Move a gun safe in Northern VA


mr. e
July 3, 2003, 04:31 PM
I want to put a new gun safe in my house and have found a large but affordable Winchester model at the Sam's Club at Potomac Mills, but they don't have any ideas on how to move it.

Can any of you VA people provide any advice on someone local who can do the job?

An approximate price would also be helpful.

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July 3, 2003, 10:54 PM
can be scary...almost dangerous. Three of us moved a mid-size safe into Clint's house. It takes time, planning, and a little luck to do it without injury. His truck was almost even with height of front porch so we used 2x10s and plywood to make the small ramp needed. I have a retangular
"cart"...2'x3' w/ heavy casters. We strapped the safe to the cart and wheeled right into the house. We then put it on a blanket to scoot it through a tight doorway/corner area. Then used a two-wheeler to do the final placing. It reads easier than it was. Good luck. Plan carefully and guard
your trigger finger!

July 4, 2003, 10:59 AM
You've probably noticed that none of the other NoVA'ers aren't responding because we don't want to say "Yeh. I moved a safe." and have you reply "can ya help?"

I haven't moved a mid-size safe, but have friends who have. They borrowed a handtruck and they were able to move it from one garage to the new house's garage.

I've had another friend hire professional safe movers that came in with special kinda safe-moving lift. Cost him over $500, if I remember correctly.

My suggestion would be call Galyan's in Fairfax and ask them if they could recommend a safe mover. They may or may not be able to help.

As hard target suggested... Plan. Plan. Plan.

Urban Warrior
July 4, 2003, 11:50 AM
Give Steve a call @ (703)573-4394.

He's a Fort Knox dealer, but is very reasonable when it comes to moving.

He's in Vienna...................UW

July 4, 2003, 12:00 PM
The easiest way is to call places that sell safes and say you need one of yours moved.

If you have several friends and depending on the weight of the safe you can rent utility dollies from u-haul. These have cranks for going up and down steps and are built to handle X amount of weight.

If you run a search on here and at the old tfl you will see where some people use small pieces of pipe to roll the safe. Some use marbles or golf balls, and this works on hard floors best.

Sam's should load the safe in a truck for you, I considered getting my safe from sam's but wound up just choosing something else.

You can rent trucks with hydraulic or electric lift gates to help you in getting the safe in and out of the bed of a truck.

I don't mind moving smallish ones, but now adays I add moving expense to the cost of any safe.

July 4, 2003, 12:30 PM
if you use some type or 2 wheeler, which you probally will.... make sure to use a steel plate over the doorway when you go in the house...

i've never seen it myself but i know several guys who've pulled the safe over the threshold only to have the wheels go through the floor...

put a jack under the bumper of the truck to hold it level with the porch, if that applies....

mine only weighs 700lbs, but two big guys, myself and my buddy, hard a hard time rampping it off the truck and then again into the house from the porch...

oh and once you start ..... do not stop

the place i bought it from had an electric 2 wheeler that worked as a lift and it climbed steps too.... you could probally rent one, and it would be worth it....

July 4, 2003, 01:00 PM
I second Urban Warrior's recomendation.

Steve, of Steve's Safes does a first rate job. He does delivery for a number of the shops in the DC metro area, including Galyans.

He may even be able to get you a better deal on a comparable model.


July 4, 2003, 01:34 PM
Hire a safe mover. Get a name/number from somebody that sells safes, and have a professional do it. I was amazed how reasonable, and fast these guys can get the job done. My back thanks them as well!

July 4, 2003, 09:23 PM
I bought a 900-lb. safe from Woodbrook Sports in Charlottesville. They delivered it from Charlottesville to Richmond(70 mi.) and put it in the house. They have a pickup with a lift, an electric pallet jack and an electric appliance cart(whatever it's really called) with direct drive plastic caterpillar treads. Nothing like push-button stair climbing. $150 for the delivery and one flight. I did the boltdown.


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