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What You Should Not Keep in Self Storage

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There are any belongings you should not store--before, during and after a move. Read on to find out what items should be kept in temperature-controlled units, and what items should be kept out of self storage completely.

Non-temperature controlled storage

Non-temperature-controlled units are prone to extreme levels of hot and cold depending on the weather. For that reason, they should never be used to store the following:

Photographs
Photographs--especially older ones--can be ruined beyond repair if you box them away. This is even more of an issue if you do not have copies.

Books
Books' pages are especially prone to humid and damp conditions.

Electronics
Low or high temperatures can signal the death knell of your electronics, regardless of whether they're expensive or not.

Vintage Items and Antiques
You shouldn't keep furs and delicate clothing (for example, a wedding dress or anything made of lace) in non-temperature controlled storage due to the possibility of yellowing, mold and mildew. The same goes for antique furniture and artwork.

All storage units

The following items should not be held in self storage (temperature-controlled or not) for any reason due to the possibility of theft and fire:

Valuables
Most self storage is monitored and secure, but there is still a chance of theft. Money and other valuables like expensive jewellery should not be placed inside a storage unit.

Important legal documents
Storing important legal documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, deeds, wills, passports, medical documents and other paperwork of a sensitive nature could you leave you open to identity theft.

Irreplaceable items
Store family heirlooms, one of a kind collections, antiques, artwork and anything irreplaceable in a more secure environment to avoid theft and damage.

TIP: Don't know what to do with an item you shouldn't keep in storage? Rent a safe deposit box at your local bank to look after all your valuables.

Prohibited items
Not all items are allowed in self storage. If you do your research with your storage company you will realize many items are prohibited, including explosives, flammable items, animals, plants, food, illegal and stolen items-- as well as living inside your unit.

Get self storage

Now that you know what should not be stored, it's time to find storage near you. To begin, simply fill out this fast and easy quote form to find storage units in your area.

Once you have chosen a company, don't forget to ask if their units are temperature controlled so you can better determine what should and should not be stored. Also be sure to ask about their insurance packages to protect your items from damage or theft.

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on September 30, 2014

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