How to Move a Treadmill?

Having the freedom and flexibility to workout on a treadmill from home can be such a luxury. It allows for flexibility in when you can go for a walk or run and lets you do so without leaving the house.

Whether you are moving to a new home or just want to put your treadmill in a different room, moving a treadmill can seem cumbersome. With a little bit of planning, you will be able to safely move your treadmill.

How to Move a Treadmill

For many home gym enthusiasts, the treadmill is a highly coveted piece of equipment. They take up a great deal of space and are usually a large investment, but this well worth having the convenience of a treadmill in your home.

Once you have picked a spot for your treadmill, you typically don’t have to move it. That being said, there are still situations where you’ll need to figure out how to move a treadmill.

How Much Does it Cost to Move a Treadmill?

How much does it cost to move a treadmill? The answer to this question is going to depend on a few different factors, including:

  • How you decide to move it?
  • Where it is going?
  • What type of treadmill you have?
  • How much help you need?

If you have a treadmill that is relatively light or folds up, you will likely find that it’s much less expensive to move a treadmill that is heavy and maintains its shape.

The cheapest way to move a treadmill is to do it yourself. Grab a friend, a dolly, and a truck big enough to get it from point A to point B but that might not be the safest for your treadmill.

If something happens to your treadmill and it falls, you could need to spend more money on repairs than you would on a move.

If you are only moving the treadmill within your home to a different room and you feel comfortable doing that yourself—go for it! If you need some help but don’t want to hire a moving company, you may be able to find a freelance on Craigslist, TaskRabbit, or similar websites.

Because freelance movers that are advertising on these platforms don’t have the same upfront costs as a business does, they will often work for less money. Depending on your area, a freelance mover could cost anywhere between $40-$100 per hour.

If you are moving to a new home and already have movers coming, it will likely make sense to have them move your treadmill as they are moving everything else.

This can cost anywhere between $150-$300, depending on the moving company, the area you live, and how many stairs they will need to move the treadmill.

How to Move a Treadmill Through a Doorway

If you’re wondering how to move a treadmill through a doorway, you’ll need to make sure you know a few things. You need to know if your treadmill folds up, if the arms can be removed, and if the treadmill has wheels.

If your treadmill folds up, arms can fold down (or be removed), and the treadmill has wheels, congratulations! Your treadmill will be the easiest to move through a doorway.

In this case, you may be able to fold up your treadmill and wheel it through the door with minimal effort. If your treadmill doesn’t fold up, you will probably want to consider taking it apart. This will make it easier to maneuver and will be much lighter.

If your treadmill doesn’t have wheels, you will either need to rent a dolly or enlist a friend to help you carry it through the door. It may take a few tries to get the angle perfectly, and you may need to maneuver your position.

Whether you’re rolling it or carrying the treadmill with another person, it’s helpful to have someone there who isn’t in charge of carrying who can keep an eye on what you’re doing, let you know if you are about to hit something, and help you guide your treadmill through the door.

As a last resort, you can also remove your door from its hinge. This is particularly helpful if you have a larger treadmill and/or a smaller door.

How Heavy is a Treadmill?

On average, the weight of a treadmill can range between 200-350 pounds. Your treadmill should have come with a user manual that should have this information, but you can also use a few key pieces of information to guess how heavy yours is.

The weight of your treadmill will depend on a few factors. Typically, there are three parts that will add weight to a treadmill—the motor, the belt, and the frame. Having different features for each of these parts can contribute to how heavy your treadmill is.

The motor on a treadmill is what gives it its power. A treadmill that boasts a motor with a higher output is going to weigh more than a motor for a casual walker. For a high-speed treadmill, the upper range of weight is between 40-50 pounds.

The belt is the next piece to consider when figuring out how much your treadmill weighs. The belt is the part of the treadmill you run on and is arguably the most important part of a treadmill—if it doesn’t feel great, you’re not going to want to run on it.

While most belts are daily standard, there are some specialty belts used in the military and for terrain training that can weigh upwards of 30 pounds.

The frame is what gives a treadmill most of its weight, and frames can weigh up to 300 pounds on their own. A sturdy and heavy-duty treadmill is essential if you are doing interval training or running far distances. If you bought your treadmill with a casual walk in mind, it may be much lighter.

Can Movers Move a Treadmill?

Although most movers will move a treadmill for you, there is an increasing number of moving companies that will refuse. This is because moving a treadmill can be a huge liability.

They are heavy and difficult to carry, and just like moving your favorite TV or grandmother’s vase, it can be emotional if something happens to your treadmill.

If you are considering going with a company for a move, it’s best to discuss moving your treadmill as soon as you can. You may still be deciding if you want to do it yourself or have it handled professionally, but still call movers in your area to get a quote and talk through your needs.

Ask what insurance covers, and see if they need you to do anything in particular for a successful move. Some moving companies will move your treadmill but will ask you to take it apart and put it back together.

How to Move a Treadmill up or Down The Stairs

This is probably one of the questions asked most frequently when thinking of moving a treadmill. Moving a treadmill up or down the stairs may seem like a daunting task, but if you have a plan and are careful you will absolutely be successful.

First, pick your strongest friend and call them up. You may have to bribe them with pizza, but it will be well worth having their help.

With your friend, take a look at the staircase that the treadmill needs to move up or down and figure out who will be at the front of the treadmill and who will be at the back.

Keep an eye out for anything around the treadmill that could be scratched, bumped into, or knocked over. Move whatever you can out of the way, and be mindful of wall fixtures or banisters that cannot be removed.

If your treadmill does not fold up, evaluate how narrow your staircase is. If you think it’s a tight squeeze, take the treadmill apart. While this means more time and more moving, this step may save you a lot of headache when trying to get your treadmill up or down the stairs.

You should also consider wrapping your treadmill in a large blanket while you’re moving it up or down the stairs. You can tape the blanket to itself if you think it will slip. Even though dropping the treadmill isn’t part of your plan, you want to plan for the worst and make sure you are prepared.

While you are moving your treadmill, be sure to communicate with the person on the other end. Check in with them, make sure they have their balance, and let them know if you are having any difficulty.

Whatever you decide is the best way to move your treadmill, just know that it’s possible to do so in a way that is affordable while still protecting you and your treadmill. If you have a plan and ask the right questions, you’ll be back to running (in a new space) in no time!

About Gaurav Dhir

Gaurav Dhir, B. Tech, PGDCM is an engineer and MBA by training. A fitness aficionado, Gaurav follows a strict diet and exercise regimen to keep himself vigorously active. He loves playing sports and being outdoors. Gaurav is responsible for the health and wellness of 4 generations including his son, elderly parents and very elderly grandparents.