What is self-storage?


Self-storage has become increasingly popular within the past few years with the rise of movable pods and storage units. Whether you need a storage unit for a month, on a long-term basis, or simply need something portable during a transient time, self-storage options are not going anywhere anytime soon, so you should be able to find a unit that fits your needs easily.

What is self-storage?

Self-storage is a fancy way to say you are renting a storage unit, locker, container, or outdoor space on a short or long-term basis to store your items.

What should you put in self-storage?

Not everything should or can go in self-storage so before you decide you’re going to pack up your entire home, store it, and then unload it when you’re ready – you’ll want to check the terms and conditions of your storage unit prior to use.

For instance, most storage units will not allow businesses or individuals to store anything that contains flammable fluid like a lawnmower, ATV, snowmobile, or motorized scooter. If you’d like to store these items, you must drain all fluid prior to storing.

Other items you should not put in self-storage include:

  • Unregistered or stolen vehicles
  • Weapons, illegal or licensed
  • Perishables as these will mold and attract wild rodents
  • Living animals or livestock

Items you should put in self-storage include:

  • Seasonal items such as holiday decor
  • Household goods like extra books, movies, games, clothes, kitchen or office items
  • Commercial goods like office furniture, supplies, inventory, equipment, or decor you’re not using
  • Extra appliances whether working or broken (until you sell or offload them)

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