Whether you're relocating or just trying to move your gun safe to a safer or more convenient place in the house, the process of moving a safe is a complex one. After all, gun safes are traditionally very heavy and need to be handled with care. Before you try to move yours, here are a few things that you should know.
Why Is A Gun Safe So Heavy?
When you're dealing with a free-standing safe, you want something that's heavy and difficult to move. This serves as a deterrent to thieves who would otherwise be likely to just grab it and go, cracking the lock on their own time and on their own turf. The weight of the safe makes it less likely of a target, because the thief is going to be looking for things they can grab quickly.
It's also important to remember that the basic design of a safe lends itself to a certain amount of weight. It takes a lot of material to create something that's fire resistant, difficult to crack, and can stand up to most threats. The locking mechanism, the internal components, the liners, and all of the other material will contribute a lot of weight.
How Do You Move A Gun Safe?
Make sure you know exactly where you want the safe to go before you move it. That way, you can go directly from where it is to where it's going without risking any issues along the way. Walk the path before you actually move the safe, looking for any sharp corners, tight passages, or other hazards. Make sure you have a plan in place to deal with these things as well.
- Use A Dolly - Get a flat furniture dolly to help you move the safe. This is the best way to do it because it allows you to only have to lift it twice - once to put it on and once to take it off. That saves on the physical strain of the job and minimizes the risk of dropping it.
- Don't Go It Alone - Make sure that you have some help on hand when you're ready to move the safe. Don't try to lift it by yourself, especially if it's a large safe. The number of people you'll need to help you will vary based on the size and weight of your safe, so consider it practically and reach out to some friends and family to get some help.
- Prevent Damage Along The Way - Wrap the safe in a furniture blanket before you lift it. This will provide some padding between the safe and anything that it might hit. That way, you don't risk damage to the walls or the floors as you go, minimizing the repairs and cleanup that you might have to do later.
With the right considerations and a solid plan in place, relocating your gun safe can be easier than you think.