How To Buy A Safe

Safe Buying Tips:

Purchasing a new safe is purchasing peace of mind. But, if the safe you get doesn't match your expectations, it can be just another nightmare. Make sure to research your needs carefully before you buy to ensure confidence in your choice. The following tips will help:

  1. Try to get a safe that has the most security features for your money. The most important of these is the rating, either burglary or fire or both. What type of protection you buy is up you. Most people buy burglary-rated safes because usually burglary is the biggest risk. First match your security needs.

  2. Buy a safe which fits your physical needs now while leaving room for growth in the future. We recommend that you buy a safe at least 25% larger than what you require right now. Should the quantity or size of your valuables change in the future, you have already invested in a safe to secure them. An investment in a safe is a big decision and something that you likely will only have to do once. By investing in a safe to fit just what you require right now, you will have no room for anything else should your type, size, or quantity of valuables change in the future. A slightly larger safe than your immediate requirements is much more affordable than having to purchase a second safe in the future due to a growing or changing collection. It is important to keep in mind that a 25% larger safe generally costs pennies on the dollar compared to having to purchase a second safe down the road. To help get the best idea of what you may be securing in your safe, here are the ten most commonly secured items:

    • Cash
    • Jewelry
    • Investment metals – Gold and Silver
    • Photography equipment
    • Coin collections
    • Stamp collections
    • Antiques, collectibles, heirlooms
    • Trust deeds, Wills
    • Firearms & ammunition (Putting these items in a safe keeps them away from children too.)
    • Tax papers (If you protect your tax papers in a rated safe, it may be tax deductible—check with your accountant.)
  3. Choose a safe that has an interior that best suits your needs. Some of the options available are:

    • Multiple compartments
    • Filing drawers
    • Shelves, either metal or carpeted
    • Custom racks (ex. For guns)
    • Adjustability (Make sure any or all of the above are able to be moved to accommodate new items.)
  4. Choose a safe that has the right accessibility. Floor safes are better in fires, but tend to be used less because of uncomfortable access. Wall safes are easily hidden, but are more fire prone. From experience, most home customers go with a chest in a closet that is bolted to the floor. Make sure to get a safe that you can easily use and has the best protection. Check with your manufacturer for options that will suit your needs best.

Posted in Safes on Jun 10, 2019