Why a Safe Is One of the Smartest Investments for Your Home
In the market for a safe? If so, then you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by all the options available to you. From different locking mechanisms, sizes to fire ratings and everything in between, it’s sometimes difficult to know what to look for in your ideal safe.
A safe is a very good investment. It’s a durable product with few moving parts. It won’t go out of style or fashion. Everyone has a use for a safe. Once you have a safe, you have a safe for life.
Here are a couple things to consider when making sure you find the best safe for your needs.
Which Kind of Safe is Right for You?
What are your needs? Do you plan on storing valuables, jewelry, documents, heirlooms, firearms, etc.? Safes come in all sizes and most larger models provide shelving flexibility to accommodate your needs. Safes can be a lifetime investment, so consider buying a safe that provides you some growing room through the years.
Where Is the Safe Going to be Placed and Who Will Move it?
Be sure you find your ideal spot for your safe. Measure your space and doorways to make sure the safe you want will fit. If you are considering placing a safe downstairs, you might want to look at a waterproof safe to protect against flooding (natural or plumbing). Once you have had to move one safe, you likely won’t want to do it again. Pre-planning who, what, when, where and how is a huge part of overcoming what can be the most frustrating part of purchasing a safe. Or better yet, find a store that offers in-home delivery and skip the headache!
What are You Protecting Against?
Whether it be theft, fire or water damage; make sure you are buying a safe that will give you all the protection you need.
More locking points equals greater theft protection. If burglary is a major concern, be sure you select a safe with over-sized locking bolts on all sides of the door vs. a steel cabinet or safe with locking points on only two sides.
Most large safes have some level of fire protection, it’s up to you to decide what level gives you the peace of mind you are looking for. While a 30-minute fire rating is generally adequate for most residences, if you live further away from the nearest fire station, you might want to consider a longer fire-rated safe (such as a 60-minute or even 75-minute fire-rated safe).
Water damage ruins more homes in the U.S. than any other natural disaster. Make sure you find a safe brand that provides you the security you need, and stands behind their products with a lifetime or forever warranty.
What Type of Locking Mechanism Do You Feel Comfortable Using
Whether it’s electronic, biometric or a combination dial… The best safes have a manual backup key, so no matter what damage might occur, you will always be able to access the contents of your safe immediately.
Are You Protected?
Every home contains valuables, irreplaceable possessions and documents that need safe keeping. Protecting these valuables in a home safe provides you more convenient accessibility and protection under homeowner’s insurance coverage that you might otherwise be missing with using a safe deposit box.