What Items Are Prohibited In Self-Storage?

Posted on: 15 June 2015

Most people usually end up needing to put their belongings in storage at some point or another. It doesn't matter if they've sold their home and are waiting for their new home to close or they just have too much stuff and no place to put it. Chances are, you'll need to utilize a storage facility too. But did you know that there are certain items storage facilities simply will not allow you to store? Keep reading to find out what types of items are prohibited from self-storage. 

  • Food - Not all types of food are prohibited from being stored, but anything perishable definitely is. As a general rule of thumb, anything that can spoil should not be kept in a storage unit because spoiled goods may attract wild animals. 
  • Weapons - The allowance of weapon storage comes down to a case-by-case basis. Some storage facilities will allow you to store firearms if they're registered, but not all of them, so you'll definitely want to call ahead and find out. Additionally, anything that may be explosive is strictly not allowed to be stored on any storage facility premise. 
  • Dangerous Materials - By extension, dangerous materials are also an extreme hazard for any storage company. Items that are flammable, hazardous, or toxic should not be stored in a storage unit. 
  • Animals - Animal cruelty and neglect are punishable offenses. Irrespective of the fact that it's generally not a good idea, storing animals (alive or dead) is absolutely not allowed, even if you come back to feed and walk them frequently. 
  • Stolen Property - Like pawnshops, storage facilities also face liability issues if they're found storing stolen property. In general, it's not a good idea to store anything that isn't your own property - even if you're doing a favor for a friend.
  • Illegal Substances - The above rule applies to illegal substances, too. Storage facilities forbid parties from storing drugs or similar items on their property due to liability concerns and the illegal nature of said items.  
  • Live-In Items - While electricity and heated/cooled storage units do exist, they are there for convenience. Things like refrigerators, portable heaters, generators, and other items of that nature aren't allowed to be plugged in. 

When it comes down to it, just having good common sense can go a long way in determining what you can and can't store in a storage facility, even if it's a self-storage place. Ask the on-site manager for their rules and other information about what types of items they allow and don't allow if you have a special situation. For more information, contact a company like Gray Storage Solutions.


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