Buying a safe requires some planning and understanding of your needs. If you are looking to buy a safe, you must have a specific reason. Whether you want to keep your guns safe, your jewelry safe, or your documents protected, there are some things to consider before buying a safe. Ask yourself the following questions to help you determine what type of safe you will need.
What will you be storing and protecting?
To start answering this question, look at what is irreplaceable. Things like birth certificates, deeds, insurance policies, testaments, priceless jewelry, guns, flash discs or other computer backup devices, etc. are what you will most likely be protecting.
What type of gun safe do you need?
You get different types of safes: wall safes, floor safes, and weapons safes. Your decision will be based on the items you want to protect, space, budget, and the number of things you want to protect. Wall safes cannot carry a lot of weight and are only good for papers and some light jewelry items. Not all safes have the capacity to store weapons, but weapon safes have enough space to store other items.
How much protection will you need against fire and water damage?
Fire and water are two of the main things that cause damage and loss of valuables apart from burglary. Take into consideration factors like the proximity of the fire department, the likelihood of fire breaking out near your safe, the likelihood of extreme weather patterns or floods, etc. These factors will help you know what type of security features your safe needs.
What is your budget for a gun safe?
Budget is always an important factor. Most gun safes will cost you a bit of money, but see it as an investment. If you buy a good quality safe with good security features, you can use it for years to come and your valuables will be safe. Rather spend more on protecting your guns and other valuables than pay triple that to replace things or experience the pain of losing things that are irreplaceable.
Based on the answers to these questions, you are ready to go and get your safe. Remember to take measurements for where you plan to put the safe. This will help save time and help you plan.