No matter how spacious your home is, you will always need some extra space to accommodate items that you won’t be using on a daily basis. A storage unit can be considered as a spare room where you can put items that you don’t need at the moment, but you might need at some point. When you are about to rent a storage unit, you should be informed about the restrictions on what you can and cannot store. Although you are paying for the storage area, you cannot store whatever you want.
Having in mind safety of the entire storage facility and staff, each company has their own regulations and policies customers should comply with. Storage companies usually clearly specify which items are not permitted for safety reasons. Should you disobey or fail to cooperate, you will be responsible for any potential damage or inconvenience that may occur. If you go through the list of non-allowables, you will realize that some of the items are prohibited for very obvious reasons. Also, keep in mind that the list of non-allowables may vary depending on the local regulations.
So, if you plan on storing your belongings any time soon, we recommend that you stay with us and read on.
List of storage non-allowables
– Animals. No matter how unbelievable this may sound, it should be noted that similar cases already happened, which is why we cannot stress enough how important it is to take good care of your pet even if you don’t want it or can’t keep it any more. Leave your pet with a friend or any other trustworthy person, not in a storage facility!
– Plants. If your new place cannot accommodate your gorgeous plants, you shouldn’t give up on them so easily. Instead of leaving them in the dark storage, you can give them away and let someone else take care of them. Bare in mind that storage units don’t have sufficient ventilation for any being to survive.
– Perishables. Putting perishable items like food into storage area would be reckless and unacceptable. Everybody knows that food attracts insects and rodents, so you are consciously putting the entire storage facility at risk by storing perishables.
– Hazardous and combustible materials can cause serious damage and health issues to the exposed staff, which is why the fo and similar items are strongly prohibited.
- toxic materials
- flammable substances
- cleaning supplies
- medical waste
– Illegal medicine and drugs are prohibited not only in storage area, but also in general.
– Weapons and explosives are under no circumstances allowed in a self-storage, otherwise you may be held responsible for any potential damage if something goes wrong.
– Money and jewelry are not supposed to be kept in a storage unit. Instead, your valuables will be better off in a safe deposit box at your bank.
– Unregistered cars, boats or motorcycles shouldn’t be placed into storage. Licensed, registered and operating vehicles are permitted, although you are responsible for any kind of damage it may cause to the storage unit, people and other tenants’ goods.
– Wet or dirty items will cause growth of mold and mildew, so it is strongly recommended to store clean and dry household goods.
Now that you have determined what can and cannot be stored, it’s time to look for proper type of insurance for your goods. Self-storage managers are responsible for the safety of the site, but they are not to be held responsible for your personal belongings. Getting proper coverage for your items will protect them while in storage and give you peace of mind. Also, make sure you have an inventory of all stored items and all boxes labeled according to the content.