Being big on home protection may mean having a gun safe. But how do you protect both your gun safe and your home from damage during a move? Well, you hire movers who know how to move a gun safe the correct way! Moving a gun safe is not as simple as just lugging it out the door and into a truck. Here’s the right way to move a gun safe from one home to another.
FIND OUT YOUR SAFE’S WEIGHT
Your first move is to find out what your gun safe weighs so you know who can move it. At 3 Men Movers, we can move empty safes that weigh up to 600 pounds. Note the word empty, since you need to remove all guns and other items from the safe before we show up to move it.
If you’re not sure of the exact weight of your safe, resist the urge to try weighing it yourself. That will end badly! Instead, just let us know the make and model of your gun safe and we can look it up to find out its weight.
If it weighs more than 600 pounds, we recommend you hire a professional safe mover who has the equipment for the job. If your safe is teetering on the brink of 600 pounds, give or take, our movers will remove the door and handles, since that’s where most of the weight is.
PREPARING YOUR GUN SAFE FOR THE MOVE
If it turns out we can indeed move your gun safe, here’s what to expect from moving day. First, we’ll protect the floors and your gun safe by putting blankets and Masonite — which is durable compressed wood — on the floors along the path we’ll be taking to move your safe out the door.
Next, we’ll inspect the gun safe for any visible damage. We want to make sure we don’t add any scratches or dents to such an important possession, so we’ll pay close attention to its appearance before and after the move.
Then we will carefully lift the safe and carry it to a larger area of your home, where we have space to lay it down and remove the door and handles. That’s when we will wrap those up in plastic and blankets to ensure they’re not damaged during the move — so make sure you have the gun safe combination on hand for easy door removal!
TRANSPORTING YOUR GUN SAFE
Okay, so your gun safe is now dismantled, wrapped up and ready to go. Now what? This is the fun part: getting it in the truck! In most cases, three movers can handle the task of pushing the safe into the moving truck, especially with some help from a moving dolly.
But if your safe is close to the 600-pound limit, you can request a moving truck with a lift gate. This makes loading it up a little easier, since our movers will use a four-wheel dolly to get it on the lift, press a button and then arrange it so it fits perfectly in the truck.
Regardless of the size of your gun safe, it’s best to have some idea of where you’ll store it in your new house. That way, you can show the movers where to put it once you arrive, and then they can quickly put down some Masonite and blankets before rolling it right to its new home!
If you have a gun safe and an upcoming move, it makes sense to hire professionals who have experience with this task. At 3 Men Movers, we understand the importance of treating your gun safe (and your home) with care, so contact us today to schedule your move!