Safe Buying Information

Whether you are shopping for a new or used safe there are four main considerations to keep in mind.

  1. The amount of room that you can allocate in your home or office.
  2. The degree of protection that you desire.
  3. The decision to go with a safe that is Fire rated, Burglary rated, or both.
  4. The amount of money you are willing to spend.
make sure your safe matches your needs

The amount of room that you have in many cases may dictate the size and protection level that you can achieve. If the area is a closet or small utility space your only options may be a small Fire safe with no Burglary rating or a B-rated Burglary safe without any Fire protection. In many instances both options are not available.

The degree of protection that you need should be based upon your expected use of the safe. Will you be storing primarily cash or jewelry? Will you be protecting important papers? Storing insurance papers, wills, deeds, or any other papers will almost always require a minimum of one hour of fire protection. On the other hand valuables like jewelry or coin collections will require a Burglary rating. The best way to be sure is to check with your insurance agent. Many companies offer a discount for a home safe.

Keep in mind that safes are not cheap! In most cases a cheap fire safe is simply a bad investment. They offer no Burglary protection whatsoever. These safes can be found at most Discount and office supply stores. The chances are if you can carry it home, your 14 year old neighbor can carry it away! A small UL rated safe will start at about three-hundred dollars and go up from there. Most safe companies will be happy to explain your different options and help you find what you need.

Buying a safe is a lifetime investment. We service safes that are one hundred years old on a regular basis. Most common retail stores are using units that are twenty years or older. The money that you spend can provide a lifetime of peace of mind.

Don't under estimate the amount of space that you need. Most first time safe buyer don't realize the number of valuables they will protect. As your life progresses so to do the things that you accumulate. Jewelry, firearms, rare or unusual coins, even your spare eyeglasses are things that you will use your new safe to protect. A good rule of thumb is to at least double the amount of space you think you'll need.

SafeServices stands ready to answer any questions you may have regardless of where you purchase your safe. The benefits of mechanical or electronic locks dialing directions, and safe moving and installation questions are all answered for everyone.