Utilizing a storage facility when moving can be appealing. After all, out of site IS out of mind. But, there are some things that you shouldn’t store in a storage facility and we’ve put together a list of some of those things to help you save yourself from a major hassle prior to moving!
- Plants. I’m not sure why you would want to store a plant in a storage unit because most plants need watered and fed (unless we’re talking cacti!) , but because plants attract insects, you can’t store them in a storage unit. In addition, there are some plants that can’t be transported over state lines. Contact the Department of Agriculture to make sure your plants aren’t on that list for your state!
- Hazardous or toxic materials. While these two things may seem obvious, you may overlook them simply because you don’t really consider them dangerous. For example, gasoline left in the spare gas can. Or, how about kerosene from an old oil lamp? Paint thinners, paint, and propane tanks too. (Told you these are two items that are easily overlooked!)
- Guns and other weapons. Some storage facilities do allow you to store guns or other weapons, provided that the ammunition is kept separate from the firearm. However, I strongly discourage this simply because no matter what type of security the facility has, there’s always a possibility that someone could illegally enter your storage locker and steal your weapons. You certainly don’t want that responsibility!
- Perishables. This one should go without saying- no food, no kitty litter, no drinks, etc.
- High-value items. While it’s certainly not illegal to store high-ticket items in your storage unit, I consider it very unwise. Keep your expensive stuff within arms reach and not across town.
Off-site storage can provide an excellent alternative to keeping things underfoot, but save yourself a headache and make sure you don’t inadvertently pack something away that you shouldn’t have!