Items You Should Avoid Putting in a Storage Unit

By · October 31 2021
Items You Should Avoid Putting in a Storage Unit

Storage units offer short or long term options to keep your valuable items safe and secure. There are multiple reasons why people use these facilities, and these may include renovating a home, moving home or just additional space. Whatever reason you have, it is best to make sure that you can make the most out of your storage unit and store all items possible.  But of course, there are some items you should be aware of that are not allowed to be stored in a unit since these may cause some problems. 

Are you planning on using a storage unit? Curious about what items you can’t leave in your unit? You are in the right place. We have listed the items you should avoid putting in a storage unit.

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1. Food items 

If you are planning to use a storage unit as an offsite pantry, you need to think twice. Food items especially perishable food items such as meat, dairy and fresh produce is a big no. If you think grains, cereals and rice are okay, this is still not a good idea. Any food items will attract unwanted pests and rodents that may destroy the items inside your unit and the neighbouring unit which will cause a lot of trouble.

On the other hand, if you think canned goods are okay to be stored in a unit, better stop that idea. The temperature inside a storage unit can be much colder or hotter than the outside environment which will surely cause spoilage. This will start emitting unwanted odours and will create favourable conditions for bacteria and moulds to grow and spread to all the items in your unit. 

Make sure to consume the food items you still have. Avoid eating out and start cooking for the family. If you still have some left, you can also donate them to food banks in your area before your movers and packers Al Ain arrives. This is a win-win situation. You can help people in need and at the same time, lessen the items that your movers and packers need to pack and load to the moving truck, giving you more space for additional items.

2. Dangerous items

Hazardous chemicals and other dangerous items that may burn, corrode or explode should not be stored in a storage unit. You also need to take note that movers Al Ain and any movers in Abu Dhabi won’t move these items for you. If you want to bring it to your new home, you need to move it yourself. This includes items you find at homes such as fertilizers, pesticides, fuels, acids and even batteries. If you plan to store your vehicle, remove batteries and fuels from electronics to avoid possible risks. 

For you to avoid any issues such as eviction in the storage unit, be sure to ask the managing person of the storage units about what items are prohibited to be stored inside the facility. This will surely include any items that may pose serious threats to humans and the whole property. As they say, better safe than sorry.

3. Living things (plant and animals)

You may consider your storage unit as a haven but then again, you cannot keep any living things inside. Inside your unit is a dark closed space. Your beloved plants will never survive inside a unit since they need sunlight, fresh air, and water to survive. Additionally, plants may attract insects that will cause more problems. So, the best option you have is to ask someone, maybe a family or a friend to plant-sit your beloved plants if you momentarily can’t do it.

Additionally, just like plants, storing animals inside is definitely the worst idea you may think of. This is also considered an act of abuse and cruelty to animals. Remember, these beings are made to live and not to be stored. You may ask a family member or friend to take care of them for you if you are unable to do so. However, if you are no longer capable of taking care of your pets you may take them to an animal shelter. 

4. Valuable items

Each storage unit has its own padlocks for the people to secure their items inside and some even have guards to ensure safety around the facility. This sounds enticing to store your valuable items such as jewellery, important personal documents such as passports, licenses, birth certification and even money. However, if possible, avoid storing them in a storage unit.

Movers and Packers in Al Ain always advise customers like you to pack and move your valuable items by yourself. Why? This way, you are sure that these items are secured and will prevent possible loss or theft.

Additionally, avoid storing them in a unit. You do not know what items your neighbouring unit has. They might have some prohibited items that may cause fire or explosion which can surely damage your valuable items so better keep these items in a safe, deposit or bank.

5. Wet Items

Wet items should be avoided and make sure that all the items you will be stored in a storage facility are completely dry. When packing your items to be stored, make sure they are all dry. Check each item and make sure it is 100% dry especially if you are using cardboard boxes. These boxes combined with moisture will result in moulds, mildew and bacteria thriving. It will take you hours to save these items since you need to thoroughly clean them one by one. Or worse, these microorganisms may entirely destroy everything you have stored.

Taking note of these items you should avoid storing in your unit will indeed avoid possible problems. It could also be a challenge for you to move your items from your home to a storage facility. Worry no more. You can ask for help from trusted movers Al Ain. If you are not sure where to find them, you may want to use Wise Move. This platform will reach out to a network of professional moving companies all over the UAE.  You can assure that the movers on this platform are all professional, experienced, and well equipped. Make your move as easy and convenient as possible.

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