5 Things You Should Never Put in Storage
If you rent a self-storage container, you should know that there are rules regarding what you can legally and safely store. Additionally, some items shouldn’t be kept in storage because it’s a bad idea. Here are five things you should never put in a storage unit.
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1. People, Animals and Plants
It might seem obvious, but it’s surprising how many times animals and plants have been found inside storage containers. Even people have tried to live in them, which is unsafe and illegal. Storage units aren’t designed to house living things. Pets need regular feeding and care, while plants require sunlight and water to live. Moreover, the soil in potted plants attracts moisture, mildew and mould, which could contaminate the items in your storage unit.
2. Guns, Explosive Materials and Stolen Goods
Guns should be stored at your local shooting range or gun shop. Explosive or flammable materials such as fireworks and gasoline are just plain dangerous, and so are paints, pesticides and car batteries.
If you’re storing a vehicle, it must be insured in your name, registered and fully operational. (This also goes for cars, boats and trailers.) Plus, you’ll need to drain the gasoline tank, empty the motor oil and remove the battery.
You also can’t store anything you don’t legally own. It’s against the law and the facility manager can call the police
3. Perishable Food
Any perishable food, even dry goods, will attract rodents and insects. Pests can quickly overtake the entire facility, so make sure to avoid storing:
- Rice and other grains
- Powdered milk
- Boxed foods
- Pet food
Canned food is fine, but check it once in a while to make sure the cans aren’t corroding or leaking.
4. Things That Smell
Things with strong odours can also attract rodents and pests, even if they don’t smell like food. Storing scented candles, incense, toiletries or essential oils can lead to some big headaches.
On a side note, ensure everything is dry. Damp towels or clothes, furniture or anything with moisture will attract mould and mildew, which can damage your property.
5. Cash and Valuables
Storage units are secure, but you should never store large amounts of cash, gold or jewelry in them. Banks or financial institutions are the safest places to store money. Safety deposit boxes and safes are also better alternatives for valuable items.