Opening up an abandoned storage unit can lead to some unique finds, like kitschy items from decades past, baseball cards worth thousands of dollars, and more.
Most items you find in a storage unit are legal, but there are something you can’t store in a storage unit. Before you sign a lease and rent your own storage unit, here are some items you should consider keeping home, as they’re prohibited (and oftentimes illegal) to keep at a storage facility.
Combustible and Corrosive Items
This includes propane, kerosene, gas, grease, oil, and anything else that can easily catch fire. Fertilizers, cleaners, and paint are also items that go against storage laws, and are unpermitted at a storage facility. In addition to any toxic materials, acid should also be kept home.
While pharmaceuticals are fine to store in a storage container if you are a pharmaceutical representative, illegal drugs of any kind are not. Storage rules are much like the general laws of the land, and in both cases, the storage of illegal narcotics is just that: illegal.
Hazardous and Radioactive Materials
Prohibited hazardous and radioactive materials include biological waste, fertilizers, asbestos, and really anything that could cause damage or illness.
More Than Four Tires
If you have a car you’d like to keep in your storage unit, you’re in luck—one registered vehicle can be stored in each unit. In many facilities, however, there is a limit placed on the number of tires allowed within each storage unit, and that number is four.
While canned goods and non-perishable food items are welcome in a storage unit, storage facilities prohibit you from keeping perishable items there, as these items can easily attract rats, mice, roaches, and other bugs that can cause damage to the property in your unit and other units within the facility. Not to mention, perishable items eventually rot and can lend an ominous odor no storage facility wants.