Buying a Gun Safe This Black Friday: Should You Haul or Deliver?
AllOutdoor Staff 11.28.19
There are many responsibilities that come with owning a firearm, one of which is to keep them safe and out of the hands of children, burglars, and anyone else with unauthorized access. You also want to keep your firearms protected from a potential house fire or other dangers, right?
Firearms are not cheap and they can be a valuable investment, not to mention that you may just own family heirlooms that are priceless to you.
In any case, if you’re a gun owner who doesn’t own a gun safe, you need to change that! What’s better, is that Black Friday can be one of the best possible times to get a new gun safe, because this is one item where prices simply aren’t going to get any better throughout the year.
There are an abundance of different gun safes for you to choose from, but honestly, choosing a gun safe to buy is the easy part. The hard part is transferring the safe to your home. You’ll have two primary options for doing so: hauling the safe to your house yourself or having it delivered.
We’ll discuss the pros and cons of these two options in this article.
Hauling The Safe Yourself
A safe is a very heavy and large item, so transporting it to your home yourself (even if you only live a few minutes away from where you buy it) may understandably feel like a totally daunting task. Not only do you risk damaging your vehicle or your house, you also risk damaging yourself.
Fortunately, there is a ‘right way’ to transporting a gun safe.
Start by ensuring the safe is totally empty before you move it. Otherwise you risk damaging the equipment inside as well, which will be costly. In addition, you need to have a plan: know exactly where in the home you want the safe to be and clear out space for it.
You would also be wise to enlist the help of other people, such as friends or family members, because transporting such a big and heavy safe is going to be a nearly impossible task to do by yourself. At least two additional people will likely be necessary for transporting an average sized safe.
Bring a long a furniture dolly that you can use to move the safe into position. With the aid of other people, carefully and slowly set the safe down onto the dolly. You will definitely need the help of other people if you need to get the safe up stairs.
Most fireproof safes will allow you to remove the door and transport the safe body and door separately. This is something I learned the hard way when I purchased my first safe. When you open the door, you simply lift the door upwards and it should slide right off. If you are having trouble, you could always check the instruction manual.
Once you get the safe into the room (and specifically the area of the room) where you want it at, you can then lift it up with the help of other people into the position where you want it at, and then scoot it around until you get the positioning just right.
The biggest factor to play in to your decision will be your vehicle. If you have a sedan, I’d suggest you get it delivered. You don’t want to be that guy in the parking lot trying to cram a giant box into a tiny trunk. If you have a truck, like the Ford F-150, you should have more than enough space and hauling capacity to get the job done.
Having The Safe Delivered
Transporting your safe to where you want it will always be much easier if you can enlist the aid of professionals to deliver it for you. After all, professionals do this kind of thing for a living and they have the specialized equipment to make it easier. They also know how to get safe into your home completely undamaged, and will take all of the proper precautions. Furthermore, professional gun safe movers should also have the necessary insurance in the event that anybody becomes injured or if the house does become damaged in any way.
The major downside to having the safe delivered, of course, is that it costs money and time. The whole reason you’re buying a safe to begin with on Black Friday is because it’s less money, right? If you pay to have it delivered and moved over to your desired spot, the money that you would have otherwise saved would likely need to be spent on getting the safe delivered.
Do you want to save money and move the safe into your home yourself with the aid of other people, or do you want to spend the extra money to have it professionally delivered for you? That’s the question that you will need to answer for yourself when you buy your new gun safe this Black Friday.