What not to put in self storage

While self storage facilities extend a lot of flexibility to their customers regarding what they can store in their units, there are a lot of things that are prohibited for the sake of legality, and health and safety. If you have never rented with a storage facility before, you might not be aware of these limitations. While each storage service differs in their policies, there are some items that are typically excluded from all self storage centres such as those which are hazardous, illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, and perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person.

1. Combustible, explosive or toxic materials
For very obvious reasons concerning health and safety, you cannot keep anything that might be dangerous to your storage unit or others in the vicinity, or the building in general. These items include gasoline, propane tanks, oxygen tanks, kerosene, motor oil, corrosive acids, fertilizer, paint, toxic/biological waste, fireworks, ammunition etc.

2. Perishable food
While food is not going to burn the unit down, it will attract a lot of rodents and pests, which might, in turn, damage other items. Although most storage firms try their best to maintain a pest free environment, they can only do so much to keep an infestation in check. Some food items will emit a foul odour as they spoil which might become absorbed by other items such as clothing.

3. Vehicles and tires
While you can keep a vehicle in storage, you will have to provide a registration record, proof of insurance and ensure that the vehicle is in good working condition. However, some facilities may not allow the storage of used and outdated vehicles unless they are vintage and are of some considerable value. There is always a risk (to the company) in storing a non-functioning vehicle as the customer may abandon it in the storage unit and the company may be left to deal with its disposal. For the same reason, storage facilities may also discourage the storing of tyres and other large items of limited value.

4. Running appliances
Of course, you can put your toaster, refrigerator, freezer, generator, heater in storage but they must be disconnected, as should all other electronics that run on batteries or other kinds of energy. Leaving them on could invite a potential disaster that both you and the storage facility would like to avoid.

5. Animals and pets
This is obviously a matter of common sense, but it needs reiteration. Thinking about storing your garden plants and pet animals in storage is a bad idea, even if you supply them with nutrition and air.

There might be a few other items that some storage firms might add to the list so if you are unclear about whether you can store a certain item, it would be a good idea to ask the manager before you put it in the storage unit.

Ella Andrews
Ella Andrews is passionate blogger and professional writer with great flair for home maintenance and self storage projects. She’s been writing about similar topics for a long time, but is also constantly searching for new sources of inspiration. For more information see: www.hiremanandvan.org

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