This month on the Storage News blog we have been covering the logistics of self storage units, giving you the tips to best pack, sort, and store your belongings. You may have some lingering questions about what you can store in a unit. We’ve covered this before on the blog, but it was going on 5 years ago and at this point it could use some updating. So, let’s get to it shall we?
What can you Store in a Unit?
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All of the following are totally kosher to store in your unit, so long as they are stored properly, legally, and the facility manager gives the go ahead in the off chance they need to be consulted.
o Obviously, there are no qualms here. Storing clothes is simple and safe. Put them in a plastic container (to prevent possible pests from disturbing them) and you will be fine.
o Classic item for the storage unit industry. People move in together, or size down all the time and with those fluctuations in living situations come an excess of furniture. If you want to get protective with them by all means covering them up with plastic and keep any rodents and insects out.
o Electronics are easily and safely stored. The two concerns to keep in mind are the temperature to worry about as well as storing near the back of the unit to deter possible theft from prying eyes.
o Easy peasy. So long as they are packed right storing antiques is as easy as anything else. Just be aware if they are sensitive to temperature. That could be a bummer when it comes time to recollect grandma’s old sewing table.
• Business Supplies
o Boxes of records, old equipment, fixtures, you name it. So long as they’re not hazardous materials storing business supplies is a-okay.
o Non-perishables like sealed canned foods can safely be stored.
o Depending on the size of the unit or the vehicle, storing an extra car or certain parts is doable, and some facilities even have special vehicle storage areas.
Anything that follows are things you should certainly not be storing in a unit. There are a number of reasons why some items cannot be stored in a self-storage unit and most of them are fairly obvious, but we will lay out why they are a no-go.
• Hazardous Items
o Chemicals, combustibles, anything of the sort are no good for self-storage.
o Fruit, breads, meats, anything perishable should not be stored in a unit. It’ll quickly go bad and ruin everything in your unit as well as neighboring units.
• Living Beings
o Come on. Of course not.
These lists have been by no means extensive or exhaustive and if you have any questions about whether or not an item will land you in hot water with your storage facility it is best to ask before moving it in. It will save you the headache of moving and possible consequences should the facility find out.