Do you have a large gun safe you're looking to move to your new home? If so, you may be wondering how you are going to move such a large and heavy item. Here are some tips that can help you move a large gun safe on your own.
Have The Right Size Crew
Moving a heavy-duty gun safe is not a job that you can do on your own. In fact, you'll need at least two people to move a small gun safe that is a tall cabinet style. As the safe gets larger, you'll likely need 3 or 4 people to safely move the safe. Some safes can be so large that you simply cannot do it on your own.
Gather The Right Tools
Before you can attempt to move a large gun safe, you'll need to have the right tools for the job. Pick up some moving pads that can be used to cover the safe, plastic wrap, and an appliance dolly to do most of the heavy lifting across long distances. Forearm moving straps can also be helpful to have on hand for maneuvering the safe around corners that an appliance dolly cannot fit through.
Prepping The Safe
You'll want to remove as much weight from the safe as possible. You should definitely empty the safe of all its contents, and remove the door of the safe if you can. It should be as simple as removing the pin on the inside hinge
Protecting The Safe
Protecting the safe is more about protecting the items that you can run into with a very heavy object. Use the moving pads to completely cover the safe, and then wrap it tightly with plastic wrap to ensure that the pads do not come off during the move.
Using The Dolly
It will take everyone to tilt the dolly backward, with the person in control of the dolly adjusting the angle so that the weight of the safe is centered above the wheels of the dolly. One person should pull the dolly while the rest of the crew has their hands on the safe to prevent it from tilting forward or backward and making the safe feel too heavy.
While these steps may seem simple, moving a safe can become much more complicated if it is going downstairs or the safe is very heavy. Consider contacting a professional safe mover, such as Triangle Safe & Lock, for assistance if you feel like you can't handle the job.