But if you want to safeguard hard-to-replace items such as family photos, birth certificates, passports, and tax records while keeping them close at hand, a safe could be a relatively inexpensive solution.
Larger safes cost more, and accessories like drawers and shelves can add to the bill.
Where to buy one You can find home safes at such retailers as Home Depot, Lowe's, and Sears, as well as online at Amazon.com, among other sites.
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Other safes can be concealed in a wall or anchored in a concrete floor.
Water resistance Protection against water tends to be an added feature of home safes that are also fire- or theft-resistant.
Where to put it The best place for your safe will depend on the design of your house, but there are some trade-offs worth considering.
The master bedroom tends to be the first stop for burglars, according to Mc Goey, so it might not be the ideal site for the safe.
What they cost For about and up you can buy a fire chest, smaller than a safe but still large enough to hold a stack of documents.
Safes in the range of 1.2 to 1.3 cubic feet cost about 0 to 0.
What else to keep in it The table below lists some important documents you might want to keep in a safe.