By Joe Szabo, Scottsdale Real Estate Team
For everyone who has run to the safety deposit box and found the bank closed, a fire safe is a great answer for those of you wanting to protect your valuables, your important documents, backups of your photo devices and hard drives, along with cash and other valuables. In purchasing your safe you might consider the following:
Consider whether you need a fireproof safe for storing documents or storing computer devices. What many don’t realize is that if you plan on storing things such as CDs, DVDs or computer hard drives in your security safe, you need a specialized model. All fireproof safes will work well for storing important documents, such as receipts and tax information, but only specialized safes will protect your important computer equipment during a fire.
Look at the fire rating for each safe you are considering. This rating specifically correlates to the effectiveness of the product. For example, if you’re buying a safe to store computer equipment, you need one with at least a rating of 125. This means that the temperature inside of the safe will never get above 125 degrees.
Consider the area in which you are putting your safe. Fireproof safes can be quite heavy depending on the size, so you want to make sure you’re putting it in a place where the floor won’t collapse under the weight. Also consider that in the event of a fire, you don’t want the safe in a place where things could collapse on it to the point where it becomes impossible to get to after the fire has been put out.
Determine your price range. You could spend $150 on a cheap fireproof safe or easily spend more than $1,000 on a more expensive model. Buying a cheap fireproof safe may save money, but remember that you’ll be storing important documents and equipment that are irreplaceable. Ask yourself if saving money on the safe is worth potentially losing your important paperwork in the event of a fire.
Please note that this Scottsdale Real Estate Blog is for informational purposes and not intended to take the place of a licensed Scottsdale Real Estate Agent. The Szabo Group offers first class real estate services to clients in the Scottsdale Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area in the buying and selling of Luxury homes in Arizona. Award winning Realtors and Re/MAX top producers and best real estate agent for Luxury Homes in Scottsdale, The Szabo group delivers experience, knowledge, dedication and proven results. Contact Joe Szabo at 480.688.2020, info@ScottsdaleRealEstateTeam.com or visit www.scottsdalerealestateteam.com to find out more about Scottsdale Homes for Sale and Estates for Sale in Scottsdale and to search the Scottsdale MLS for Scottsdale Home Listings.
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