What Should You Avoid Putting in Self-Storage?


Self-storage is becoming increasingly popular – not just businessmen, but even normal people use self-storage facilities to store their household goods and other items. These facilities are essentially a storage to store anything you don’t want to keep at home and to reduce clutter – but it’s very important to remember that by anything, the self-store companies obviously want you to refrain from storing certain goods. By this, I don’t simply mean illegal goods and the like – there are some perfectly normal items you use at home, but which should never find their way into a storage facility.

Any storage space of a self-storage is actually not checked by the staff for the most part; whilst the staff does provide a certain degree of security (which can, depending on the company, even consist of biometric access systems), the staff usually doesn’t access the customer storages.

In fact, most self-storage facilities require the customers to provide their own lock and key to their storage space in Christchurch, so the chance of them accessing it is next to none (at least, until the rental expires). This is an important point to keep in mind: while this guarantees privacy, it also means that if you stored something that shouldn’t be stored (and it ends up damaging your other goods) chances are you probably won’t know until you decide to retrieve or check your goods.

Therefore, it’s important to take care when picking the goods that will go into self-storage. Below are some common objects that you need to refrain from storing:

• Combustibles – any fuels or anything that has a chance of catching fire, like aerosols, thinner or paint, is a no-no in a self-storage!

• Perfumes – perfumes are usually stored in glass containers, so the chances that they might break are pretty high. And in such a case, there’s no need to further explain the stench that might result – it’d be very, very far from a rose wonderland, if anything.

• Food – food items have a chance of attracting mice and other insects, so it’s best to lay off them. Canned goods should be fine, but overall, it’s best to refrain from storing food and similar perishables.

• Living things – well, as if this wasn’t obvious enough! By this, I don’t mean you or anyone else – I am mostly referring to pets (who could do such a thing, you say? The truth is that there have been such cases) and also, plants. It’s a self-storage, not a pet hotel or a greenhouse, after all.

Besides these, you should also never store weapons or any hazardous materials like chemicals (even detergents you use at home!). If you’re unsure of certain goods, it’s always best to check up with your self-storage company – so that you’ll avoid any problems later on!