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How to Move a Safe

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Why exactly are safes so hard to get out of a house? Well, the main reason why safes exist in the first place is because they're specifically designed to be difficult to remove from a house.

Think about it: if it was easy for you to move your safe from one house to another, then how easy would it be for a thief or burglar to do the same exact thing? So the next time you're laboring over moving your large, extra-heavy-duty safe from your house, think about the kind of security it provides you and your most valuable belongings, and be thankful that it is so difficult to move.

Need help moving your safe? Read on for some tips and advice on how move your safe.

Preparing the safe for moving

Before you begin with the actual moving of the safe, you should first prepare the safe for the move:
  • Empty the safe of all of its contents. When you're maneuvering the safe down stairs and around corners and onto trucks, there is likely to be a lot of jostling, which will almost certainly disturb the contents inside. You should remove all items before you begin.
  • Pack these items separately, in a safe place, during the move. If you're keeping something in a safe, it's most likely pretty valuable, so you're going to want to pack these items in a secure location during the move. You may also want to talk with your moving company about insurance options on valuables.
  • Removing all items from the safe will make it easier to move. With the safe empty, it will probably be a lot lighter and easier to maneuver. Of course, this depends on what exactly you keep in your safe. If it's nothing but jewelry and valuable trinkets, then removing its contents won't do much to lessen the weight. However, if it's a large, heavy-duty gun safe, then removing the contents should ease the burden a considerable amount.

Moving the safe, safely

Once you've emptied the safe of its contents and are ready to move it, there are some things you're going to need to make the move possible:
  • A heavy-duty appliance dolly, one that's made for large-scale appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers, and of course safes.
  • Moving straps, to keep the safe steady and in place while you move it.
  • A few strong people to help you on moving day. Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to move a large safe on your own. Try to have at least five or six of your strongest friends, family members or neighbors present to help you out with the safe. Without proper assistance you're risking damage to your property, as well as serious injury.
  • Take every precaution necessary. In addition to making sure you have enough people on hand to assist, you should also make sure that you have all of the proper equipment that you need to move the safe. Without the proper equipment, you can be risking serious injury or damage to your property.
Moving a large, heavy item like a safe requires a lot of caution and a lot of patience. Here are some tips on how to successfully get it out of your home and onto the moving truck:
  • Tilt the safe to one side and slide the dolly underneath the bottom of the safe so that the entire unit is resting against dolly.
  • Take the strap and wrap it completely around the safe, making sure to wrap it as tightly as possible. Tie the strap down so that it securely fastened and can keep the safe attached to the dolly at all times.
  • Once the dolly is completely under the safe and the safe is secured to the dolly with the load strap, tilt the dolly back onto its wheels so that the entire weight of the safe is being supported on the wheels of the dolly. You will likely need multiple people to help carefully tilt the heavy safe into this position.
  • When moving the safe on the dolly, you should have at least three people holding up the safe to keep it steady and secure. Even with the load strap holding the safe to the dolly, it is extremely heavy and any sudden movements, turns or bumps can dislodge the safe from the dolly.
  • You should have at least three people at either end of the safe, guiding it and supporting it while you move it up or down the stairs.
  • Once you've gotten the safe onto the truck, tilt it back so that the dolly is resting flat on the floor. Have a few people behind the safe holding it and easing it back towards the ground slowly and carefully.
  • When the safe is lying on flat ground, remove the load strap that is holding it in place and tied to the dolly, and then carefully slide the dolly out from under the safe.
There are specialty movers available who specialize solely in moving large and heavy safes, and if you need to find one in your area that can assist you with your move, simply visit the front page of and fill out our free and easy-to-use quote form at the top of the page. You'll then be contacted by up to seven moving companies that will provide you with a no-obligation estimate for your move.

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on March 19, 2013 - Moving Expert
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