Every time you are about to move to another place and have decided to do the relocation by yourself, you’ll often have to handle large and heavy and awkwardly shaped household items as well. It’s a tricky and risky job which requires extra caution on your part, rigorous safety measures and observation of specific moving tips.
One such personal possession could be your large home safe. Now, unlike portable safes which are designed to be easily transported, the purpose of a big safe is to be really hard to be moved out of the house. It’s the whole idea behind the home safe, isn’t it? Yes, your valuables are securely locked, and the impressive weight, size and sturdiness of a home safe should be such as to discourage and ultimately prevent any potential theft attempts.
So far, so good. But how are you supposed to move such a monster on your own? Good question! This is why we have prepared some great pointers on how to properly move a heavy safe on your own.
1. Re-evaluate your moving options
Huge safes are not a joke, and the best and by far the safest option you have is to employ the services of a professional moving company. Let experienced experts take care of relocating your safe so that no accidents of any kind occur.
However, if your moving budget is rather tight and you decide to take your chances and do this on your own, then you’re going to need a handful of reliable helpers to get the job done.
2. Get the right equipment
Professional movers use dollies for lifting and moving heavy stuff on a daily basis. You must get one at all costs regardless of how many or how strong your helping friends may be. Based on the weight and dimensions of your particular safe, you can rent a heavy-duty appliance dolly of the right size from any moving company. It’s best if the hand truck is equipped with durable supporting straps.
3. Mind your clothing and footwear
Make sure your clothes and footwear, and the ones of your dedicated helpers, are suitable for the moving job. Avoid baggy clothes and any jewelry that may get caught on something during transportation. Also, it’s absolutely crucial that you wear thick work gloves and closed footwear with anti-slip soles.
4. Work out your exit strategy
Remember that haste makes waste. Before you make any attempts to move the heavy safe, plan carefully your way out of the house all the way to the transportation vehicle. Never rush things but rather think at least two steps ahead before taking one actual step forward. Tricky corners, flights of stairs and tight corridors present formidable challenges and may lower significantly your chances of success. Appoint a spotter if necessary – a person who will give a warning whenever something dangerous is about to happen.
5. Protect the floors and walls
This is an important step. First of all, wrap a furniture blanket around the heavy safe and tape it in place. This way, even if the bulky safe accidentally hits the floor or a wall, the damages should be none, or minimal. And secondly, you can lay film protectors (or unnecessary patches of old clothes, carpets or rags) on the floors for additional protection.
6. Consider emptying the safe
Depending on the content of your safe, you may want to think about emptying it before the move. If it contains mainly banknotes, paperwork and other lightweight stuff, it’s perfectly okay to just leave them there. However, if much heavier items are kept inside, you may consider removing them in order to decrease the total weight of the safe. Needless to say, the second option dictates that you should find another secure method of transporting the valuable items.
In any case, make absolutely sure that the door of the safe is closed and locked, for its accidental opening during the relocation process could cause irreparable damage both to humans and property.
7. Secure the safe on the dolly
Tilt the safe on one of its sides, slide the dolly under it and then pull it back up until the safe is off the ground. Secure the big safe with the tight straps in order to immobilize it – otherwise it may shift and hurt someone. The safe body should be on the dolly before you start rolling it.
8. Go one step at a time
Proceed extremely cautiously when wheeling the safe around the house towards the exit door. When going down the stairs with the dolly, take only one tiny step at a time. If you face a difficulty of some sort, stop and think how to overcome it instead of reacting on impulse. Consult with your helpers and implement the decisions that make the most sense.
9. Load the safe onto the vehicle
The only way to safely load the enormous safe onto the transportation vehicle is with the help of a mechanized loading ramp. Regardless of whether you’re using your own vehicle, you’ve borrowed it from a friend or you’ve rented a moving truck, such a loading ramp is a must-have prerequisite for a successful safe transportation.
Once you reach your destination, the above-mentioned steps should be repeated in reversed order until your heavy safe is placed securely in your new house.
10. SAFETY ABOVE ALL
Don’t ever forget, not even for a moment, that your safety, and the safety of the helping friends must be your top priority. Nothing is more valuable than a person’s health and well-being, not even a heavy safe full of gold.
If, after all you physical and mental efforts, the task of relocating your home safe turns out to be more than you can handle, then seek professional help without any delay.
Posted on Sep 16, 2013; Last updated: Jun 6, 2014
Topics: Self Moving Tips