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Storage Tips: Items You Shouldn’t Store In Your Storage Unit

By Peggy Bisbey, Certified Self Storage Manager

storage tips: Prohibited Items
Storage Tips: Prohibited Items

While considering what you want to keep in your storage unit, make a list of the items you plan to store. You should keep a copy of that list for yourself. Doing so, greatly improves the organization of your storage unit and allows for much faster retrieval of the “one thing” you need.

At Moove In Self Storage, our rental agreement states that you will abide by the rules and regulations, including not storing certain types of items. This regulation is a requirement at most reputable self storage facilities. It’s best to be safe and ask first if you are unsure if something is permitted. Your property manager can then clarify what can and cannot be stored if you have any doubt.

Here are some storage tips to follow. This is by no means a full list of prohibited items, but it gives you an idea of the types of items that are not permitted on site or inside a storage unit.

Food Items or Perishable Animal Products

storage tips: perishable foodYou cannot store perishable food items. This would include cereal, flour, fruits, vegetables, dairy products or meat. Basically anything that has a short shelf life or requires refrigeration is a big no-no. However, properly sealed canned food items may be kept in storage units, like canned vegetables or jarred jellies.

Cat litter and pet food are not permitted. Pet foods can quickly spoil and both put off an odor that will attracts bugs and rodents. Canned pet food that you purchase at the grocery store, however, is allowed.

People, Animals and Plants

storage tips: house plantWhile it may seem obvious, plants and animals, whether dead or alive, are prohibited from being placed into a storage unit. Even if your storage unit is temperature controlled, for your safety and the security of other customers, a storage unit cannot be used as a place to live or work, even if it is temporary.

For one thing, it is cruel to keep a living pet inside a storage unit. They are dark, can be very hot and are not suitable for any life. For another thing, it is simply against our regulations. Plants are also not allowed. Both pets and plants can attract bugs and other pests.

Combustible, Flammable, Hazardous or Toxic Materials

Considered “potentially dangerous”, these materials include but are not limited to gasoline, compressed gas, propane tanks, kerosene, lamp and motor oil, acid, grease, corrosives, fertilizer, paint, cleaners, chemicals, narcotics or hazardous, toxic or biological waste. Asbestos or products containing asbestos are not allowed. You are also not permitted to store fireworks, or explosives. These items pose a risk to the property and our customers. For safety reasons, none of these items are allowed on site at any time.

Unregistered or Non-Operational Vehicles

storage tips: old vehicleIn order to keep a vehicle in storage, whether inside a storage unit or in an outdoor parking space, it must be operational and registered with current license and insurance. Because our tenants hold sole liability for any stored vehicle, including any damage that could be caused by the vehicle, this makes current insurance on the vehicle a necessity.

Also note, there may be a limit on the number of tires that can be stored in a single storage unit. We have this in place to prevent disposal of tires on our property and the large fees associated with such disposal. If you are found to be disobeying this regulation, you will default on your signed rental agreement. When that happens, you are no longer able to claim any of your items stored on the property, unless the tires are removed.

Certain Construction Equipment

If you work in construction, it can be very convenient to stop by your storage unit on your way to the job site and pick up the equipment you need. However, please check with the property manager before planning to store any construction equipment. Some equipment, like the kind used to locate underground water, is prohibited. To be safe, talk to the property manager first and make sure the equipment you want to store is allowed to be on site.

This is in no way a complete list of prohibited items. But, it can be used as a guideline to help you find out if your items can be stored inside a storage unit or in an outdoor parking space at our facility. If you have any questions about your items and if they are permitted, simply contact us or give any of our friendly property managers a call. We are always glad to help and provide storage tips!

And, if you are ready to start storing, you can reserve or rent a storage unit online 24/7. If you are in need an outdoor parking space, you can reserve one online or stop in any of our locations and secure a space today.