Storage Tips: Prohibited Items
There are certain items you shouldn’t store in your storage unit. To ensure you are following these regulations, you should make a list of the items you are planning to store. Keep a copy of this list for yourself and give one to the property manager to keep in your file. This will help you keep organized and provide you with easier and faster retrieval of that “one thing” you need from your storage unit.
At 140 Mini Storage, the rental agreement you sign confirms that you’ll follow the rules and regulations, including not storing certain types of items. This is a standard regulation of any reputable self storage facility. If you are unsure of an item, as first before you store it to ensure it is permitted. Your property manager can clarify with you what items can and cannot be stored if you have any doubt.
We have some suggestions you can follow to help you get started. But, keep in mind that this is not a full list of prohibited items. This is a guideline you can follow to get an idea of which items are not permitted on our property or inside your storage unit at any time.
Food Items or Perishable Animal Products
Food items are not permitted at any time. These items include meat, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, flour and cereal to name a few. Anything that has a short shelf life and expiration date or requires refrigeration is a big no.
But, you are allowed to keep properly sealed food items such as canned vegetables or jarred jellies inside your storage unit.
Pet foods and cat litter are also not permitted. These foods can quickly go south and emit an odor that attracts pests. Cat litter also has a strong odor. However, you can keep canned pet food as it will not spoil or create a smell.
People, Animals and Plants
Animals and plants, dead or alive, are prohibited from being inside your storage unit, no matter how obvious that seems. This includes temperature control units. For your safety and the safety of other customers, a storage unit is never allowed to be used as a place to live or a place to work at any time, even if it’s temporary.
Keeping a pet inside a storage unit is cruel and against our regulations. Storage units are dark, can get very hot and are not suitable for any living thing. Plants are also not allowed. Both pets and plants can attract pests and bugs and put off odors.
Combustible, Flammable, Hazardous or Toxic Materials
These materials are potentially dangerous and include, but are not limited to, propane tanks, gasoline, compressed gas, kerosene, motor oil, lamp oil, acid, grease, corrosives, fertilizers, paint, cleaners or chemicals, narcotics, or hazardous, toxic or biological waste. Asbestos is also a big no, as are fireworks or explosives. All of these items are dangerous and pose a risk to our customers and the property. For safety reasons, these items are strictly prohibited from being on our property or in a storage unit at any time.
Unregistered or Non-Operational Vehicles
Storing vehicles is allowed, but they must be operational and have current registration, license and insurance. This goes for parking spaces and storage units alike. Our tenants hold the sole liability for any vehicle stored on our property, which includes damage caused by the vehicle. That is why current insurance on the vehicle is a requirement at all times.
Also note, there may be a limit on the number of tires that can be stored in a single storage unit. We have this in place to prevent disposal of tires on our property and the large fees associated with such disposal. If you are found to be disobeying this regulation, you will default on your signed rental agreement. When that happens, you are no longer able to claim any of your items stored on the property, unless the tires are removed.
Certain Construction Equipment
Storage units and parking spaces are very convenient if you work in the construction industry. You can stop by on your way to the job site and pick up the equipment you need for the day. However, it is imperative that you check with the property manager before planning to store any construction equipment on site. Some equipment, like the kind used to locate underground water, is prohibited. To be safe, talk to the property manager first and make sure the equipment you want to store is allowed to be on site.
These guidelines are meant to be helpful when considering storage, but they are in no way a complete list of prohibited items. If you have any questions about your items and if they are permitted, simply contact us or give our friendly property manager a call. We are always glad to help!