Items You Should Not Put In A Self-Storage Unit

Items You Should Not Put In A Self-Storage Unit

Published at 14 July, 2022 - 11:19 am by

Sometimes it’s surprising to know that people think they can put anything in a self-storage unit. In truth, legally, certain items cannot be put into a self-storage unit, and some are prohibited depending on the company’s policies. To make you aware, here is a list of common goods and things you should never put in a self-storage unit.

Flammable or Combustible Items
Any item you suspect can catch fire cannot be put into a self-storage facility. This is a standard rule across all self-storage companies. It includes goods such as propane, oil, grease, cleaners, paint, and any other types of chemicals. Fireworks and explosives also fall into this category. Failing to follow these guidelines will hold you responsible if anything explodes inside the unit, causing property damage.

Live Plants
As it should sound obvious, natural plants need sunlight to grow, and they can attract bugs and pests when stored inside in the dark. They ideally need to be outside, which is where they belong. If you cannot take care of a live plant, give them away or plant them elsewhere, as they are not allowed to be stored in a self-storage unit.

Toxic Materials
Any form of toxic materials, including chemicals, that release harmful damage-causing fumes are not allowed to be stored inside a self-storage unit. This includes chlorine, bleach, ammonia, and other solvents like acetone (nail polish remover), paint thinner, kerosene, and turpentine. So even if you feel any good is poisonous or contagious, refrain from storing them in a self-storage facility.

Non-Operating, Unregistered, and Uninsured Vehicles
The only vehicles that can be stored in a self-storage facility are fully registered, insured ones that are in operable condition. This usually includes boats, RVs, trailers, cars, motorcycles, and trucks. The self-storage company will ask you for proof of vehicle registration and a valid driver’s licence before you move a vehicle into the storage unit.

This is a general rule among the self-storage industries: perishable items like food that needs refrigeration and those that are not properly sealed in containers, and even dry pet food in bags cannot be stored in a self-storage. Storing them can attract bugs and rodents, encouraging bacteria and mould problems.

According to some self-storage companies, even canned food is not allowed. Some canned foods may need refrigeration and can explode due to heat exposure. It’s best to ask the company about storing canned food.

People and Animals
While this shouldn’t be surprising, you or your pets can’t live or stay in a self-storage unit. Apart from being uncomfortable, it is illegal, as it clearly compromises the storage facility’s security and presents serious health and safety risks.

While it’s okay to spend more time in the unit organising your belongings, working on artwork, or managing stocks if you’re running a small business, you can’t stay in it overnight.

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