What Not to Store in Your Unit

Categories: Self-Storage

Self-storage is a great place to keep items that you don’t want in your home. However, there are rules and regulations on what you can and cannot store in your unit for the safety of others.

If you are unsure if your items are acceptable for self-storage call the facility and check with the site manager before storing your items. Here are 5 items that are commonly prohibited at any self-storage facility:

  • Perishables. Food should not be stored in a storage unit. That includes pet food, meat, fruits, vegetables, frozen and fresh food, and anything else that can go rancid. Food attracts rodents and insects that can damage you and your storage neighbor’s items.


  • Hazardous Materials. Hazardous materials include chemical, odorous, toxic, flammable, explosive and radioactive items. Anything that can blow up is strictly prohibited. If you store items like gas, fireworks, lead paint, medical waste, asbestos or anything else that causes danger to the employees, facility and your storage neighbors items you are breaking the law.


  • Illegal Items. Items like drugs, legal or illegal weapons, stolen goods, unregistered vehicles, and anything else that breaks the law cannot be stored in a unit.


  • Scented Items. Scented items will usually attract pests. If you want to keep your unit as clean as when you moved in, refrain from using and storing items like fragrances, candles, and soaps. Some facilities will let you store them if you wrap them tightly in plastic and store them in an airtight sealed container.


  • Anything Living or Dead. Plants, animals, and humans are not permitted to live or be stored in a storage unit. We do offer special units and spaces where you can run your business. However, at no point are you permitted to sleep overnight or live in your unit. If you think it’s a good idea to keep animals in your unit, think again. You can be faced with abuse and cruelty charges.


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