Moving a Gun Safe
Back when our Senior Moving Coordinator was a young man, he recalls moving many gun safes both locally and long distance. Gun safes generally weigh anywhere between 200-800 pounds but some of the larger safes can weigh over 1000 pounds! Moving a gun safe is a liability nightmare for any moving company so it is a common practice to add an additional fee and manpower to any job requiring a gun safe to be moved. If not moved properly by trained professionals, mishandling a gun safe could lead to serious injuries or damage to the property and surroundings.
The first key to moving a gun safe is to strategize a course of action. Your Moving Kings professionals will basically map out the route the piece will travel through the home and to the truck before they even touch the piece. After making sure that the safe is emptied from all firearms, valuables and ammunition, our moving professionals will then protect the safe by padding and wrapping the piece with industrial moving blankets. After the safe is wrapped and padded, our professionals will put down any additional protection to the floor, stairs, railings or walls to ensure that there is no damage to the surroundings while moving the safe.
Once these precautions and preparations have been made, your Moving Kings professionals will bring in a handy tool called an “appliance dolly.” The appliance dolly is very similar to the hand truck dolly you will see our moving professionals using to move furniture and boxes, but it is reinforced with steel and built with straps that allow you to strap the safe down to the dolly. After being strapped to the appliance dolly and safely transported to the truck, they will load the safe on the truck with the lift gate as opposed to the ramp for safety precautions.
Keep in mind that most professional moving services will move the gun safe, but they will not move or transport any ammunition. Some companies may offer to move the firearms if they are properly secured in a locked carrying case and with all the appropriate documentation, but for the most part companies will not take the liability to move firearms. It is always best practice for you to transport your own firearms and ammunition in your personal vehicle. Be sure to touch base with your lawyer or legal advisor if you are crossing state lines because the gun laws and your rights in Florida are not the same in other states.
When in doubt, always feel free to reach out to your Moving Kings representative for more questions and information and moving a gun safe. Give us a call or shoot us an email if you have a gun safe that needs to be included in your upcoming move, or even if you only need to move a gun safe. Our moving professionals at Moving Kings are here to ensure the safe transport of your gun safe and set up in your new home.