What Not To Store In A Storage Unit

Storage units are the best place to store extra items that you might not have room for in your apartment or home. Different storage facilities have different items on their prohibited list, so make sure to read the list of items allowed for storage before you store your belongings

Hazardous Items

Don’t store toxic, hazardous, combustible, or flammable items, including batteries, paint, motor oil, and fireworks. These items could catch on fire, possibly resulting in you and others who use the storage facility losing possessions.storage tiHHW Shelf

Personal Items

Storing file cabinets with miscellaneous papers and personal files might seem like a great idea to get these bulky items out of your house, but think again. The storage facility could catch on fire due to other tenants’ activities or possessions, and you could lose your valuable files and papers. Additionally, the worst-case scenario would be if your storage unit was broken into. As regrettable as this would be, most storage facilities, such as Great Value Storage, have security cameras installed and would protect against crime. But you still might not be able to recover your important files.

Perishable Food

A storage unit might be considered a good second pantry for dry or bulky foods, but you may want to think again about gaining more space in your house this way. Perishable items such as rice, grains, and pet food can attract unwanted insects and rodents. If left in a storage unit susceptible to heat and moisture, dry food, rawhide, or other dog items that can perish and spoil over time could grow mold or bacteria. Scented soaps and candles could also attract unwanted animals into your storage unit.


Large Equipment

Storing large items in a storage unit is great to de-clutter your home, but some specific should not be stored because of their dangerous nature. Do not store medical equipment that might leak or emit radioactivity. Storing generators and space heaters is not permitted in most storage facilities because of their flammability. Some storage facilities might not let you store heavy equipment and tires. If you vacate the storage unit early without cleaning up or paying rent, then the storage facility would have to pay to remove the heavy or dangerous items.

No-Brainers…(but we still have to say them)!

It may seem like a no-brainer not to live in your storage unit, yet there have been some instances when people decided to take up residence in their storage unit. If an individual is found living in a storage facility, the owners and managers have the right to call the police.  Do not store living or dead animals or plants in your unit. Anything illegal or stolen should not be stored in a storage unit. Vehicles should not be stored in storage units belonging to your friends or family, and unregistered vehicles should never be kept in a storage unit.


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