Before you start moving your safe, we want to give you a word of advice that every professional safe mover takes to heart; If you ever lose control and the safe starts to fall, get out of the way. Don't be a hero, no property is worth your health.
A lot of the instructions below seem straight forward, but these are details that can give you insight you otherwise might not have had.
Alright. Once you've got everything worked out, you're ready for the move. The instructions below are assuming you're using a heavy duty manual dolly. These are the general instructions you want to follow, but adjust as you need to. Just make safety first.
1) Securely wrap the safe in moving blankets if you have them. This can protect straps from rubbing into the safe, plus protect both the safe and to an extent the stairs, railing and walls.
2) Tip the safe up enough to get the tow plate of the dolly underneath.
3) Take your straps and cinch up them up tight enough that the safe doesn't move from the dolly at all.
4) Tilt the dolly back until you have the weight evenly on the wheels and under control.
5) Wheel the safe to the first step of the stairs. If you're on tile or marble, this should be easy. If you're on carpet, the wheel could sink into the carpet and foam a bit, so just make sure you take it slow and keep control of the weight.
• The ideal set up is this:One person at the top pulling the safe, two people at the bottom pushing the safe. The person up top takes the lead, starting each lift up and controlling where the safe goes and when it stops. The two people on bottom are following his lead, controlling the weight. The leader should communicate a lot, letting the guys below know what's happening and when.
6) Pull the safe up until the wheels rest on the first step. This is your first testing spot to evaluate how much control you have of the safe before you start up the rest of the flight. Be sure that when the wheels rest on the step, it can rest without tilting forward and that any braces on the back of the dolly aren't preventing you from keeping the weight of the safe balanced.
7) If you know you have control of the safe and it will rest safely on each step going up, keep pulling the safe up one step at a time. Don't begin another stair up until you have complete control of the safe.
One last note on safety: Remember that the person or people below the safe are taking the most risk. Communicate. A lot. Let them know what you're doing every step of the way. If the leader up top ever feels like he's losing control, talk things through before things really get out of hand, and if it comes to it, get the crew out of the way and let the safe fall. We would all like to think nothing will happen, but accidents are never planned.