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

By ยท May 27 2021
6 Things to Never Put In a Storage Unit When You Are Moving

Storage units can be used for many different reasons. Whether you are moving and you need a place to store your items while waiting for your new home to become ready to move in, downsizing and you can't fit all your stuff into your new house, or maybe you are renovating your home, renting a storage unit is your best option. 

When renting a storage unit, you should be informed about the rules and restrictions on what you cannot store to avoid issues with the storage facility and for the safety of your belongings.  To help you out we've compiled a list of items you should never put in a storage unit. 


You should never ever put food inside the storage unit. Food and any perishable items left for a prolonged period of time will attract pests and insects that can destroy not only your storage unit but also your neighbouring unit as well. Not only that, rotten and expired foods will also create unpleasant odours giving way for bacteria and moulds to grow inside your storage unit. To avoid this, be sure to cook and consume your food items before you move out. 

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Hazardous materials

Storage facilities won't allow hazardous and combustible materials such as biological waste, propane gill, fuel, fertilizers, paint and cleaning supplies that can cause serious damage to the property and health issues to the exposed staff. If unsure, you can inquire with the storage facility and ask for a list of items they prohibit. You could get evicted if found out. Even worse, all of your stuff could go up in flames as a result of storing such items. 


Who would want to leave a live animal inside their storage unit? Leaving a pet or animal inside a storage unit is an act of cruelty and abuse. Pets are always better in a loving and safe environment. You can leave your furball with a friend or any other trustworthy person or you can also hire a pet sitter. 


Your plants will not do well in a storage unit. Plants need sunshine, water and fresh air to grow so placing them in a storage facility is not ideal. Also, plants can attract pests and insects which might create more problems. Ask a friend to plant-sit for you or store them with family and friends while you finish your move. 

Wet items 

Moisture or anything damp can immediately produce moulds in your unit. Before you put items in a storage unit it is strongly recommended that they are 100% dry. You don’t want to discover any damaged items upon retrieving your belongings from your storage or even waste hours cleaning your stuff from all the moulds it accumulated. 

Valuable items

A storage unit is not an ideal place to store your valuables, such as family heirlooms, antiques, paintings, jewellery and your personal documents such as birth certificates and passports. Be sure to keep your valuables safe with you when you move. 

Now that you already know what can and cannot be stored inside the storage unit, it’s time to look for a moving company to help you move your belongings. Hiring a reputable moving company through Top Move will help you achieve your goal. Ensure a stress-free move and get quotes from Canada’s best moving companies in just one enquiry