Moving A Safe Yourself
We can see you right now, standing in front of the quality safe you purchased from Dexter’s Best or previously from another retailer, wondering just how in the heck you’re supposed to move this giant metal box from point A to B. Were it so simple as moving a fridge or cabinet, you wouldn’t be in this pickle, but Dexter’s Best has your back, even if it means simply providing you with the best advice for tackling this move yourself.
Consider All Factors
First and foremost, run a quick risk assessment for moving your safe. Does it really behoove you to undertake a tough job like this? What are the potential dangers? Do you have the right equipment? Did you build the room around the safe, and now it’s just stuck there forever? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, so to speak. However, if you find yourself in a situation where a safe must be moved and you are unable to let us tackle the job for you, what follows are the necessary steps to take to safely move a safe.
Safety In Numbers
Simply because you must move a safe by yourself does not mean that you should move a safe by yourself. Enlist at least three able-bodied individuals that are up to the task to assist in moving your safe. Your personal safety should be your top priority when maneuvering such a large object, and in the event of an accident or injury, the consequences could be severe if there is no one to help you.
Make A Plan
In most aspects of life, it pays to plan ahead. The same thing goes for moving a safe. Here are some practical items to consider before you start your move:
- Pre-plan your route! Clear any other furniture out of your path. Put the dog outside. Ensure children are accounted for and otherwise occupied.
- Measure any doors and hallways your route takes you through to ensure the safe will fit without damaging walls or door frames. If your route takes you up or down stairs, make sure the stairs are in good enough condition to bear the load.
- Empty the safe! The contents of the safe may pale in comparison to the overall weight of the unit, but every little bit will help when it comes to moving a safe. The lighter, the better.
- Borrow or rent a heavy-duty appliance dolly, and secure the safe to the dolly. The last thing you want is your safe sliding around willy-nilly on a dolly while you’re trying to move it.
- Protect floors and walls along your route. If it seems like an area might be a snug fit or you have beautiful hardwood floors, better to be safe than sorry and put some simple padding up to save yourself the headache later of repairing unnecessary damage.
- Wear comfortable, close-toed and slip-resistant shoes. If you fall while moving a safe, there is going to be a very heavy object following close behind. Avoid flip-flops at all costs.
- If moving your safe involves transporting it in a vehicle, ensure that said vehicle is up to the task of bearing the load and is large enough to accommodate the safe. Secure the safe to the vehicle to avoid any movement or shifting of the unit.
- Close and lock the safe before you move it. This will further eliminate the possibility of damage to your person or surroundings.
When In Doubt, Call Dexter’s Best
Even if you believe that moving a safe is a job you can do on your own, we encourage you to consider contacting Dexter’s Best to do the move for you. Professional assistance with your move is always the safest option available! We will move any safe in your possession, even if you didn’t purchase it from Dexter’s Best. Be safe out there, and contact us with any moving questions you may have!