and dishware by wrapping each piece individually with unprinted newspaper or tissue. Check your local newspaper or printer for end rolls of clean newsprint for sale.

Line the bottom of your packing box with crumpled news wrap and/or bubble wrap for protection. Bundle one or two similar sized dishes together. Wrap large dishes separately with bubbles of bubble wrap facing inward for maximum padding.

 

Don’t forget to label your boxes on all sides with ‘fragile’ warnings that can be easily read by movers.


2. Art and Wall Hangings

The key to safely packing art (paintings, wall décor, etc.) is to avoid touching the painting’s surface with bare hands. Do this by wearing white cotton gloves or placing acid-free tissue paper between the work and your fingers when handling.

 

Adhere tape to only the tissue paper that is wrapped around your art. Cut up pieces of cardboard to use as corner protectors. For more delicate pieces, wrap the art in at least two layers of bubble wrap.


3. Furniture and Accessories

Pack antique or heirloom furniture by taking apart any components that can be separated. Don’t forget to attach all screws and other hardware to the furniture in a small Ziploc bag. Wrap all chair, table, sofa legs, and delicate corners in bubble wrap to protect them from being bumped.

 

Cover any upholstery you don’t want stained with blankets or other cloth covers to prevent tears, rips, or stains. This is especially important if you are moving during winter months or in areas of high precipitation.


4. Handle Antiques With Care

Before you begin packing away your most treasured heirlooms and antiques, take the time to create an inventory of items in your collection. Starting with your largest items, photograph each piece for your records and measure items for any custom crates that need to be ordered. For smaller antiques like jewelry, silver, and collectibles, photograph each item and make note of any imperfections.

 

When covering items in protective wrap, ensure the first layer is clean and safe for the material of the antique. For porous items such as artwork, antique books, and fabrics, non-acidic archival tissue makes a fine protective layer. For glass or wood, use stretch wrap or foam wrap to cover the items completely, making sure to extend the wrap around corners and edges.

 

Helpful tip: Use a combination of old, soft blankets, foam from online parcel orders, and bubble wrap to wrap a final layer around precious items that will absorb small shocks that occur during transport.

 

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Work up Some Elbow Grease on National Clean out Your Refrigerator Day

When was the last time you gave your fridge a good scrub? Chances are you’re having a tough time pinpointing the exact date, which means National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is a friendly reminder to work up some elbow grease in the kitchen.

 

Here are some tips on how to tackle the chore:

  • Empty each shelf before wiping each down using hot, soapy water
  • Wipe down the inside of the fridge
  • Use dish soap to wash all the drawers and the areas beneath them
  • Toss all expired and mouldy food
  • Let go of any condiment you haven’t used in the last few months
  • Pull out your fridge from the wall and vacuum beneath the fridge and the condenser coils in the back
  • Wipe down any sticky bottles or jars before returning them to fridge

 

For helpful resources on other topics affecting your home this season, read our blog.

How to Winter-Prep Your Home

This time of year brings with it some highly unpredictable weather, which can cause serious damage to your home. According to the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction research institute, disaster damage has been doubling every five to seven years since the 1960s. Because many disaster losses are preventable, homeowners are encouraged to identify natural hazards.

 

Understand your home’s vulnerabilities

With inclement weather, most often the result is damage to the home’s roof, exterior walls, and windows. It is important to be aware and educated about your home’s vulnerabilities. Have a building inspector evaluate your residence is key. Because every building is different, building inspectors can offer important insights into your home’s capacity to withstand certain weather conditions.

 

Clear the area

Being prepared can protect your family and property are against severe damage. Before inclement weather hits, remove loose items such as trash cans, and lawn furniture. Have ample storage for all outdoor items such as trampolines, playground equipment, gazebo, and patio decor. If storage isn’t possible, consider securely covering these outdoor accessories to avoid direct contact with sleet or heavy snowfall.

 

Direct water away

Driven by melting snow or ice, water can enter homes and gradually deteriorate the interior and contents. Runoff can quickly overwhelm natural and manmade systems, leading to flooding and property damage. Extend your gutter downspouts away from the house to keep moisture from seeping into your basement or foundation. Replacing impervious areas with pervious surfaces, such as permeable paving stones or pavers, can also help.

 

Identify problem zones

To help minimize severe damage, check any areas that might be particularly vulnerable to the elements, such as the roof. Look for warped areas, missing shingles, or popped roofing nails. If the roof is old or showing signs of damage or decay, re-roofing can significantly strengthen a home’s defenses against inclement weather.

 

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5 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier

An easy move might sound like an unrealistic prospect, especially as tasks mount and the big day approaches. But if you ensure you get a head start and stay organized, you’ll be on your way to enjoying the excitement of a new beginning instead of being overwhelmed by moving to a new home. Read on for five helpful tips to make moving day simpler.

  1. Plan like a pro

    Adequate planning and preparation are key to your success on moving day. By planning for your move properly, you won’t end up short on time and scrambling to get everything done by deadline. Investigate your moving company before you make a selection by checking references and obtaining a firm quote for both moving and unloading. Reduce the amount of food you buy a few weeks before you move so you have less to transport in coolers on moving day. As the big day approaches, pack a necessities bag for each family
    member so you won’t be missing important items if moving day runs late due to weather or any last-minute requirements. This bag should have essentials to get everyone through a couple of days during the unpacking process.

  2. Pack less

    It’s simple math – you won’t have to pack as much if you have less stuff. Your living environment can cause some serious strain on you emotionally, especially if it is overflowing with items you never use or wear. Often, as clutter builds, so does stress. By purging your belongings, you can gain a sense of calm seeing how much more organized a household can be. Put on your editor’s hat and toss out clothes that you haven’t worn in over one year, any items that are tattered or worn, and fast fashion items that you don’t see yourself wanting to take through another year. Get the whole family involved, allotting each member their own box to fill with items for donation they can live without. Some worthy organizations that have clothing donation bins across the country are Diabetes Canada and The Salvation Army. Check your listings for local charities that accept or even pick up clothing and household items from you.

  3. Get the tools

    You need the right materials and tools to make your life easier as you pack for the big move. Stock up on supplies such as packing tape (buy more than you think you’ll need), buy new carboard boxes or collect used ones from grocery or liquor stores, pick up a roll end of blank newsprint from your local newspaper or print shop, and test all your markers to make sure they work. There is nothing worse than getting into your packing groove and realizing you’ve run out of tape and the store is closed.

  4.  Make pre-cleaning a priority

    Avoid the dreaded cleaning and unpacking at the same time scenario. Plan to clean or at least dust objects before you pack them away. By scheduling time before moving day to ensure your belongings are spotless before they go into the box, you’ll feel comfortable finding new places for your belongings as soon as you open boxes to unpack. For the space you are leaving, many people opt for hiring cleaners to make sure the empty home is thoroughly sanitized from fridge to toilets to windows.

  5. Label with purpose

    Think of a moving box as a blank slate. Use a heavy, well-inked marker to include the final destination (room name) of each box. Make sure to do this on at least two sides of the box, so it can easily be read when stacked. Then, use the extra space on the box to list key items you may need to access right away. Think corkscrew, nightlights, batteries.

For more information on how AMJ Campbell can make your move a little more hassle-free, contact a location near you.