Items you can’t put in a storage unit


Every home houses a great number of items that are usually either useless or considered “occasionally useful.” And the same goes for offices. These items tend to pile up over the years, as new ones are brought in. Every once in a while, a time comes for a big cleanup. And most of those items just end up being moved from one spot to another. Before you know it, there’s no more space for new stuff, and you’re surrounded by clutter. Now, there is a convenient way to store your less used belongings. By placing them in the best storage Boynton Beach can offer, you can significantly increase the usable space in your home. However, some items you can’t put in a storage unit. 

The argument that “you are paying for storage, thus you should be able to store anything inside” is not unfounded. But what happens when those items start to endanger other’s possessions or the lives of people? You can see how it’s not beneficial for anyone.

Why can’t you put some items in a storage unit?

You wouldn’t store dangerous materials in your living room, right? It is for the same reason we don’t allow them in our storage units. Materials that are hazardous, explosive, toxic, or radioactive present the risk to the health of our customers and our employees. And of course, to yours and their belongings.

Some materials can wreak havoc if handled or stored inappropriately.

So if you’re intent on storing something while our cross country movers Florida take care of your relocation, be sure to ask them if something is allowed in the storage unit. They will be more than happy to provide you with the info. And not because they are afraid you’ll blow them to smithereens (although it is a factor). But mostly because they are considerate of your wellbeing, and that of the other customers. So, without further ado, let’s get into the specifics of items you can’t put in a storage unit.

Dangerous materials or things that can go BOOM!

Items that are dangerous to health or can cause damage to yours and other people’s belongings shouldn’t be put in a storage unit. Included on this list are materials that are:

  • Hazardous
  • Toxic
  • Poisonous
  • Contagious
  • Explosive
  • Radioactive

Some common household items can be very dangerous if stored improperly. Things such as nail polish remover or cleaning products can be dangerous. Either because they are flammable, or because they can release fumes that can be dangerous if mixed. Or flammable. Or explosive. Chemistry is a funny thing.

Inoperable vehicles

Unless they are working, registered, and insured, vehicles are not allowed to be stored in a storage unit. And it goes for all motor vehicles:

  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Recreational Vehicles (RVs)
  • Motorcycles
  • Boats
  • Spaceships

If you wish to store any of these, you will be asked to show a valid driver’s license and both proof of registration and insurance. Otherwise, our vehicle movers will help you find a more appropriate location for them.

No spaceship will be allowed in our storage unit unless they are in working condition, registered, or insured. We will have some questions, though…

Perishables of every kind

You shouldn’t keep items that require refrigeration in the storage unit. Even in climate-controlled ones. This goes for any type of food item. Even long-lasting items, such as canned goods and bags of pet food. These items tend to attract pests and can cause severe sanitary problems. Being greeted by the smell of rotting meat or accidentally-made compost when you open a storage unit is the worst experience possible.

Stolen/illegal things

It is pretty self-explanatory, but we’ll briefly elaborate. We don’t want FBI, CIA or any other government agency with scary abbreviation knocking at our door. Therefore, no stolen goods, illegal contraband, and especially no drugs. They are bad and we don’t like them.

Weapons, ammo, and explosives

As we mentioned, dangerous items are not allowed on the premisses. And firearms, ammunition, and explosive devices fall in this category. So we will not allow any means of mass or directed destruction in the storage complex.

Living things, no matter the size, shape or form


It seems like everyone has that crazy uncle (or a variant of the same) in their family. You know, the one who comes to family gatherings and ends up embarrassing everyone. And nobody certainly wants him there. Well, sorry to break it to you, but we don’t want him either! Not only it’s inhumane, but it’s also highly illegal to keep any person in a storage unit. And that includes you, your friends, enemies, unwanted family members, and kidnapped people.


Yes, our storage facilities are spacious enough to house your Tibetan mastiff. No, that is not their purpose. Yes, we love animals, even those bred specifically for protection from bears. No, there are no bears in our storage units. Yes, they are big enough to house a bear. No, you’re not allowed to store a bear. How do you even go about getting a bear in the first place???

This is a bear in the wild. Exactly where we like him to be. Not in our storage.


We do love houseplants. We do not love the idea of the withering away, locked in our storage. Not to mention that they can attract bugs and other pests that can make place unhygienic. So no plants in the storage unit.

On a side note: don’t store wet items. It can cause mold and mildew to develop and start spreading unpleasant odors. Also, those still technically count as plants. So we’re including them on this list.

Count on us to provide you with valid info

If you’re unsure if a specific item can or can’t be put in a storage unit - feel free to ask us. No matter how busy we are, we will always be able to spare a few minutes to give you the information you need. We don’t shy away from giving answers. You shouldn’t be shy to ask them. After all, we are here for your convenience.

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