5 Items You Should Never Leave in Your Storage Unit

Moving overseas or across Canada isn’t always so straightforward. Sometimes we need to store our personal items in lockers before they can be sent to their final destination. If you require temporary or long-term storage for your household items, you can rest assured that King’s Transfer Moving & Storage will help you safely and securely store your possessions in temperature-controlled government-approved units.

However, there are some items that simply don’t belong in one of our—or any—storage unit.

#1: Scented Items

 Any item that smells good (or bad) acts like a beacon for insects and other pests that could make their way inside the storage unit and take up residence. We suggest that you pack only items with neutral odours. Items to avoid include:

  • Scented candles
  • Cork
  • Taxidermy
  • Food items, even if unopened
  • Water bottles
  • Animal food/bird seed

If you absolutely must pack something that might smell good to a pest, make sure that it is completely sealed before sending into storage.

#2: Living Things 

There have been many cases all over the world of people renting out storage units to live in. Not only is this illegal, it’s unsafe and unfit for living beings. This also extends to pets and plants. Storage units are no place for animals, and plants need fresh air and sunlight to survive. Besides, living things produce moisture and give off a scent , which we have already determined is a recipe for infestation.

#3: Hazardous Materials 

Some people think of a storage unit as a garage. It’s not uncommon that people try to pack their cleaning products, pesticides, and car batteries; however, these items can be hazardous if spilled. Hazardous materials include anything that’s corrosive, flammable, and explosive.  Any combination of these three can also damage property and potentially hurt someone. Common hazardous materials include:

  • Gasoline
  • Propane
  • Motor oils
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Bleach
  • Weed killers
  • Alcohol
  • Ammunition
  • Fireworks

Our advice is to get rid of these items before your move. Contact your local 411 to find out how and where to properly dispose of your hazardous materials.

#4: Wet Items

Although our storage units are climate-controlled, we don’t suggest leaving anything in your unit that could potentially grow mould or mildew. That includes wet mops, damp sleeping bags, soil, sporting equipment, and food boxes. Our advice is to make sure all of your items are completely dried out before putting them into storage.

#5: Illegal Items              

 King’s Transfer Moving & Storage has a strict policy against storing illegal substances or stolen goods. That includes narcotics, illicit pornography, as well as  unregistered firearms and weapons. In the event that a police investigation leads to a search warrant, we are obligated to fully comply with law enforcement.

Do you need to store your belongings? Contact King’s Transfer Moving & Storage today for a free estimate!