A buddy of mine has a nice 600 lb safe and he's moving from a house to a second floor apartment (some 45 miles away).
A local gunshop quoted him $250 just to bring the safe from the apartment's parking lot to the second floor. That seems rather expensive, isn't it ?
Has anybody been through that?
Any idea who might be able to do the job (for less) ?
We rented an appliance dolly ($15 for 3 hrs) and drove it from the shop to the house in a f150. If your friend has an elevator you should be able to do the same. I suggest using more than 2 people to move it, my arms/shoulder felt pretty bad the next day.
We were able to move the safe, in and out of an f150 (with just the dolly and some 2x4's to act as a fulcrum). I think the stairs might not be too bad (of course, its easy for me to say this when I'm not doing the grunt work)
Are the stairs 'deep enough' so you could use the dolly and be able to rest the dolly on each step (stand the safe up). Otherwise, go down to your local college, and put up an add for temp work. Get 3 guys for 10/hr and you're still saving mucho dinero.
I've never had to move one upstairs, but I own an appliance handtruck and it has worked well for moving several safes. Going up or down the steps has not been a problem, if you have one guy or two guys pushing up on the bottom of the handtruck and one guy on each handle above. Since you can balance the weight, you can even take breaks on the way up.
Make sure your buddy checks to ensure that the load can be handled by the floor! 600 pounds in a small floor area is quite a load, as some apartments can't even handle a waterbed.
I'm sure you can hire help at the local Home Depot or Lowe's parking lots.
I had to help move one up steps ONCE.
the next time we talked to a rental place & got the rig they use to load bundles of shingles to a roof. Much easier!!! Had to take down & put back up the rail, but what a backsaver!!!
Moveing my 52 inch big screen is no fun either, learned to pull the projection unit out & cut the weight in half that way.