If you have excess furniture, papers, books, or even larger items like a boat or seasonal equipment, a self storage unit is an easy and affordable way to keep those items in great shape while not cluttering up your living and work space.
But there are certain items you should never put into your self storage unit. Many self storage facilities have a list of what can and can’t be stored in their rental units, but here are the top ones to get you started:
- Hazardous or toxic chemicals. You may think this is obvious but there are many hazardous materials out there that people don’t realize are dangerous. If you are storing old lamps you need to make sure the kerosene is empty. You should also never store household, yard, or garage items like gasoline, paint thinners, cleaning solvents, motor oil, propane tanks, paint, corrosives, alcohol and fireworks.
- Guns or any other weapons. This isn’t just about illegal firearms. You should never put hunting rifles, knives, bows and arrows or any other dangerous weapon into your self storage unit. Your firearms could accidentally go off or spark an explosion. Also, you cannot take the risk of theft or the weapons falling into the wrong hands. A self storage unit simply isn’t safe and secure enough to handle such dangerous items.
- Radioactive material. If you have any radioactive equipment or medical supplies, you must not place it in your self storage unit. If you’re storing medical equipment for your office or business you should double check that there are no traces of radioactive material before you place it in storage.
- Unregistered vehicles. This includes vehicles of all kinds such as cars, boats, motorbikes, snowmobiles and farm equipment. Anything that needs to be properly registered with the city and/or state should have everything up to date before being put into a self storage unit. You should also make sure the vehicle is fully insured before leaving it in self storage. Any damage that may be done to the property because of the vehicle would need to be covered under the law.
- Perishable items. You can never place anything in the self storage unit that is considered a perishable item such as food, drink, animal litter or food. This can cause a huge mess as it will attract animals, create odors and jeopardize the sanitary conditions of you self storage unit.