Prepare Your Safe
Empty the safe completely. Move all your important documents, banknotes, guns, jewelry, cash, and any other valuables to a safer place. The safe is quite heavy on its own, so any way you can reduce the overall weight is a good idea. Not only will this ensure that anything inside of them will remain undamaged, but it will also help you maintain the proper center of gravity when moving. After all, any heavy “sloshing” inside is going to mean trouble when the time comes to move.
Make sure that the door of your safe is securely closed and locked. If the safe door suddenly swings open mid-journey, it could cause property damage, or worse, hurt someone. You could also take the door off altogether. Most doors can easily be taken off with a screwdriver and then later be put back again. Keep the screws and plates in a safe place.
Wrap the safe (and the door, if you’ve taken it off) in several thick blankets and secure the blankets using duct tape. This will keep your safe from getting dented or chipped on during the move.
Use the Right Tools for the Job
Moving objects like safes and cabinets can make anyone nervous, especially if you already have a hard time with joint pain or limited strength. Let’s face it: no one is meant to carry a two-hundred-pound safe on their own. That’s when you need to rely on tools to help keep you safe and healthy. We offer dollies (also known as hand trucks) for hefty items. Make sure you weigh and measure your safe before renting your dolly. It’s important to know the exact dimensions of your safe. You can also buy furniture sliding pads with rubber on top and plastic on the bottom for a nearly frictionless move.
Make sure the safe is securely strapped in and tied down when you put it on the dolly. The ties and straps should be secure enough that the safe does not move an inch. This is how you can easily move a safe down the stairs or upstairs, by using a portable dolly.