Don’t Keep That: 4 Things You should Never Store in a Storage Unit

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Storage UnitRenting a storage unit is a great investment because it’s safe, clean, and serves as an extension of your home or business. Some people even use it as their actual home, although, technically, that’s illegal.

While storage facilities like in downtown Santa Barbara have security measures in place and make sure that the area is clean, storage unit renters should also be responsible enough not to store illegal or potentially harmful items in their units. If you’re not sure what they are, here are some of them.

Items that Attract Pests

Food usually attracts the creepy crawlies, but non-food items like a corkboard also draw in pests because of its scent. Be careful when storing foam, too, because it’s prone to bug infestations. Store foam properly by keeping it in a sealed plastic container.

Unregistered Vehicles

Whether it’s a car, a boat, a motorcycle, or a trailer, you can’t store an unregistered vehicle in a storage unit. Storage facilities have to legally require you to present proof that the vehicle is currently registered before allowing you to move it in.

Moreover, you can’t store a close friend or relative’s vehicle. Any vehicle you store should be registered in your name.

Flammable Materials

You’ll run the risk of your possessions catching fire or exploding if you store fire-hazard items in your storage unit. Among the obvious items are gasoline, propane tanks, and aerosol cans. Paints, oil, fertilizer, and asbestos are also flammable, so keep them out of your storage unit.

Furthermore, if you want to store vehicles, snow blowers, or items that run on fuel, empty the tank first before locking it up.

Battery-Operated Items

Storing battery-operated items in a storage facility may decrease their overall quality because the unit’s indoor temperature isn’t regulated. Some storage facilities have already addressed this issue by offering temperature-controlled units, however.

If you decide to store electronics in an environment with an uncontrolled temperature, wait until the item is at room temperature before turning it on.

These are just some items you shouldn’t store in your unit. To get a full list of things that shouldn’t be stored in a unit, visit your storage provider’s website or ask for a brochure.

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