Whether used for storing precious metals, important documents, or guns and ammunition, a safe is a great investment for your home and family. These safes protect your belongings from fire, flood, and theft, but they are also one of the most effective ways for storing guns safely away from children. Even though they are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, the fire and flood resistant materials make safes incredibly bulky and heavy to transport if and when you decide to move. To make sure your safe arrives at your new home in an effective, efficient, and safe manner, here are a few simple solutions to follow when moving.
A small safe box can be carried to your new home without much effort. However, larger safes may contain large and heavy items that should be packed in a different location before moving day.
This will not only make the safe easier to move, but it will also ensure no items are lost or stolen during transport.
After emptying your safe, close the door and make sure you have the combination or lock in your possession at all times.
Wrap a thick moving blanket around your safe. This padded layer protects both he safe and the walls and doors of your existing home and your new residence. Make sure the blanket is secure because you do not want it falling off and becoming a nuisance while moving the safe.
Never assume your movers will be able to transport every one of your belongings. Because many safes are considered excessively heavy, you need to consult a moving company to determine if they will be able to handle the transport of your safe.
In most cases, the movers will have the tools and assistance needed to move the safe to your new home. Contacting them beforehand will help them prepare for this larger task. Be sure the path from the safe to the moving truck is free of boxes, furniture, children, and pets.
If you will be moving the safe on your own, you need to prepare. First and foremost, ask a few friends or family members to help with the job. Larger safes, which are used to store different items, including metals, documents, pistols, long guns, and ammo, will require a few people to move.
A wheeled dolly will be necessary. Having this equipment and a few good helpers will reduce the amount of lifting and carrying you will need to do when moving the safe.
Even though you will be using a dolly for the actual transport, wearing a back brace will keep your posture upright, which reduces the risk of back strain and injury.
Make sure you have a few helpers near you and the safe before moving it at all. Place the dolly's lip under the safe and tilt the safe back to ensure the dolly's base is mainly under the bottom of the safe. Again, be sure you have a helper guide you through this process so the safe will not fall back too far against you or a wall.
The weight should be distributed evenly across the dolly. This will make it easier to roll out of your home.
If your safe is upstairs, the moving process will obviously be more difficult. You and a helper should be at the top of the safe while multiple people are below you and the safe. To guide the safe down the stairs safely, additional people will be required to support the weight and gravitational pull.
Moving your safe to your new home is possible, but proper planning and precaution are essential for protecting your home and your health. This guide and the help of movers and supplies will ensure your safe is moved in the safest manner possible.