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Items that don’t belong in a storage unit


Storage can be very helpful and people use it on many occasions. Whether you are remodeling your home and need to get your furniture out of the way. Or you want to store seasonal equipment like lawnmowers and other things. Or you are moving home and need a place to put things that don’t fit in your new home. It is very useful. And we at moving and storage Brooklyn aim to provide the best storage and moving services. But there are some things you should be aware of when renting a storage unit. Mainly, there are some Items that don’t belong in a storage unit. While some are obvious, there are many that are not that obvious. And you don’t want to make the mistake of putting them in your storage unit. Here you can read all about the items which are not allowed in a storage unit.

Important documentation

One of the items that don’t belong in a storage unit is important documents. Things like birth certificates, marriage licenses, and contracts. Paper is sensitive and can be easily destroyed by humidity, which is a real risk if you are not using a climate-controlled storage unit. And that is just one of the many things that affect paper. So if you are going to place it in storage make sure that it’s short term. And there is the fact that no matter how well-secured the storage is, there is always the risk of theft. And that is why it is important to find well-secured storage units Brooklyn to store your belongings.

White paper folders with key files are items that don't belong in a storage unit
You shouldn’t leave important documentation in storage because it can easily get damaged or even destroyed

Don’t store things with sentimental value

All your belongings of sentimental value also go to the list of items that don’t belong in a storage unit. Keeping these things in storage for a long time will lead to them getting damaged. Or even destroyed. Pests, mold, and temperatures and the main culprits of this. So you are best off not keeping things like family photos, paintings, and similar things in storage. And if you are going to put them in storage see that you put them in one with climate and temperature control. But do keep in mind that these types of storage units cost much more than regular ones.  And make sure that you prepare them well for storage before leaving them there long term. You can also have your movers New York take care of all of that for you. And that way you won’t have to worry about it not being done properly.

Flammable and combustible items don’t belong in a storage unit

While some of these are obvious, things like propane, oil, and grease. Basically, all things that can catch fire. Some are not so obvious and people put them in storage without thinking that much about them. Things like cleaners and paint are not that obvious but they are also items that don’t belong in a storage unit. Fireworks and similar things are of course also not allowed. And you should keep in mind that if you leave some of these things in storage. If it catches fire, you would be held responsible. And that it is a felony to store some of these things. You can always get a list from storage companies NYC of items that are not allowed in their storage units.

Young woman using a phone to consult movers about the Items that don't belong in a storage unit
You can always consult your movers and storage unit providers about the items that don’t belong in a storage unit

Electronics are also something that doesn’t belong in a storage unit

Generally speaking, storing electronics in storage is a bad idea. They don’t handle temperature changes well because the humidity is very bad for electronics. And temperature changes are inevitable. So if you are going to be storing electronics in storage make sure that you measure the humidity first. And to do that often to make sure that the changes in it are not too big. And batteries can be a problem too, so make sure that you take them out. A good way to mitigate the humidity problem is to get a climate-controlled storage unit, but keep in mind that they will cost much more.

Items that require regular maintenance also don’t belong in a storage unit

For the most part, these would be things with the engine. When it comes to things that don’t belong in a storage unit things with engines go high on the list. This goes for all kinds of vehicles that have an engine, things like:

  • RVs
  • Boats
  • Motorcycles
  • Cars
  • Quad bikes

And vehicles with engines need to be maintained and used regularly. Or else you run the risk of them getting damaged. It is inevitable for them to start to decay and fall apart if they are just sitting and not being used or cared for. So make sure that you check up on them often if you are going to be leaving them in a storage unit. Or you are going to lose a lot of money when the engine gets damaged. From things like temperature changes and humidity to not doing proper maintenance often enough.

Black motorcycle on the road as one of the Items that don't belong in a storage unit
Make sure that you often check on vehicles that you leave in storage to avoid them getting damaged

Toxic materials are not allowed in storage units

Toxic chemicals are not allowed because they are dangerous and can cause a lot of trouble. Also, things like fertilizers are not allowed. Household cleaning things like chlorine bleach, ammonia, acetone, paint thinner, and similar things are also not allowed. Because there is the risk of fumes mixing. Or if there was a fire it could destroy all your belongings before people managed to put out the fire. If you are not sure if some of the things that you want to leave in storage are allowed, make sure that you consult the people you are renting it from. They are going to have a list, and they can also explain what things fall under the items listed, like chemicals. It is important that you are aware of all the items that don’t belong in a storage unit before you start packing things for storage.

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