How to choose the right home safe

When purchasing a safe for your home, there are some important factors to consider that will aid in choosing the right safe for your home. With so many different types of safes on the market, from fireproof home safes to floor safes for sale, it can be difficult to know which safe will best serve your needs. The following questions, can help make your purchase decision easier:

  • What items do you want to secure in the safe?
  • What do you require the safe protect your valuables from?
  • How much space do you have available for your safe?
  • How often will you need to open your safe?
  • What is your budget for buying a safe?
  • Where will you be installing your safe?

After considering these questions, you will have a fair idea of what you require from a safe, at which point, a professional Locksmith in Sydney will be able to help you choose the right model of home safe for your needs.

What are you going to put in the safe?

Thinking about what kind of items that are to be stored in the safe, will help you to figure out what level of protection you will need and how large the safe will need to be. There are a range of safe security ratings, with higher ratings requiring more time, skill and tools to break into. If you are planning on storing items of a considerably large value, then a safe with a high rating would be required. A professional Locksmith in Sydney will be able to advise on which safe rating will be necessary for the items you wish to secure.

What will the safe protect your valuables from?

People generally require a safe to protect their valuables from theft and fire. If you will be storing papers that won’t be of much value to a burglar, then a fireproof home safe will be suitable. However, it’s important to note that fireproof safes only ‘resist’ fire for a certain amount of time and aren’t completely invulnerable to fire damage. Fireproof home safes have a fire rating that indicates how long the safe will withstand a fire, with high fire rating safes being more expensive.

Whilst fireproof home safes are great for protecting valuables from heat and smoke, they aren’t the best safes to use for protection against burglary. A burglar resistant safe will be much better suited to the task. Although the best option is to purchase a safe that is both burglar and fire resistant, these home safes are generally more expensive, but offer valuable security if your budget allows.

How big will your safe need to be?

What you plan on storing in the safe will determine how big the safe will need to be. However, when deciding on a suitable size, it’s important to consider that the amount of items you wish to store in the safe may increase over time. Therefore, it’s a good idea to consider what size you need now, and then purchase the next size up to cater for your needs into the future.

Also note that the internal dimensions of a safe are often considerably smaller than the external dimensions, so be sure to factor this in when determining which size home safe will best cater for your needs.

How often will you need to open your safe?

How frequently the safe will need to be opened will help to determine the style of safe and even where the safe is installed. If you will be opening the safe regularly, then it’s best to position the safe somewhere that is easily accessible. If you are using the safe to regularly store items such as cash, maybe a dropbox safe could be convenient for you. However, if you’re only planning on accessing the safe once every few months, then placing the safe in a hard-to-access location won’t be an inconvenience and may add to its overall security.

What is your budget?

Buying a safe is a long term investment, with the price determined largely by the type of safe, its rating and physical size. When setting a budget, consider that the safe will need to be installed as well, which will be an additional cost. You may also wish to purchase an extended warranty, though many of safes come with a warranty upon purchase. For example, all of the CMI safes for sale at A.Abbott Locksmiths come with a five year warranty, excluding freight and travel, with a 12 month warranty on locks.

Once you’ve decided on a budget, you can then see which required features align with home safes at your chosen price point. If you find that your budget doesn’t align with the type of safe you need, then you may be able to save some money by purchasing one of our second hand safes online.

Where will the safe be installed?

When deciding on a safe, you must also consider where and how it will be installed. Factors involved include:

  • Will door and hallway dimensions allow adequate access when moving the safe into location?
  • Will the safe need to be carried up flights of stairs? Is it too heavy to carry up stairs?
  • Will the floor tolerate the weight of the safe?
  • How will the safe be installed? Is it a floor or wall safe or is it free standing?
  • Who will install the safe, so that it is securely positioned in place?

At A.Abbott Locksmiths, our team of Locksmiths in Sydney offer professional Safe Relocating services, including safe removal, transportation and installation. You can trust that your safe will be skilfully relocated and reinstalled by highly experienced safe relocation experts.

We also offer an extensive range of new and used safes, with a large range of fireproof home safes, wall safes, free standing safes and floor safes for sale. With a range of leading brands such as Dominator Safes, Guardall and CMI safes for sale, you can trust that your most treasured items will be kept secure in a safe from A.Abbott Locksmiths.

At A.Abbott Locksmiths we have been offering Professional Locksmith Services to customers in Australia for 50 years. You can rely on our knowledge and expertise for quality advice, workmanship, products and parts. We specialise in safe opening and safe relocation and offer a wide range of new safe and second hand safe products for purchase online and in-store. Our expert team provides Locksmith Services in Parramatta, Locksmith Services in Blacktown, and Locksmith Services in Penrith through our Mobile Locksmith Service. We also provide a 24hr emergency locksmith services, to ensure that our customers can reach us in their time of need. For more information on why to choose Abbott Locksmiths for your new safe, please read what customers have said about us in our reviews or contact our friendly Locksmiths in Sydney on 1300 655 787.