Things you can and can’t keep in your storage unit

Storage guide - August 29, 2019

When looking to rent a unit, our clients often have a few dilemmas about what types of items can they put into storage. If you were thinking, “I pay for this storage unit…I can put whatever I want in it.” Well, you are in for a big surprise. Carroll Gardens Movers offer premium storage units that are the perfect solution when it comes to a lot of your valuables. However, there are certain items that can never enter a storage unit for legal or safety reasons. Read this list of items you are not allowed to keep in your storage unit. Follow our simple rules because they exist for your safety. If you neglect them, you also neglect the safety of other tenants and the entire facility. Read our guidebook and you’ll prevent damage to your storage unit.

Items you can’t keep in your storage unit

You can’t keep perishables in our storage facility

Many people overlook or don’t put much importance into storing perishables. However, foods and plants are one of those things you can’t keep in your storage unit. Avoid putting anything that has an expiration date, even pet food in a storage unit. Just think what will happen to your storage and all its other contents when insects and rodents get a sniff of that food. They will most certainly find their way into your unit and start munching on the food.

RV under a beautiful nightsky filled with stars
As long as you have the proper documentation, you are permitted to store or park your vehicles at our facility 

Pests could easily damage all other items in the unit by chewing on them and even nesting there. You’d also be risking the possibility for infestation for the entire facility. The health risks are not something any reputable moving and storage company would allow. Especially if you don’t have a climate-controlled unit to prevent moisture and heat.

Animals you can’t keep in your storage unit

You can’t leave any animals in your unit! Even though this rule may seem obvious to some people, storing living, or dead animals are forbidden. Using any kind of storage unit, even the most luxurious or equipped ones to house a pet is cruel and will be condemned. When we say ‘condemned’, we mean it is illegal and we’ll apply proper measurements. If you are going on a vacation and cannot take your pet with you, you’ll have to make other arrangements. You should be hiring a sitter or leaving them in a pet hostel. Dead animals are a no-brainer and it should go without saying that you can’t keep them in your storage unit. Same as with perishables, they attract insects, vermin, mold, and disease.

Property that is not your own

If you don’t legally own something, no matter if you just wanted to do your friend a favor, you cannot store it in your unit. It may seem like a silly thing you can’t keep in a storage unit, but these rules are also here for your protection. If you have anything in your storage that isn’t yours, your Movers Ridgewood Queens NY will help you find another solution. And if somebody reports you holding a stolen item, you will get into serious trouble with the law.

Lap top, tablet, a pair of sunglasses on a desk
Make sure all batteries are removed from electronics, as they are corrosive and could damage your items over time when not in use

Hazardous materials

What we designate as a hazardous material is anything that can create potential danger in case of spilling.

The rule applies to:

  • corrosive materials,
  • chemicals,
  • odorous/noxious gases,
  • any toxic materials or
  • flammable containers,
  • gasoline,
  • compressed gas,
  • full propane tanks,
  • kerosene,
  • lamp and motor oils,
  • fertilizers,
  • paints,
  • cleaners.
  • And also asbestos and anything that contains asbestos.

All of these compounds have the dangerous potential of catching fire, exploding or causing a serious health problem. However, you can store your extra lawnmower in your unit, but you must first drain or empty gas and oil tanks.

Scented items or wet items in your storage unit are a bad idea as well

Although these items are not illegal, still, scented items can easily attract pests, just like food will. Wet items help mildew, mold, and bacteria to grow and could cause damage to your property. So double-check everything and ensure your unit is dry and without mold before locking it up.

Things you can’t keep in your storage unit: illegal substances

Drugs and drug-related paraphernalia should go without saying but we have to list it. Forbidden substances are strictly prohibited in your store because they are illegal.


You cannot put fireworks, ammunition, munitions and firearms, bombs and fireworks in your unit. If you are going away and don’t feel safe leaving such items in your empty house, enlist your local shooting range. They have the license and equipment to store items like firearms and ammunition, and many of those businesses offer storage options for these situations.

Unregistered vehicles

You have to have a current registration for your vehicles, whether you own a car, truck, boat, RV, trailer or motorcycle. And the registration has to be in your name. You cannot keep another person’s vehicle at our facility. It doesn’t matter if that person is a close friend or a family member.


This one is pretty self-explanatory, but if you have a big dilemma about it, here it is. You cannot live in your storage unit, no matter what the circumstances. You will also not be able to work from your unit. It is illegal, so if our security discovers that you’re is using a storage unit to sleep in or work from we’ll have to call the police to handle the situation.

Girl laying down in a bed of autumn leaves thinking about things you can't keep in your storage unit
Storage units can save time and space during a time of transition in your life as well

Now we can go over some items that you can keep in your storage unit if you don’t these already:

  1. Registered Vehicles
  2. Electronics
  3. Furniture
  4. Clothing
  5. Toys
  6. Household Appliances
  7. Office equipment
  8. Seasonal Items

Remember, these are not complete lists and thorough guidelines for items that you can and cannot keep in your storage unit. Call our storage facility manager who can help you decide which type of storage unit suits your needs the best They will also guide you through the list of permitted items. If you have any doubts or concerns, please free to call us or visit us at our facility.

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