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Top 5 items you’ll want to avoid putting into storage

There’s never a bad time to look into purchasing a storage unit or space for storage, as it gives you somewhere else that isn’t your home or business to safely keep your belongings.

Storage can free up other much-needed space which can be extremely helpful during home renovations, moving, staging your home to sell, office cleanouts or renovations – really anything! However, it can be a little easier said than done with finding a storage space, and there’s a lot to consider before you decide.

Many storage facilities have set regulations and rules specific to their operation, but there is also a general list of items which cannot be held in storage units everywhere. It’s important to know what these are so you can plan accordingly.

Firearms or ammunition

The first bullet point on this list is a bit subjective, because some storage facilities may have different rules or interpretations of what can be stored when it comes to firearms and ammunition. With firearms, some may allow it, but check with the facility to see what is and isn’t allowed.

With ammunition, more often than not, you’ll find it isn’t allowed due to its combustibility and flammability. Simply put: they can be a hazard.

Combustible or flammable items

Speaking of being combustible and flammable – you’ll want to avoid storing anything else that fits this description in your storage unit, too. These types of items are dangerous and can put both your belongings and the belongings of all other storage units at the facility in danger should they catch fire.

Medical supplies

Some medical supplies contain radioactive material, which can’t be kept in storage. This is an area where you want to be extremely cautious and also ask questions to find out what is and isn’t acceptable.

One thing worth considering: you don’t want to find yourself needing a certain medical supply when it’s packed away in storage, so it’s best to find somewhere else to keep these items.

Scented candles and soap

It might not seem like a big deal, but it can be more of an issue than you realize when keeping soaps and candles in storage. These can attract mice or rats, which would be a huge problem for you. Anything that gives off a smell like perfume or lotion should also be stored with caution.

Unregistered vehicles

Vehicle storage is extremely popular, but vehicles must be up to date on their registration and meet the necessary guidelines for storage in your particular state. Some states classify unregistered vehicles as an abandoned vehicle.

All five of the topics listed above should be kept in consideration when getting ready to place items in storage. Are you looking for a storage plan in the near future? Select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations offer safe and secure onsite storage! Click here to learn more.

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Five items to avoid packing in a storage unit


When it comes to relocation, downsizing, or just finding a place to keep some of your personal belongings for a designated period of time, storage options can be really handy solutions.

There are a few important things you should look for when finding a storage solution that best fits your needs, but also keep in mind what you can’t keep in a storage unit. Each storage unit facility has their own regulations and guidelines for what can and cannot be kept in their units, and it’s important to find out what those are  prior to making arrangements.

We’ve highlighted five items you should avoid storing.

Scented soaps and candles

Scented soaps and candles seem harmless, right? On the surface, yes. However, when it comes to keeping them in a storage unit, the strong scent is liable to attract vermin such as mice or rats. Anything with a strong smell like perfume, lotions, etc., should be stored with caution.

If you absolutely need to store these items, take extra precaution and wrap them in an airtight container.

Unregistered vehicles

Vehicle storage is still one of the top types of storage options that people seek out, but you want to make sure your vehicle registration is up-to-date and meets the guidelines within your particular state. Some states will classify unregistered vehicles as an abandoned vehicle.

Firearms and ammunition

Firearms in storage units can vary by facility, and generally there isn’t a single “one size fits all” answer. Some storage facilities prohibit the types of firearms stored, while others don’t allow it at all.

As for ammunition – this is not allowed in a storage facility because ammunition falls in the same line as combustible materials and presents a hazard to the storage facility.

Medical supplies

Use caution and talk with the storage company before deciding to store any medical supplies in your storage unit. Many medical equipment items contain radioactive material that isn’t legally allowed to be kept in a storage unit.

Combustible or flammable materials

It seems like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that you should never store flammable or combustible materials in a storage unit. These items are dangerous and prohibited, and put your storage unit belongings and the belongings of others in danger.

Keep all of this in mind before you start taking belongings to be kept at a storage facility. If you’re looking for storage needs, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers storage options at select franchises around the country. Click here to learn more!

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