What should or should not be stored in a self-storage unit?
Self-storage is an excellent option for storing overflow of many different types of materials from your home or business. You can think of your storage unit as a second garage, retail storage space or supply room for your business.
When planning what to store in your unit, whether for business or personal purposes, consider that all storage facilities have restrictions on what they will allow you to store on their premises. This is for the protection of not just you and your belongings, but the facility and other customers and their goods. Even on a month to month lease you will be required to sign indicating that you understand and agree to adhere to the rules and restrictions for what items are allowable. As a general rule, any item or material that is considered “hazardous” will not be allowed.
In preparation for renting a storage unit, make out a preliminary inventory of the items you wish to store. You can use this list to help you and the on-site resident manager to make sure you’ll be in full compliance with the list of allowable items. This can only be determined with full disclosure of what you will be storing. Or, if you’re not sure if an item is allowed, call the self-storage facility ahead of time to find out. This will prevent any related inconvenience upon arriving at the storage site.
We frequently get questions about what is acceptable to store. Here is a list of items and materials about which we are commonly asked:
Combustible, Flammable, Hazardous or Toxic Materials
Considered “hazardous,” these include 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 also cannot store fireworks, explosives, weapons or ammunition.
Tires & Vehicles
Storing vehicles is generally acceptable, as long as they are registered, insured and in operational condition. Please refer to the storage tips section for suggestions when storing a vehicle. Most facilities will not let you store more than four tires in your self-storage unit due to the cost of dispose of them.
Medical/Pharmaceutical Supplies & Equipment
If you are a sales representative, you may find a self-storage unit a convenient place to manage medical supplies and pharmaceutical samples. It is a useful way to keep your products organized and easily accessible without cluttering up your office or filling your car trunk. While most supplies are acceptable, radioactive equipment – or anything that contains radioactive materials – cannot legally be stored.
Perishable Food and Animal Products
Canned foods can be stored in storage units. But perishable food products such as cereals, produce or meats are not allowed. These may spoil or attract pests.
Miscellaneous Prohibited Items
Any animals or plants – alive or dead – cannot be stored. Nor can any stolen items. People are not allowed to plug in or use refrigerators, freezers, generators, space heaters or live in storage units.
If you have any questions about the items you wish to store, consult the on-site resident manager of the facility before you pack and bring it to the site.