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3 Things to Do If You Inherit a Built-in Safe With Your Home Purchase

Safes have been in production since 1835, and even today, these strongboxes are a prized way to keep valuables protected in home and business settings. It is not uncommon for homes to have safes built right into the walls of a home so the homeowner has a private place to keep their most valued items protected. While investing in an in-home safe is a good idea, don't be surprised if you purchase a house that already has a safe that was installed by a prior owner. While this safe could be a valuable commodity, there are a few things you should do if you inherit an existing home safe when you buy your home.

Educate Yourself About the Safe

Safes come from many different manufacturers and boast a full list of different features. Most specifically, safes usually come with certain ratings so buyers know how well the unit will stand up to certain threats. A few examples of safe ratings include:
  • Burglar Resistant Classification TL-30 - The safe successfully resists entry for 30 minutes with common safecracking tools.
  • U.L. Label Type Class 150 - 4 hours - Stays at an internal temperature less than 150 degrees when exposed to external heat for up to four hours.
  • Burglary Classification TXTL-60 - Combination locked and resists entry for up to 60 minutes with certain tools.
Many safes will have these designations imprinted in the metal on the door or inside the safe's casing. However, if your safe does not, contact a safe expert, as they can look at the model of the safe and give you a better idea of what level of protection the unit has to offer.

Have the Locks Changed

Whether the safe has a combination lock, a basic key lock, or other form of technical lock, it is always a good idea to have the lock on the safe changed if it was not put there by you. Previous owners of the safe could still hold keys or combinations, and so could people who managed to obtain that information while the prior owner resided in the home.
Pretty much all kinds of safe locks can be changed by a safe technician. Combination locks can be reset to operate with a new combination. Keyed locks can be replaced with a new locking mechanism. Even more technologically advanced safes that require things like a pin code or thumbprint for access can be reconfigured for you as the new owner.‚Äč

Consider Relocating the Safe

One of the greatest advantages of safes is they can be integrated into a wall or inconspicuous area so well that no one knows they are there. Unfortunately, if the safe was in the house when you bought it, everyone from the prior residents to their relatives could know exactly where the safe is located in the house, which is not ideal.
No matter what type of safe you have in your home, it can likely be relocated without problems, even if it is a rather large safe. However, this is not a do-it-yourself task. Safes are made out of layered metals, such as iron and steel, and have insulative filler material. This means the safe can be really dense and heavy, even if it is small, so moving it is a challenge best left to professionals.
It is no doubt exciting to find out that your recently purchased home has a safe. But before you put your desirable security feature to use, it is best to ensure it is as secure as possible. Contact us at Bruck Safe Company for help with your inherited home safe.