What Not To Store In Self-Storage Units

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Self-storage units offer a lot benefits to renters and can be an extremely flexible storage solution; however, there are some things that you just shouldn’t put inside one. Here you will find the top items that are generally forbidden and should never be stored, even if they were allowed.

Things To Never Store in Self-Storage Units

Explosives & Toxic Materials
You are not allowed to store items in a self-storage unit that could be potentially dangerous to other storage unit renters or the building itself. Naturally, storing toxic waste, heavy explosives, and ammunition is going to be a bad idea. However, this also includes more commonly purchased items such as gasoline, motor oil, kerosene, corrosive materials, fertilizer, or fireworks.

Perishable Food Items
What happens when food goes bad? It starts to stink and begins looking like hairy little forest creatures. You should never store perishable items in your self-storage unit. This can include produce, meats, and bread. However, canned food items that are still factory sealed shouldn’t give you any trouble.

Running Appliances
Before you get the bright idea to avoid that last no-no by running a refrigerator in your unit, think again. You can store appliances in your self-storage unit but, most facilities are not going to allow you to plug them in. This includes generators, freezers, and space heaters.

Anything That’s Alive
You should never store any living plants in your self-storage unit. The same rule applies to animals. Never keep a live animal in your unit – or a non-living one for that matter. It’s never a good idea, and it’s mostly likely against the rules. Don’t forget this rule also includes you. If you have a climate controlled storage unit and it gets extremely hot outside this summer, refrain from packing your bags and moving in. While self-storage units can be nice and roomy, they don’t make the best bachelor pads.

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  1. TITLE Boxing Club Norwalk

    June 11, 2013

    Always good to be reminded of what not to put in a storage unit cause sometimes I think people have no clue

  2. Safer Smoke Supply

    June 11, 2013

    Haha, great tips! I can only imagine how many people do actually try to store things like that in their storage units.

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