Whether you spend most of your time at home or out of town, safeguarding your possessions is always a priority. From precious family heirlooms, sentimental home valuables, or even your firearm collection, nothing can keep your valuables protected quite like a home safe or a gun safe. However, as helpful and protective gun safes and home safes are, buying a safe isn’t always an easy process, especially when you consider what impacts the cost of a safe.
If you’re ready to invest in the security of your home but want to learn more about what determines the cost of a home safe or gun safe, Spartan Safe is here to help! We want the safe buying process to be less complex from start to finish - so we’re taking a closer look at what factors impact the price of a safe and how these different factors determine which home safe or gun safe is right for you.
What Affects the Cost of Home Safes and Gun Safes?
In most instances, buying a safe is a lot easier said than done. But, have you ever considered which factors affect a safe’s price point? While some are incredibly straightforward, others aren’t as obvious as you might think! Before you invest in a home safe or gun safe, it’s essential to think about the following factors:
- Safe Use
- Safe Size
- Domestic vs. Import
- Installation and Delivery
- Warranty and Maintenance
While all of these factors play an equally important role in the cost of a home safe or gun safe, some of these might matter more than others regarding your personal preferences. To help make this choice less complex, we’re taking a closer look at all seven factors and how they impact the overall cost of a safe.
How the Safe is Used
Before buying a safe, it’s essential to think about how you plan on using your safe. Knowing what you want to store inside and where you plan on installing it will determine what kind of safe is ideal for your belongings.
If you plan on storing a few irreplaceable items like jewelry, documents, or family valuables and want your location to be very discreet, a small to medium-sized home safe is probably the ideal choice for your needs. Just keep in mind that the more you’d like to store inside, the more the price is subject to change. Suppose you plan on storing multiple belongings like antique firearms in addition to family valuables. In that case, you’ll need to consider a larger model (not specifically a home safe) in a more spacious location.
However, if your priority is finding a long-term solution for your firearms, you can search through many different types of gun safes that are ideal for your needs. Based on how many rifles you’d like to store in your safe, you can select either a smaller or larger model that fits your needs. With most home safes or gun safes, you can find models that store a wide variety of items. It all comes down to personal preference and specific needs.
Taking the time to think about how you plan to use your safe can impact the overall price point, so it’s good to review all your options before buying.
The Size of the Gun or Home Safe
Everyone has different storage needs when it comes to protecting their possessions, so determining which safe size is right for you will impact the overall cost of your safe.
If you’re interested in securing your rifles and expanding firearm collection, you can usually determine which safe size is right for you based on how many long guns you plan to store inside your safe. However, it’s important to remember that most safe companies base their capacity on bare rifles and minimum shelving. If you plan on storing other valuables with your firearms, the listed gun capacity might not provide enough additional storage space. Having a safe with more accessibility and space typically means buying a safe with a greater storage capacity.
Besides the safe’s interior, its external dimensions also play a significant role in the overall cost. One of the biggest challenges, and eventual regrets, we hear from customers is that they invested in a safe that isn’t large enough to store all their belongings, so they eventually have to reinvest in another safe. Since one large safe costs less than two smaller safes (in most cases), it’s much more cost-effective and convenient to buy a larger safe than you may currently need.
When it comes to buying a safe, its size plays an essential role in which model is right for you. If you plan on expanding your gun collection or think you’ll end up investing in more home valuables down the road, investing in a larger safe makes more economic sense in the long run.
Features of A Safe
When buying a safe, it’s essential to consider which safe features matter most before you purchase. Every safe is unique; however, several different features help preserve the integrity of your safe and the contents inside.
You don’t want to overlook certain features, like its fire rating, overall security, materials used, and lock features. At Spartan Safe, we believe that one of the most critical safety features is a safe’s fire rating, which determines how durable your safe is against fire exposure. A safe that lasts two hours against a house fire will cost more than a safe that lasts thirty minutes; however, having that additional peace of mind is an investment most people want to make. If you’re unsure what fire protection is right for you, find a model with a middle-ground fire rating, and consider other safety features that benefit you and your possessions.
