Self-storage units are a fantastic way to keep your items safe while you are in a temporary home or just to declutter your house. However sometimes people put things inside storage that don't belong. Here are items that you should never put in your self-storage unit without permission.
Vehicles & Tires
Vehicles are generally acceptable in storage units depending on the unit and condition of the vehicle. Some self-storage facilities have separate units specifically designed for vehicles and do not allow vehicles to be in the other units.
You cannot store a vehicle that doesn't have the proper license and registration. The license and registration needs to remain inside the vehicle at all times as well. You might wonder why this matters. It's not like anyone will be driving the vehicle around. The main reason is because the self-storage unit needs to be able to sell your items if you default on your storage payments. If someone buys your storage unit and winds up with a worthless car because the title and registration are nowhere to be found, it opens up a can of worms with the storage unit that they don't want to deal with.
Tires are something that can be in a storage unit to a certain extent depending on the facility. You have to ask about the specific facility's policy ahead of time. Some won't allow them at all, while others will allow up to four. This is because it will cost the facility money to dispose of them properly.
If you want to store medical supplies, self-storage isn't the best idea. Narcotics need to remain in the possession of the patient at all times. If you default on your storage payments and someone else buys your unit, they can be charged with possession for having narcotics that they may not even have realized were in there.
Some medical equipment is also prohibited. While simple items such as stethoscopes and bandages are okay, radioactive medical supplies are not allowed.
Flammable & Explosive Materials
Dangerous and flammable items are prohibited from self-storage units. These can include items such as:
These items, especially when stored together, are a recipe for disaster. If the storage unit gets too hot, these flammable liquids have a better chance of being set off. If a fire starts at the storage unit, the chances of it being contained will drop considerably with these items inside. The flammable liquids will fuel the fire and can cause explosions.
It's not uncommon for construction companies to rent a storage when they have a big job and limited space for their construction equipment. While storing extra hardhats and reflective vests are okay, not all equipment can be stored. It's against the law to store some types of underground drilling and tracking equipment in self-storage units. Ask the storage facility before storing any construction equipment to make sure you are only storing legal items.
Storing perishable food items in a storage unit is prohibited. If perishable items are left in the storage unit too long, they can attract pests, which will lead to an infestation throughout the facility. However, if you want a place to store your collection of emergency canned goods, your self-storage unit will be just fine.
You might think it's obvious, but dead animals have been found in storage units before. If you have a climate-controlled unit, you might be tempted to stick your dog in there with some food, water, and puppy pads while you go out of town for the weekend. Placing animals, or even plants, in storage is illegal.
Don't put anything in storage that can catch fire, rot, or die. Make sure your vehicle is legal and it adheres to the regulations of the facility if you want to store it. If you are unsure of an item, be sure to ask before you store it.