Self-storage is a great option if you need a little extra space for the things you want to keep but don’t want to look at every day. It is also great during transition for a move. There are different sizes and even climate options available that you can choose from depending on your need. But that is the question, what is your need? Self-storage is a valid solution for a lot of things you may need to store but there are a few instances that you need to be aware of when deciding if self-storage is right the solution for you.
Below are a few items that you cannot use self-storage for:
1. Food or perishable products
This is not only to protect you but also the other tenants. Having food in your unit can attract bugs and rodents. No one wants to open their unit and find a creature scurrying around. No thank you.
2. People or animals
You or anyone you know cannot live in your unit. You also can not use a unit to store your pets. You can use storage for your Grandma’s couch but not your Grandma. Property managers more than likely will find out and you will be kicked out so don’t try it.
3. Dangerous materials
This means you cannot store anything in your unit that is flammable, corrosive, combustible, explosive, or chemical odorous. No propane tanks if you are storing your gas grill. Also, if you have fireworks left over you will have to find another place to store them.
4. Illegal or hazardous items
You may not store items that are classified as hazardous or illegal under any federal, state, or local law or regulation. Storing stolen items is also prohibited. You can use self-storage for fake plants but not growing real ones, i.e. marijuana. Please do not make the manager call law enforcement.
5. Fire arms
Yes, you may have a registered fire arm but that does not mean you can put it in self-storage. No fire arms, weapons, or ammunition is allowed.
Along with this list of things you cannot and should not put in self-storage you should also know that most facilities state in their lease that you are not allowed to put contents in the unit that exceeds a certain value. If something should happen to your belongings the owner will not be obligated to pay more than the value stated in the lease. Most leases also state that if anything should happen to the contents of the unit the facility, owner, and manager is not liable. It would be wise to ask for insurance or protection plan options to be sure your belongings are covered.
So if you are thinking of getting self-storage take note that there are few things that should not be on the list for the movers to take.