Besides the fire ratings, the overall security of your home safe or gun safe affects its total cost. For example, the gauges of steel, locking system, locking bars, and lock type all impact how well your safe can keep contents in and intruders or children out. A safe with a lower steel gauge (thicker steel) and an increased number of locking bars will have additional security and a slightly higher price point.
The Safe’s Accessories
Like most items in your home, a home safe or gun safe can have accessories, ranging from organizational add-ons to LED lighting. A safe’s accessories truly impact how you experience and organize your safe by giving you the ability to customize it to suit your needs.
However, plenty of safes include various accessories in their factory design, depending on the type of model you choose. If you invest in a less expensive model, safe accessories are something you’ll have to factor into your overall budget rather than include them in the initial investment. Deciding to customize your safe with accessories of your choice, or buy a factory model that provides everything you need, is up to your personal preference.
A Domestic or Imported Safe
One of the most significant factors that affect the cost of a safe is where it’s manufactured. When it comes down to pricing, imported safes are significantly more affordable than those made in the USA. Even if they’re relatively similar in size and features, a domestic safe is typically more expensive because of material and labor costs.
However, most safes made in the USA have higher quality standards compared to their imported counterparts, so it’s a good idea to review all your options before buying a safe. Investing in a safe is a long-term commitment, so you want to make sure your safe is designed with the best quality materials, no matter where it’s made.
Home Safe Installation and Delivery
Even once you’ve narrowed down a suitable safe model for your home, there’s something else you’ll have to consider when it comes to buying a safe - delivery and installation!
While buying a safe is a hefty investment, safe delivery and installation also play a significant role in the buying process! Even though plenty of safe retailers offer pickup options to customers, installing a safe yourself can be incredibly difficult. Not all cars or trucks are capable of hauling a heavy safe, so instead of handling installation and delivery on your own, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
As a rule of thumb, the more you ask from your safe installers, the more you’re likely to pay for their services. Having a safe delivered outside your front door is one thing, but installing it on the second story is another. Keep in mind that safe installation can be complex, so installing your safe on the first floor will be more affordable and less complicated.
You can also ask for risers that help circulate airflow underneath your safe (preventing rust or moisture issues) and/or have your safe bolted to the floor for extra protection. While these additional options can help with security and moisture issues, they do come at an additional cost.
Having professionals deliver your safe is probably the most cost-effective and hassle-free investment when buying a safe. Just be sure to ask about the safe installation and delivery costs, so there are no surprises at checkout.
Home Safe Warranties and Maintenance
Even though most safe manufacturers offer warranties on safes in the event of theft or fire damage, this coverage doesn’t do much for general functional or mechanical issues. If you want to keep your safe in top functioning condition throughout its lifetime, there are two choices you can opt into an extended warranty (on things not covered under theft and fire) or a maintenance contract.
Most reputable manufacturers will offer a 3-5 year parts and labor warranty on locks, locking mechanisms, paint, and other possible manufacturer defects. But at Spartan, we also offer a variety of extended warranty and maintenance plans designed to keep the components of your safe in excellent condition throughout its lifetime.
While extended warranties are generally designed to cover things like lock failure, maintenance plans are designed to prevent these failures from happening and keep your safe functioning like new., Both of these services involve additional costs, so consider which one benefits you and your safe in the long term so you can enjoy peace of mind for years to come.
Find the Best Gun or Home Safe with Spartan Safe
The cost of a safe depends on many different factors, making it difficult to decide which ones are more applicable to your safety needs. If you’re ready to invest in a home safe or gun safe that can go the distance but want to consider all your financial options, it’s time to get in touch with your local Spartan Safe Showroom. At Spartan Safe, we understand that investing in a safe is a big financial commitment. That’s why our team of professionals can help you determine which features, dimensions, accessories, and details are ideal for your safety and security requirements.
Ready to shop for your perfect gun safe or home safe? Use our store locator to find your local Spartan Safe location! If you have any questions before you start shopping, contact our team to learn more about our incredible products.