A Checklist for Buying a Safe!

Purchasing a safe is not as straightforward as it may appear. This is due to the proliferation of different types of safes on the market, each with its own set of benefits and flaws. Finding the right safe for your needs might be difficult, but the process should be a lot easier with this checklist.

Items to store

When shopping for a residential safe or a business safe, determine your storage requirements first. What do you intend to store in your new safe—money, jewelry, documents, or firearms? While there are safes for every kind of valuables, the safe’s fire rating, locking system, and precise design will largely depend on the type of item you want to lock away.

Size of the safe

Measure the biggest items to be put in the safe. Remember that safes have thick walls, so the internal space may be less than you expect. Keep an eye out for safes with fixed shelves, as they will cap the amount of space available inside. Opt for a safe with adjustable/removable shelves. Finally, get a safe that is larger than you think you need to maximize your storage possibilities.

Location of the safe

A safe is usually kept in a hidden location, such as in a closet or under the stairs. Make sure you have a solid foundation for your safe, a cement floor being the most ideal. To ensure your new safe will fit, get exterior dimensions and make an allowance for the lock and handle. Be sure you know which way the door swings and how high it is off the ground so you can calculate whether you have sufficient clearance.

Safe lock type

The classic dial combination lock is ideal for a commercial safe or home safe used primarily by one person because it is easy to open as long as you know the code. But if the safe will be utilized in multi-person households or a commercial setting, then a digital keypad lock is nearly always the best option as it will make it easier to access and share with others.

Price of the safe

The price you will invest in a safe is determined by how valuable your belongings are. The more durable the safe, the more money you will spend. Basic safes cost the least, but they lack the extra features to protect your items from theft, flood, fire, or other disasters. Safes that are made of solid steel and feature multiple locking systems are usually the most expensive.


Inquire about the safe and lock warranties offered by the manufacturers. A safe lock, especially a digital lock, will have a shorter warranty than the safe box itself. The lock will typically carry a 1 to 2 year warranty, while the safe box would have a 5 to 30-year warranty.


Even a basic safe will weigh several pounds, while larger models can weigh up to 100 pounds. So, when you are out shopping, make sure that the quote includes delivery or that you are prepared to transport your new safe yourself. Do not forget to factor in the shipping costs if you are purchasing online, even if free shipping is an option.

Where to buy the safe

Sherman Oaks Lock & Safe has a large selection of safes to choose from in their store.  The technicians in the store can help you select the right type of safe for your home or office.  They also offer safe installation services and can come to your home or office to install your safe.

Sherman Oaks Lock & Safe provides safe installation Los Angeles and safe repair Los Angeles services. We also offer other safe services, including safe-cracking, combination change, safe lockout, and more. Call us today for all your safe needs.

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