A home safe is a smart and simple way to secure your most valuable possessions. Not only do they ensure the safety of your items but give you peace of mind when you’re at work or on holidays.
Whether you’re storing sentimental jewellery, important documents, or cash, there is a wide range of safes that will give you the ultimate protection. However, when selecting a home safe, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions.
What do I want to store in my home safe?
This is a good starting point as it will allow you to work out the size of the home safe you’ll need. There is no point buying a safe that’s too small for all your most valuable items.
Where will I install it?
Once you know how big the safe is, you’ll need to find the best place to install it. The safe needs to be anchored to a brick wall or to a concrete floor. Consider how often you’ll use it, as you’ll need to bend over if it’s installed on the floor. It can also be hidden under the floor or installed in the garage.
Will it be digital, combination or key?
There are advantages and disadvantages to all three types of home safes.
- Combination safes are the most reliable option. They work in all conditions and you never have to change a battery. Although they’re not typically user-friendly and they take longer to open
- Key safes are another reliable choice however, they require a key
- A digital home safe doesn’t need a key, they’re user-friendly, and each user can have their own combination that can be easily changed. However, they cannot be installed in a wet area, can be difficult for the elderly and vision impaired, and the batteries needs to be change when they go flat.
Do you have a budget?
Your budget may restrict your purchase, however, it‘s usually advised to purchase a safe that best suits your situation, not your budget. Remember, it’s housing all your most valuable possessions.
Is the home safe fire-resistant?
A fire-resistant home safe can provide some protection if your home is damaged in a house fire, however the level of resistance is dependent on the safe you choose. A Yale fire-resistant safe for example, is built to withstand intense heat and humidity with an additional insulation layer providing 1-hour of fire protection.
If you’re storing paperwork such as old photographs, important documents or birth certificates in the safe, a fire-resistant safe is recommended.
With any home safe, ensure that it is suitable for your needs. Amalgamated Locksmiths stock a wide range of safes such as Locktech, Yale, CMI, Platinum, and QNN. They also sell reconditioned safes to suit your needs.
Remember to always ask questions so you know exactly what you’re purchasing.
We are conveniently located in Collingwood, servicing surrounding areas, and can provide valuable advice on your home safe to ensure you select the right safe for you, with confidence.