How to Choose the Best Gun-Safe Movers
The process of moving even normal household items takes much effort in planning and preparation, but some items present a unique challenge. This includes gun safes, which require special handling to be safely moved out of your current home and into your new one.
You shouldn’t attempt to move a gun safe on your own. Gun safes are heavy, and without the proper training and equipment, you can end up with back and shoulder injuries. And for something so valuable and so heavy, you want to be sure to trust the task to the pros.
But hiring movers to move a gun safe takes some research. This isn’t a job for an inexperienced moving company. You want to be sure they have everything they need to move your gun safe and use the right protocols. You don’t want to take any chances, so here are things to look at when you’re choosing a gun safe mover.
Ask if They Have the Right Equipment to Move Gun Safes
Specialized equipment is needed to move a gun safe, depending on its size and weight. Remember to remove absolutely everything so that the safe is empty. Then, you’ll want to give the movers the make and model number for the quote.
Experienced movers will bring a dolly that’s rated for the correct weight, and remove the door if the gun safe weighs more than 600 lbs. The movers will then remove the handles, and wrap everything in plastic and blankets.
Your mover also should document any existing scratches or other damage to the safe.
What is Their Gun Safe Moving Strategy?
A good gun safe mover will note the layout of your home and put down blankets and masonite along the route they will travel to protect your floors. This applies to both ends of the move–your current home and your new one. For the most efficient move, it’s a good idea to know where you’re going to place your safe in its new location.
Stairs also possess a unique challenge, and it requires the right dolly for the weight, tight wrapping and strapping, and careful control of the safe as it’s being moved so it doesn’t damage your stairs or slip–a heavy safe tumbling down a flight of stairs can cause some severe damage.
Are They Familiar With Federal and Local Laws? After All, You’ll Be Moving Your Guns, Too.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) allows lawfully possessed guns to be shipped interstate and out-of-state, but some firearms need prior approval from the ATF before they can be moved.
Your mover should know this and also know any local laws in your current state and your new one if you’re changing states so none of the state or local ordinances are breached. These are known as Peaceable Journey Laws.
You should also be aware that while a mover can move your guns, they cannot move your ammunition. You will have to move your ammunition in your own vehicle. It’s important to note that this doesn’t apply to a rented vehicle-ammunition is considered a volatile item, and it would violate any rental contract.
Prepare Your Gun Safe for a Safe Move
Gun safes are dangerous to move if items are still inside. Your moving company will want to make sure you’ve taken the necessary safety precautions before they attempt to move the safe.
When It’s Time to Move Your Gun Safe, Go With The Experienced Pros at Bekins
When it’s time to move a gun safe, Bekins Central Coast Movers are your best option. We have more than 20 years of experience moving entire households–including gun safes–and know what it takes to do it right.
We offer a number of services when we move your gun safe, including
- In-home, local, and long-distance gun safe moving
- Don’t want your gun safe moved right away? We have climate-controlled warehousing that’s monitored 24/7.
- All the right protective padding and needed equipment
Why choose Bekins Central Coast Movers? We’re the company you can trust for your complete moving needs, including your gun safe.
- We’re Family-Owned and Operated
- We’re A+ Rated by the BBB
- Fully Licensed, US DOT 70719
- Fully Insured, General Liability and Workman’s Comp