How to Install a Home Safe


A safe in your home is a great way to keep valuables safe, and because of the incredible weight of the larger designs, a thief is hardly going to be able to make off with one. There are a few things to consider when getting something as heavy as a safe into your home.

  • Decide where you will put the safe, and look up your homeowner's weight specifications/building plans to figure out if the spot will bear the weight of the safe. One thing to look at is the placement of floor joists.

  • Clear out the room where you will put the safe and clear the passage to that room.

  • Evaluate any problem areas in your home along the route from the front door to where you will put your safe. Some problems, like winding staircases, are obvious. Others, like marble counters or awkward openings in walls, are subtle. Think about how the safe will enter the home and make its way to its destination.

  • Empty the safe. It is necessary to clean out the safe so that objects inside it are not jarred while it is being moved.

  • If you are moving the safe yourself, evaluate the vehicle to make sure it can accommodate the weight.

  • Load the safe onto the vehicle with appropriate tools and manpower. Use a dolly or a neighbor to help you move the safe. Don't take risks, a dropped safe can seriously injure yourself or others.

  • Take the safe to your home and unload it safely.

  • Move the safe with enough manpower and tools.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experts, including the retailers of steel safes, can help. The retailers often have crews who will come to your home and install the safe for you. They know all the tricks, and even if you plan to install it yourself, talking with one of the representatives can give you additional feedback about what is and is not safe moving.

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