The Do’s and Dont’s of Self-Storage


Self-Storage is an incredibly handy, simple and secure solution to one of life’s biggest frustrations: the need for space. Whether you are planning a house move, a renovation or are simply just looking to free up some extra space, putting items into storage can often feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders.

To ensure your self-storage experience goes according to plan, we’ve put together this handy list of Do’s and Don’ts for you to refer to when packing items away. This is because some items are not always suitable for storage, so be sure to refer to this list before bringing things to your local Storage facility.

Combustible, Flammable, Hazardous or Toxic Materials

Materials in this category are considered dangerous and can include gasoline, compressed gas, propane tanks, kerosene, lamp and motor oil, acid, grease, corrosives, fertilizers, cleaners, chemicals, or hazardous, toxic/biological waste. Items such as these are too volatile to be stored in a regular storage facility, and require storage at a specialist facility or plant. You also cannot store fireworks or explosives.

Certain materials and liquids can not be stored at normal self-stoage facilities.

Medical or Pharmaceutical Supplies & Equipment

A self-storage facility could be an ideal solution for people such as medical sales representatives. You may find that a self-storage unit is an ideal environment to manage medical supplies and pharmaceutical samples. These units are a useful way to keep products organized and easily accessible without filling your home with countless boxes and pieces of equipment. However, radioactive equipment or materials cannot legally and safely be stored.

Construction Equipment

Those who work in construction are sure to know the frustrations of finding space for equipment and tools, especially when space in the back of the van starts to run out. A self-storage container can be a great place to store construction items, however, some construction equipment is prohibited, so it’s worth calling Incredible Bulk Storage to check-in first.

Foods and Perishable Items

Storing all of those ‘incredibly bulky'(see what we did there) kitchen items can be a great way to make some extra space in your home, especially when you’re looking to move house, or clear a space for a spring clean. However, it’s best to know the do’s and dont’s of these particular items before storing. Tinned food products may be stored in self-storage units, but perishable food products (E.g. pet food, produce or meat) are not allowed as the items may spoil or attract pests.

Certain foods can perish, rot and attract vermin meaning that they are not allowed in self-storage.

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