While self storage is the best way to get unnecessary items out of your house or garage, there are some things that are unwelcome. When considering what not to store in storage units, you have to think about hazardous materials and items that just aren’t safe to have in a public place. As you plan what to store, you should think about other people around the unit and also consider that it’s a public place. You may not want certain valuables to be left unattended even when a storage unit has security. These are some limitations and unacceptable items for storage units.
There are some items that you simply can’t put in a storage unit because of the extreme conditions. With smoldering or freezing temperatures and enclosed spaces, you just don’t want to store some combustible, flammable, hazardous or toxic items. These may include gasoline, compressed gas, kerosene, lamp and motor oil, grease, acid, corrosives, fertilizer, paint, cleaners, chemicals, narcotics cleaners, propane tanks, biological waste, toxic waste, asbestos or products containing asbestos.
Tires and Vehicles
While you may be able to get away with storing one or two extra vehicles in a storage unit, you won’t typically be able to store vehicles that aren’t registered, insured and operational. Most storage companies also do not allow you to store more than four tires in a self storage unit because it’s costly to dispose of them if you decide to leave your items after non-payment.
Medical Supplies and Equipment
For sales representatives that have a lot of medical supplies and equipment to sell, a self storage unit seems like a convenient concept. However, radioactive equipment, hazardous chemicals and other agents may not be accepted at storage facilities.
Most types of construction equipment is welcome to be stored at larger storage facilities. However some equipment just typically won’t fit in the space provided. There are also some surveying equipment that is not allowed for storage units, such as groundwater or geophysical instruments that investigate underground water supplies.
Most food items cannot be stored in storage facilities whether they are climate controlled or not. Canned foods are typically allowed in climate controlled storage units, but you won’t be able to store meats, dairy products, cereals, produce or other types of perishables. In addition, you don’t really want to store these types of perishables because it attracts all types of pests.
Like food, you shouldn’t store animal food as it will perish and possibly attract pests to your storage unit. This includes bagged pet food, treats, raw hide and other items that can easily spoil in extreme weather conditions.
There are some obvious things that you should never put into a storage unit including living plants or animals. You also cannot store any stolen items. You cannot plug in any items to be able to store others. For example, you wouldn’t be able to plug in a freezer to store meat. You also can’t store generators, space heaters or live in a storage unit.
While there are a ton of restrictions on what you can’t store in a storage unit, this is mostly for your protection and the protection of your valuables. You definitely don’t want something happening to you or your storage unit neighbor’s items because you weren’t careful.