Posted:
01/22/15

Moving a Safe: Tips and Logistics

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Moving a large safe is a big job. The largest safes for homes and businesses can weigh from 300 to well over 1500 pounds–making them some of the heaviest items to transport. The process of moving or relocating such a heavy item involves a number of logistical concerns ranging from specialized equipment to proper moving procedures.

A safe is one of the most important investments you can make, but first you have to move it. Often you can arrange transport with the vendor after purchasing the safe, but if you end up moving the safe independently, there are a few important things to consider. Here are some helpful considerations for moving a large safe from one place to another and keeping the safe, you, and everyone assisting safe in the process.

Plan a Route

Once you are ready to unload and begin physically moving the safe, you will need to have a route planned to ensure the smooth movement of the safe from the truck to the building where you are keeping it. Make sure the route is free of obstructions to prevent complications from arising during transport. For large safes, you will need to accurately measure the dimensions of the safe and the entryways, and take into account any maneuvering to position the safe.

Use the Right Equipment

For a large gun safe, you will need a vehicle with a hydraulic lifting platform to safely and effectively move the safe to and from the vehicle. A safe weighing 400-1000 pounds would be impossible to relocate in and out of a vehicle without a hydraulic platform. Once the safe is out of the truck, you will need a reinforced dolly capable of taking on the weight of the safe.

This process may require the assistance of several people, as you will need to also strap the safe to the dolly to further secure it. Make sure to also wear proper safety equipment, such as good gloves, sturdy, steel capped boots, and a back brace to help keep you secure and comfortable while physically maneuvering the safe.

Have a Procedure

Make sure to plan a procedure for getting the safe from the vehicle to the building as safely and efficiently as possible. Have a plan for operating the dolly, clearing a path, and maneuvering the safe. This process will involve multiple people, so identify individual roles and work together to get the safe relocated safely. Use leverage and the dolly as much as possible to avoid having to lift any part of the safe more than necessary. Make safety your primary concern during the moving process.