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Renting a storage unit is a great way to gain additional space when moving. Moreover, even if you are not moving, a storage unit can help you accommodate belongings you have no room for at the moment. Additionally, storage units provide adequate conditions for the items you store inside them. However, these conditions will depend on the type of items you store and how you communicate that with the storage facility or the moving company. So, before you contact moving and storage companies, make sure you know what kind of conditions your items need to ensure their longevity. If not, consult with the company or facility about the best choice for said items. Today, we talk about forbidden items to store in a self-storage unit that you should know.

Forbidden items to store in a self-storage unit

Now, to no surprise, storage facilities will not allow you to store certain goods and items inside their units. Moreover, this can often be connected to moving companies. As both the moving companies and storage facilities usually share the same items that you cannot transport or store.

an outside view of several storage units
Certain items can cause issues if you decide to store them inside a storage unit, so make sure to check with the storage facility beforehand

So, whether you require office movers to move your office or residential movers, make sure you check out what items you cannot move or store. So, what are some of these items?

  • Combustible items
  • Perishable goods
  • Pets, plants, or scented items

Combustible items

First on the list of forbidden items to store in a self-storage unit we have flammable or combustible items. Logically, any item that can catch fire or cause an explosion is a big no for a storage unit. Apart from the risk of those items set on fire, they can often leak and create a bigger threat for the items inside the unit and the facility in general. Moreover, renting Manhattan storage, for example, means you should also not store items that have acid in them as they can also create issues.

Perishable goods

Items that are “fresh” like vegetables, fruits, or food, in general, are most commonly forbidden items to store in a self-storage unit. Firstly, because they can rot, smell really bad, create moisture, and put other items at risk. Secondly, because the smell of food also means having visitors like rodents, bugs, and other vermin.

a sign that does not allow food beyong a certain point as some forbidden items to store inside a self-storage unit
Any food that has a short shelf life will never be allowed inside the storage unit

On top of it all, storing these goods will make storage maintenance harder without any real reason.

Forbidden items to store in a self-storage unit: Pets, plants, and scented items

Now, we think there is really no reason to explain why pets are something you should not store inside the storage unit. Moreover, placing plants will also mean attracting bugs or rodents. More importantly, plants will often require sunlight and other conditions. This means that the storage unit cannot provide such conditions for plants. Finally, scented items will often attract pests into the unit and cause havoc amongst your items.



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Born and raised in the upper east side of NYC. I consider myself an expert with anything moving or storage related aspects in New York City. Having been in the NYC relocation industry for almost two decades I found myself at a point that I am able to answer and help my clients on the first phone call. NYC is amazing and I can't wait for it to recover from the COVID related closures. Feel free to email or call anytime! 212-244-4011