When making business or personal storage plans, keep in mind that all storage facilities have restrictions on what they will allow you to store. Below are the most common items our self-storage customers ask us about. If you're not sure if an item is allowed, ask your store manager before you move into your storage unit.
Considered “inherently dangerous,” these include gasoline, compressed gas, propane tanks, kerosene, lamp and motor oil, acid, grease, corrosives, fertilizers, paint, cleaners, chemicals, narcotics, or hazardous, toxic or biological waste. Asbestos or products containing asbestos are not allowed. You also cannot store fireworks or explosives.
Storing vehicles is generally acceptable, as long as they are registered, insured, and in operational condition. Most facilities will not let you store more than four tires in your self-storage unit because of the cost to dispose of them.
If you are a sales representative, you may find a self-storage unit a convenient place to manage medical supplies and pharmaceutical samples. While most supplies are acceptable, radioactive equipment – or anything that contains radioactive materials – cannot legally be stored.
If you work in construction, it’s convenient to stop by your storage unit on the way to the site and pick up necessary equipment. However, please check with the self-storage facility before planning to store any construction equipment. Some construction equipment is prohibited.
Canned foods may be stored in storage units, but perishable food products such as pet food, produce or meats are not allowed. These may spoil or attract pests.
Any animals or plants – alive or dead – cannot be stored. Nor can any stolen items. People are not allowed to plug in or use refrigerators, freezers, generators, space heaters or live in storage units.
If you have any questions about the items you wish to store, consult the manager of the self-storage facility before you pack and arrive at the site.