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December 12, 2019 Blog Post No Comments

What Not To Store At Self Storage Facilities

Self-storage units can handle just about anything. Want to keep your valuables safe while you’re overseas? No problem. Need somewhere to store your car in winter? Easy & done. Looking to keep your extensive collection of valuables from a new love interest? Bring ’em on in.

But if you’re hoping to get those paint tins or fuel cans out of the garage, you’ll have to find an alternative solution, such a waste & recycling facility. While self-storage centres are great for most items, there are some things you CAN NOT put into storage. So please don’t. For our sake, yours & the other tenants.

Combustible Items or Toxic Chemicals

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Combustible &
Toxic Chemicals

With the exception of climate-controlled units (e.g. for wine storage), temperatures in storage units can fluctuate dramatically. This makes them an unsafe place for storing combustible, flammable or toxic items. You don’t want to risk blowing up your unit, or the whole storage facility – just to make room in your garage. That would make you quite the dog, not to mention costing you quite a bit in damages.

Some combustible or hazardous materials prohibited from storage units include:

  • Petrol/gasoline
  • Paint and paint thinner
  • Solvents
  • Medical supplies (unless you’ve made special arrangements with your storage centre).
  • If you’re looking for somewhere to keep these items, you might want to hit up a relative for room in their garage instead. Or ask yourself if you really do need to hold on to those 5 half-empty tins of off-white paint??

Side Note: In order to store mowers, whipper snippers and other similar outdoor & garden equipment, you’ll need to make sure they are emptied of any fuel and oils. To store the BBQ, you need to make sure it’s clean out and the gas bottle is completely empty.

Perishable Self-Storage Items

No Food Or Drink In Self-Storage

There’s nothing worse than finding cockroaches, rats & other bugs in your storage unit. Yes, most storage centres take preventative measures to keep pests away. But if you’re keeping food in your storage unit, you may as well be sending out a party invitation to all nearby rodents for a dinner party.

These are the typical no-no’s when it comes to storage units:

  • Fresh food
  • Contained food (even canned food can attract pests – they’re ruthless, and will find a way to your food items)
  • Animal food
  • Do not put dog or other pet food into storage

Also, don’t keep any of your pets or live animals in your unit!

Weird Tip: If you’ve got more food than space in your pantry, it might be time to throw a very excessive (and unusual) dinner party.  Be brave with strange food pairings. Canned goods and biscuits is one way to have an unusual dinner party.

Don’t Store Living Things

Don’t Store Living Things

While it may seem like a convenient and affordable alternative to a kennel, no, you cannot keep your cat, dog, parrot or snake in your storage unit while on holiday or at any time for that matter. These units are for inanimate objects only, so don’t go getting any ideas with that worm farm either.

  • Leave pets and plants off your storage list.
  • Do not put plants into storage

Handy Hint: There are hundreds of pet-kennelling & care services out there for your fluffy, feathery or slithery friend. So if your Great Uncle Bob doesn’t have a heart and want to look after your pet, there are other options available.  Just not here!

Don’t Store Suspicious Items

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No storage centre wants to be involved in any dodgy business, you feel? Any illegal substances or stolen items (such as an entire front lawn, it has happened), are banned from being stored in your self-storage unit. As for weapons, including guns, bombs, or anything else that goes KABOOM, these are out of the question too.

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Don’t add these to your trailer on your trip over:

  • Illegal substances
  • Items obtained illegally
  • Weapons

When you’re moving stuff you can store into your unit, make sure you do it safely by following these tips. If you’re not sure whether an item is allowed or not, all you have to do is ask our friendly staff. We don’t bite (unlike rats and snakes).

Written by Hugh Smith