Do you have a storage unit where you store your extra belongings that you don’t use or are willing to sell? While this is an excellent solution when you have too much stuff, there are some things that are not allowed in a storage unit. These things typically pose a hazard to the storage unit building or the health of its employees.
To ensure smart and safe storing your items, see below a breakdown of items not commonly permitted into a storage unit:
- Hazardous & Explosive Materials: Items that are combustible, inflammable, toxic or radioactive are not permitted for obvious reasons. Reasons that these items are frowned upon is that they could cause a fire or serious chemical damage. That is a risk that the storage units do not want to take. If you currently have any of these items stored in your unit make sure to properly dispose of the items from your unit.
- Tires: If you are storing a car, many storage units will only allow the four tires for the car allowed to be stored with the car inside of the unit. Make sure to talk to your particular storage unit to see what they allow in regards to tires.
- Perishables: Although some storage units are air conditioned and are inside units, it is not smart to store perishable food items in a storage unit. Items such as bread and fruit will not last and will attract bugs and/or rodents.
- Illegal Items: While storing illegal items in a storage unit may seem harmless, you typically sign a contract stating that you will not have any illegal items stored in your unit. Such items could include illegal weapons, drugs, stolen goods, etc.
- Plants: Artificial plants can be stored in a unit, but live plants that need sunlight and water to survive should not be stored in a storage unit. Even for temporary storage, plants can attract bugs and insects that can spread throughout the remaining storage units and should be avoided at all costs.
- Personal Documents or Expensive Jewelry: Although they may be allowed in a storage unit, personal documents and expensive jewelry should be kept in a safe inside of your home. Some storage units have additional security and safety deposit boxes, but it is recommended to keep these items close to you for easy access and safety.
Taking this information about what is allowed and what you shouldn’t leave in your storage unit will make owning a storage unit easy and safe. Storage units are an efficient way to keep all your belongings together and out of your everyday home but safety is also key!