When it comes to safekeeping material possessions, there is still an ongoing debate on whether it is best to store these valuables in a high-end safety deposit box (a.k.a. bank safe) or to keep them close, handy, and likewise secured in a residential safe (a.k.a. home safes). The answer, though, all boils down to the individual’s safety and security needs — the things that will be placed inside the safe, and the purpose of keeping them there (e.g., fire and theft protection for important documents).
Many homeowners, however, have begun taking an interest in home safes considering they are more easily accessible compared to safety deposit boxes that are only available during bank operating hours. In addition, home safes are far more inexpensive than the off-site counterpart, but can also provide sturdy protection against fire, theft, natural disasters, and what have you.
Planning to get one soon? Consider the 3 B’s of choosing the right home safe for you.
The primary questions to ask yourself before deciding which safe to buy should be related to the reasons why you actually need a safe in the first place. What things am I going to put inside? Why keep these things in a safe when they can be stored elsewhere? What level of protection do I need for these chosen items?
No one safe is made for all kinds of belongings. A media safe, for example, is made specifically to store sensitive media or magnetic files. A gun safe, on the other hand, is meant to store guns and other firearms. Still, there are many other types you can choose from, depending on what kind of items (e.g. cash, documents) you wish to secure.
The safe’s build, or its specifications, is a combination of its type and the level of protection it can provide. The best safes offer a wide selection of products in terms of security specifications, ranging from fireproof safes to burglar-proof safes to a combination of these safes for utmost fire and theft protection.
Other specification questions that you might be asked by the dealer include “Portable or permanently installed (bolted)?” and “Combination lock or keyed lock?” Again, this depends on your safety and security needs, although combination lock is preferable over keyed lock because keys can get lost or stolen.
Last but definitely not the least, another important factor you’d have to consider when purchasing a safe is its cost. Yes, residential safes are more affordable than safety deposit boxes but this does not mean they’re not pricey. Then again, it could well be worth the investment.
In the long run, investing your hard earned money in a home safe to secure important belongings and cash could prove to be a wise decision.
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