- On October 14, 2014
Things you can and cannot store
Self storage is a fantastic way to keep your possessions safe and secure, whether you’re going away and need temporary space, moving home, or simply just don’t have the room. People generally put all kinds of property in self storage, but not everything can be stored. With that in mind, we’re going to take a closer look at what’s acceptable to store, and what isn’t.
Firstly, let’s look at what’s acceptable for self storage:
– Furniture: This includes wardrobes, beds, chairs, possibly even pianos (we’re sure you know what furniture is), but if you’re going to be storing antique, wood or fabric items, you may wish to ensure they are properly protected by covering with blankets and wrapping things like fabric cushions separately, so they are protected against mould.
– Electronics: If you’re going to be storing anything expensive, such as computers, HDDs and TVs, they should also be protected with bubble wrap and well covered.
– Equipment and appliances: This can cover anything from tools, to ovens and dishwashers.
– Clothing: Self-storage is a great way to make more room in your wardrobe. Again, anything valuable should be stored in a dry cleaning bag or vacuum-packed to keep out dust and mould spores, especially if you plan on storing for prolonged periods.
– Entertainment: Books, DVDs, toys and games all fall under this category. You may wish to store books flat to protect their spines.
All seems perfectly acceptable, doesn’t it? Now, let’s take a look at some of the more forbidden items:
– Stolen property or anything that might be considered illegal: Yes, probably not a good idea to store those, unless you wish to answer to the law.
– Fireworks or anything flammable: If there’s a chance that it might blow up, then no, that’s not a good idea, either. This includes any volatile items such as gas bottles, which can be particularly bad when stored next to other flammable items, such as furniture or clothing.
– Dangerous chemicals: Most self storage companies will not welcome dangerous chemicals, even if you have a perfectly good use for that sulphuric acid.
– Perishables: Anything organic (including plants) which will perish, smell bad or lead to some sort of contamination or infestation is not acceptable to store, even if you’re only planning on leaving it there for a few days.
– Animals: Storing anything living is strictly forbidden – you may get away with a taxidermied ferret, though.