These units are a great option and are something you should look into if you have too many items in your home or office, and would like to shift them to a storage place temporarily. Self-storage units are just like a house garage or storeroom, only to be situated somewhere else! Common objects placed in storage units like these include but are not limited to, furniture, toys, documents, and household appliances. However, some people tend to place prohibited items into the units and it may be a safety and security concern. Here are the prohibited items you should avoid storing.
Downright prohibited items
- Animals of any size, nature or species. This is because of concerns over climate, temperature, food and atmosphere.
- Any combustible or flammable materials such as oil, gas and paint. While these materials are inert and non-living, they are a security and danger concern should a fire occur.
- Firearms and weapons of any sort are not allowed due to security concerns and for protection of the owner, storage unit staff and for the protection of other customers.
- Drugs in any form, state or quantity that are deemed illegal in the country, the storage unit is located in.
- Explosives such as fireworks. This is dangerous and are prone to start a fire.
- Medical items such as X-ray machines which are radioactive and may affect the health of customers.
- Perishable foods such as grains, vegetables and meat. Canned goods are acceptable but the owner should take note of their expiry date.
Items and objects that requires clarification before allowance
Owners should discuss with the storage staff before they proceed to store cars, trucks and small boats in the storage units. This is because the vehicles are subjected to rust, grime and dirt over time. The owners should also remove the tires of the vehicles, as the tires will flatten and spoil due to the excess weight of the vehicle.
Items and objects that should be kept at home
Owners should not place important documents, financial papers, personal documents, cash, jewellery or any other sensitive and expensive items in storage units. Other valuable items include passports, family photos and personal collections. These items are irreplaceable and should be stored in an owner’s house instead.