Self-storage is about convenience and freeing up space. These items are not permitted in self-storage units, no matter how convenient. We won’t get into the shady stuff people keep in storage units. But we will tell you what common items you shouldn’t store in storage.
1. Living Things
Living things are not allowed to store in storage units. This means that animals, people, and plants cannot be stored in these units. This should be obvious, shouldn’t it? Fresh air and sunlight are essential for living organisms. Living organisms cannot survive in the dark, small spaces of storage units.
Perishable and food items have a shelf-life and should not be stored in a storage facility. Pests love edible items and can cause problems in your storage unit as well as neighboring units. Perishable items can also be rotten or mold.
3. Strong scents
Strongly scented items can be attracted to pests. You should keep scented items out of storage units. To prevent infestations, take care of your storage unit and keep it clean.
4. Cash or currency
We recommend specialist storage for items like these, such as a safe deposit container. These items can be stored at home or in a designated place.
Although our storage units are secure and safe, we recommend that you store these items somewhere more secure.
We hope you found this blog helpful in understanding what you should and shouldn’t store inside a self-storage unit. These guidelines were created to ensure that all customers using the stores are happy, safe, and satisfied with their storage. If you don’t see something on the list or have questions about something, ask staff in-store.
5. Non-operational Vehicles
A vehicle can be stored in your storage unit for free, provided it is registered, insured, and fully functional. If you are interested in fixing up your dad’s old coupe, you will need to find somewhere to store it.
6. Radioactive Equipment
Pharmacists may find it helpful to store samples and supplies in storage containers. This will allow them to be more organized and less cluttered up their offices. While most pharmaceutical equipment can be stored, radioactive items cannot legally be kept in your unit.
7. Hazardous Materials
Anything that is corrosive or flammable, toxic, explosive, or dangerous should be kept out of a storage area. This includes household items like paint, weed killers, and paint. It also includes corrosives, fireworks, and biological waste. These items need to be kept in specific conditions with adequate ventilation.
8. Ammunition & Firearms
You may be allowed to store ammunition and firearms in your storage unit. Check the fine print in your contract. You should strongly consider having ammunition and firearms stored at a local shooting range or gun shop if allowed.
If electronics, such as TVs, are kept in storage units for long periods of time, they can be damaged. Electronics are not able to withstand extreme temperatures. Storage units can be hot and cold in summer and winter. You should remove all batteries from electronics that are stored in a storage unit before you store them. Also, make sure to protect the equipment from humidity. If you are looking for a place to store electronics, climate-controlled storage units can be a great option. They maintain a constant temperature at all times and keep it dry.
10. Illegal items
This may seem like an obvious list of goods you should not keep in your storage. But it is important to mention. You should not have any stolen goods.
11. Chemicals, radioactive substances, and biological agents
Only a few sites are allowed to legally store radioactive material. We’re not one of those. Other chemicals and hazardous materials, which pose a danger to the safety of the site, are also inherently dangerous.
12. Wet items
Items that are likely to get wet, such as kayaks, surfboards, and scuba gear can be stored, but they will need to dry out before you close the door. Because wet items can grow mold and mildew in closed spaces that are dark and closed off, such as your storage unit. This will not only make it difficult to find your items later but can also cause damage to your possessions. It’s important to dry all your belongings before you put them in storage.
Ask your storage provider who provide cheap storage units if you are unsure if you can store the item. It is always better to be prepared so you don’t have to scramble later.