Restrictions

Nearly all storage companies will have restrictions on what they will allow you to store on their premises. These restrictions are to protect both the storage company and the items being stored. What a storage company allows will vary. One storage company may not allow storage of expensive jewelry while another does allow it.

When you visit or phone the storage company for the first time, ask them what items they do not allow. Generally they will have a published list that you can take home with you to review. This list is often similar to the list of items a moving company will not transport for you.

Read this section before doing your own packing and loading. You do not want to arrive at the warehouse and find that you are not allowed to store some or all of your carefully packed items. Understand which items you can and cannot store and which items you should not pack yourself. You may need professionals to pack up complicated items, like exercise equipment. The following list serves as a guide on what not to put in storage. Contact your storage facility directly for specific questions.
Hazardous Materials / Combustible Materials / Aerosols

The storage company does not want items in storage that can potentially combust or explode and destroy everything in the warehouse.

Flammables, corrosives or explosives
Examples: Acid / Gasoline Poisons / Charcoal / Lighter Fluid
Fertilizer / Paints / Car Batteries / Matches
Nail Polish & Remover / Ammunition / Liquid Bleach / Stern
Aerosols / Kerosene / Pool Chemicals / Chemistry Sets
Fireworks / Pesticides / Motor Oil / Paint Thinner
Batteries / Loaded Weapons / Weed Killer / Ammonia
Lamp Oil / Propane Tanks / Cleaning Fluid

Perishables
Warehouses that store personal belongings will not allow perishable food items. Food items can attract vermin, rodents, pests and bugs. Infestation can cause a large amount of damage and the cost of the damage can be enormous. Most insurance companies will not insure your goods if they are stored with perishable food products. Note: There are specialized warehouses that store perishable food items for short periods of time in conditioned storage.

Plants
Plants are notorious for not traveling very well and often die in transit or in storage. Most storage facilities will not allow plants because some attract insects. Many states have rules and regulations that prohibit the entry of plants. This is to minimize the risk of bringing new pests into the state, which can quickly grow in numbers and destroy cash crops. Contact the department of agriculture before moving any plants across state lines.

Other Items
There are some other articles that you need to make sure your storage facility will allow. You also may find it difficult to have these items moved by a mover. The moving companies assume no responsibility should these items come into his/her possession without his/her knowledge. These articles do not create a physical threat but they can create problems if your shipment is delayed or items are lost in transit or while in storage. Some of the items, such as computer disks, may be stored in specialized storage designed to keep them safe and secure.

Examples: Address Books / Files / Personal Video Tapes
Air Line Tickets / Financial Statements / Photos and Albums
Car Keys /Furs /Research Projects
Bond /Deeds/Tax Records / School Records
Check Books / Jewelry / Sterling Silver
Coins / Letters / Stocks / Stamp Collection
Computer Software/Disks / Medicine

High Value / Extraordinary Value Items
It is not advisable to store items of extraordinary value in a storage facility, unless the facility specializes in storing these items. Specialized facilities may include cold dark vaults for furs or safety deposit boxes for jewelry. Items over $100.00 per pound, per article are generally defined as extraordinary or high value items. Be sure to ask your storage company for their definition of high value.

Examples: Antiques / Crystal / Precious Stones or Gems
Art Collections / Currency / Silver and Silverware
Cameras / Figurines / Video Cameras
Computer Software / Furs
Coin Collection / Oriental Rugs

Firearms
Generally storage companies will not allow you to store guns or ammunition. There are some facilities that will allow you to store these items, however you will be required to follow strict security guidelines.

Stolen and illegal goods
You probably shouldn’t be stealing things. If you do have stolen items or illegal good, they are not welcome in storage facilities.