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Having a safe in your home is handy when you want your values protected from theft. However, the actual trouble comes when you need to move the safe for different reasons. Even a sofa is easier to move than a safe, but that’s the point. If anybody can lift your safe, then it would be just as easy to steal as anything else. But let’s not digress.
Then read on and learn how to move a safe…
If you wonder how to move a safe by yourself, you need to first consider all the risks.
Frankly, even an experienced mover shouldn’t do this job on their own as the risks are very serious and can have a permanent impact on their health. If you plan on moving the safe on your own and not calling a moving company, at least ask some friends to help you out. Two extra people should be enough; three is even better.
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Most items in your home don’t require tools to be relocated, but your safe sure does. So, you will either need to purchase and or rent the following items:
Before you even try and lift the safe, you need to have the entire moving routine figured out from start to finish. To do that, you need to:
After you’ve gone over the moving route several times, consider covering the areas which are most prone to bumping, such as tight corners and door openings.
Your safe should be completely empty of any items, regardless of their size. Pack and move your documents, banknotes, and jewels separately. By doing this, you will not only reduce the weight of the safe, but you will also spare the items from potential damage. Better for them to be safely packed in plenty of paper and bubble wrap than to be left rattling in the safe.
If possible, remove the door as that will significantly reduce the weight of the safe. If it’s not an option, close and lock the door. If it opens up accidentally during moving or transit, it can do plenty of damage.
Wrap the safe in moving blankets until no part of it is visible and tie the whole thing with a rope or strap. You can also use tape as an alternative, but it will be harder to remove later when unpacking. The blankets will protect the floors and walls from getting damaged if you accidentally bump into them.
Also, some safes have very delicate inner workings in the locking mechanism. If the mechanism gets damaged, the safe will remain locked until you call a professional locksmith. Covering the safe in blankets will also protect it from scratches.
Follow the instructions as there is a certain way of placing the safe on the hand trolley.
You need to be extra careful of how you manoeuvre the safe around your home, and you need to be twice as careful when you move the safe into your new house.
There are two instances which will be the most challenging: corners and stairs.
When you manoeuvre around corners, try to steer the hand trolley a little bit further out, without scraping the wall. When it comes to stairs, 2 to 3 steps are perfectly manageable. You will hold the dolly by the handles while the other two of your helpers work on the front, either pushing the dolly up or helping it go down the stairs. Take one step at a time and ensure everybody’s well-positioned and rested before the next step. A long flight of stairs, however, should be left to professional movers.
When you reach the moving van, you will encounter the challenge of loading the safe inside. This is where the moving ramp comes in very handy. A sturdy motor-driven loading ramp will save you and your helpers a great deal of effort. All you need to do is put the dolly on the ramp and watch as it lifts the item, so it can be then pushed inside the cargo space.
On the other hand, if the van doesn’t have a mechanised loading ramp, you will need to use the standard one, where you push the dolly up the ramp. One of you will pull the dolly by the handles while the other two will push. Do it slowly and carefully, and don’t stop in the middle of the ramp.
Once you get the safe inside the cargo space, strap it safely to one of the van sides.
As you see by now, moving a safe is not like moving a fridge or a sofa. It’s much harder and requires a lot of experience. If you feel you’re not up to the task, you better hire professional moving services instead of taking unnecessary risks.
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So, get in contact today and have that heavy safe moved in a stress-free manner!
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