Without proper planning, moving can be extremely stressful. This can be extra challenging when you need to move specialized items such as a gun safe. Safes are designed to be heavy and bulky to protect the items inside it. While they are useful, they can pose a challenge when you need to move as they are not the easiest items to transport. You have come to the right place as you will discover tips for moving a gun safe.
Preparation and Planning
If you are a weapon aficionado, then a gun safe is one of the items in your possession. If you are moving to another home or apartment, it is also one of the things you need to pack with you during the move. This is a big, bulky, and heavy item that relocating it can be extremely stressful – on top of the challenges present when you are planning a move.
You need to understand the weight and dimension of a gun safe so you can plan how to move it accordingly. Most safes are made with thick steel so it will take more than one person to move it.
When planning, you have to determine how to move it. You can use a dolly to move a safe that is 500 lb heavy or more. However, not everyone has this tool at home. But even if you do have a dolly at home, lifting the safe into the dolly can be quite a chore in itself.
Never ever attempt to do this on your own. Always enlist the help of your friends or family members to avoid causing damage while moving the safe.
Safe Loading and Transport
Moving a gun safe on your own is a next to impossible task, especially with heavier safes. Always observe safety to ensure that you won’t damage the safe or cause injury to the persons attempting to move it.
The first tip in ensuring a safe move is to empty the safe. This refers not just to the firearm that is stored within the safe but also the shelving. Some movers even remove the door of the safe to make it less heavy. If this is not possible, keep the door locked and closed. This will keep the interior safe from damage from movement during transit.
When you are moving a gun safe, don’t forget to protect the walls and floors, too. It is not just the gun safe that needs protection, be extra careful that you do not cause damage to parts of the home or apartment as you transport it from the interior to the moving truck. The use of a dolly is your best bet to avoid damage but make sure there is a team of two to three people to operate the dolly (especially when you have to navigate a flight of stairs).
Cover the floor with rugs or blankets, as well as tight spots such as corners or door openings. The added level of protection will ensure that you won’t cause damage even if the safe accidentally falls to the floor or hit any walls.
When loading the safe onto a moving truck, manually lifting the safe into the back of the truck is not feasible. You need a motor-driven loading ramp to easily carry it onto the truck. This is also the safest way to do it. If you don’t have a ramp, you can also use a forklift to do this. Make sure that the safe is properly secured onto the forklift using a rope or strap so it won’t accidentally fall off while being lifted.
Hire a Professional to Do It
In addition to these tips, you must be aware that there are certain things that you must leave to a professional. One of them is moving a gun safe. If you want to save yourself from the hassle of going through the steps above and reducing the risk of damage to your gun safe, then it makes sense to hire a moving professional. This is especially important when you are moving interstate or across the country.
There are some things that are best left to the professionals and this is one of them. They are equipped with the right tools to pack and handle the safe to keep it protected during transit. When choosing a moving company, make sure they offer this specialized service to guarantee that they know how to get the job done. You need to research the best movers in your area. Ask your prospects about their techniques on how to move a safe so you can determine if they’re the right choice.