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6 Things to Never Put In a Storage Unit When You Are Moving

By · May 11, 2021
6 Things to Never Put In a Storage Unit When You Are Moving

Whether you are moving and looking for a temporary place to hold your belongings while waiting for your new home to become ready to move in, moving to a smaller place and needing a safe place to store some of your belongings, or renovating your home, a storage unit is your best answer.

But, as much as you wanted to store as many items as you can in your storage unit, you must know that there are things you cannot store to avoid issues with the storage facility and for the safety of your belongings. So here’s the list of the things you should never put in a storage unit.

1. Food Items

A storage unit is not a place to store any food items. Never store any food and perishable items as these will attract pests and insects that can destroy not only things in your storage unit but also your neighbouring units as well. Plus, rotten and expired food will create a bad odour, giving way to bacteria and moulds to grow inside your storage unit. 

So before you move out of your old home, make sure to consume your food items or donate them if there are still remaining items on the day your Auckland movers or Wellington movers arrive.

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2. Hazardous Materials

Storage facilities don’t allow any items that can explode, burn or corrode, to be stored in their units. These items include chemicals, fuels, acids, pesticides, fertilizer, fireworks and other items that can pose a serious risk to humans and to the property. If unsure, you can inquire with the storage facility and ask for a list of items they prohibit. You can get evicted if the storage facility finds out you are storing such items.

3. Animals

Leaving a pet or any animals inside a storage unit is an act of cruelty and abuse, so never ever leave them in a storage facility. If it happens that you are no longer capable of taking care of them, the best thing to do is to have a family member or a friend take care of them, or take them to an animal shelter.

4. Plants

Plants need sunshine, water and fresh air in order to survive, so placing them in a storage facility is not ideal. Plus, plants attract pests and insects, which gives you more problems. What you should do instead is to have a family member or a friend plant-sit your beloved houseplants while you are moving.

5. Wet items

Before storing your items in your storage facility, make sure they are completely dry. Moisture plus cardboard boxes are a perfect combination for molds and mildew to thrive. You don’t want to discover any damaged items upon retrieving your belongings from your storage or even spend hours cleaning your stuff from all the moulds it accumulated.

6. Valuable Items

Storage facilities take precautions to keep their units secure but you still shouldn’t store any valuable items like money, jewellery and personal documents such as birth certificates, marriage license and passports. Keep these items with you when you move. 

Having the knowledge of what things to never put in a storage facility helps you take precautions in protecting your items and ensuring they are all in good condition by the time you move your items from storage. And when that time comes, you still need to take precautions and one thing to do is hire a moving company that can safely move your belongings. Wise Move is a platform that can help you with that. With its network of trusted and reliable Auckland movers, Wellington movers, and more moving companies across NZ, you will surely find the right one for you.

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