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  • What Can and Cannot Be Stored Inside Your Self Storage Unit 

    What Can and Cannot Be Stored Inside Your Self Storage Unit 

    Storage units are becoming increasingly important as our lives get busier and real estate gets costlier! With working from home becoming the new norm, we find the need to declutter our living space to make room for office stuff – often this involves converting a bedroom into an office room or creating a nook in the living room. Either way, adjustments need to be made and furniture needs to get moved around or taken out of the way. A self-storage unit comes in handy to help you make room for change. Storage units provide you with convenient access to your belongings when you need them. There are many distinct types of storage units available, including self-storage units, climate controlled storage units, and temperature controlled storage units.  Self storage units are great if you need extra space for your possessions. You should keep in mind that there are certain things that cannot be stored in them. For example, you cannot store anything that is dangerous or illegal. You cannot store any kind of animal or pet, either. You most definitely cannot allow anyone to stay there – it is not a loft! You also cannot store anything that will cause damage to the property or other things in your storage unit.  Self-Storage Units are rented out to store items that you need to keep safe or get out of the way. You can rent a self-storage unit for short-term or long-term use. Self storage units come in varied sizes and shapes. Some are designed for specific types of items like furniture, while others are meant for general-purpose storage. Depending on what you want stowed away, you need to pick the right kind of space.  What Cannot Be Stored or is Prohibited inside your Self Storage Unit  Self-storage is a practical choice for storing all kinds of stuff. There are many lists about what you should and should not put in your self-storage unit. Most of them are straightforward and appeal to good, common sense. We will cover 9 broad categories of items you should not keep in storage.  9 categories of items you should never keep in Self Storage Hazardous Materials  Storage facilities must follow local, state, and federal regulations governing the storage of hazardous substances. These regulations require that storage units meet certain standards regarding safety, security, accessibility, and cleanliness. Storage facilities also need to provide adequate signage, lighting, and access routes. Hazardous materials may include chemicals, radioactive materials, biohazards, flammable gases, combustible items, and other dangerous substances.  Animals, People and Plants  Self-storage units are great if you want to store inanimate possessions while you go out of town. It is unsuitable for people and animals to stay in. The storage unit is closed the whole time that you are away, and no one is allowed to open it in your absence. This means that should a person or animal be locked away inside, they will fall sick with insufficient food and water. Pets can get sick, and even worse, they can spread germs around the facility. If your pet gets sick, you could end up paying thousands of rupees to treat it. If you are prone to allergies, you would not want to risk getting sick yourself. It is not advisable even to leave live plants in your storage unit – they are bound to whither without proper care.  Perishables  Food items such as meat, fruits, vegetables, eggs, and dairy products need to be stored in a refrigerator. Unless your storage unit has this facility, it is best not to store food within it. They could spoil or attract pests. Other food items such as grains, sugar, salt, etc. can be stored in airtight containers to prevent bug infestations. However, it is best to avoid storing food articles in your storage unit entirely.  Any substances that could disturb other customers or other customers’ units  Perishable foods like meat, dairy products, eggs, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, etc., are all susceptible to spoilage due to bacteria growth. Mouldy food can cause illness. Food waste can cause pollution. Garbage can cause environmental damage. These can attract pests and lead to an infestation that can cause damage to the entire facility.  Wet Items  Make sure your belongings are completely dry before putting them in a storage unit. Mould, mildew, and other harmful organisms thrive when there is moisture present. If you store wet items, they could become infested with mould, mildew, and bacteria. These organisms can cause serious health problems, including respiratory illness, skin irritation, eye infections, headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and even death.  It is important to keep everything stored in your self-storage units clean and free of moisture. If you see any signs of mould, mildew, or other forms of decay, then you need to get rid of those items immediately. You should also check if any of your belongings are damp or waterlogged. If they are, then you need to move them out of your storage unit as soon as possible. Mould spores are everywhere, so if you do not ensure your items are moisture-free, you might end up with an unpleasant surprise when you unpack.  Unregistered Vehicles  Storage facilities must register all vehicles before storing them. Vehicles must be fully operational and insured. There are also additional requirements for the type of vehicle you wish to store. For example, if you plan to store a car or motorcycle, you will need to provide proof of ownership, registration, and insurance.   Combustible or flammable substances  Storage units are not fireproof. Items like gas, paint, petrol, or cleaning solvents can cause damage to both the unit and the contents. If you store anything that is flammable, you should keep it away from any heat sources. You should ensure that there is adequate ventilation in the storage area. The storage facility manager should also be duly informed of what inflammable items you have in your unit and in what quantity.  Money, Jewellery, and anything ‘priceless’  While all storage facilities are under 24-hour surveillance and […]

  • How box storage can make more space for your needs

    How box storage can make more space for your needs

    Whether it is our home, office, or even public transportation, space is a luxury. Lack of space is a constant challenge. Things tend to get stacked up and stashed away in our cramped or cluttered homes and take up valuable real estate. In most cases, we are helpless because where else can you keep them? While you can’t demand more legroom in flights or a bigger cubicle at work, adjusting your home for better living is definitely under your control. No, we’re not suggesting that you throw your precious items away. We know that some of these items will have memories attached to them, even if they aren’t frequently used. Instead, the easiest thing to do is collect them all in a box and store them at a self-storage facility. With Self Storage India’s Box Storage option, you can ensure your boxed items have a lovely home for themselves while you make the most of your new-found freedom and space. Box Storage typically takes up less area and does not require renting a full room. It’s midway between a private room and a utility locker in terms of size. It also helps you save money. So, if you have just a bunch of boxes, a private room may be too large for your needs, but box storage would be just right. Clearing Out Your Belongings Thinking in terms of boxes is an inherent human tendency. Whenever we see cluttered space, the most convenient way of clearing it up is to thrust them all into a box. In some cases, people even tend to hold on to huge boxes specifically to store and stack. What this leads to is a bunch of boxes lying at different corners of the house. These could be old toys, books, clothes, utensils, equipment, CDs, cassettes, etc. As time goes on, the pile keeps adding up. If your family is growing, more boxes will crop up. Sometimes, we have a hard time letting go of old items and keep them aside for possible future use. These tend to be gifts, old devices, clothes, showpieces, etc. The result is a cluttered or cramped home with limited space for anything else. It’s not just your house that can end up being a collection spot; your office space can also be one. Over time, your office desk and drawers tend to fill up with stationery, files, and even assorted items like coffee mugs, office gifts, etc. If your desk is too clogged up, it can hamper your productivity. Studies have shown that a clean desk can improve your focus. With Self Storage India’s Box Storage facility, you do not have to worry about unused items eating away into your productivity. Just pack them all inside boxes and head over to a Self Storage India warehouse. On renting a Box Storage facility, you get access to nine sq. ft. of space with high ceilings. Keeping this in mind, customers can manage their box sizes and numbers. It’s convenient and economical at the same time. Do remember to store your heavy boxes at the bottom and choose heavy-duty boxes that are stackable. Here are some common items that are generally boxed. Decorative items Decorative items are probably the least used items. They come out of their boxes only on festive occasions, usually once a year, or when you have special guests over. This can include showpieces, crockery, decorative objects, fancy lighting, objects used during festivals, etc. Appliances You can never have too much space in the kitchen when appliances keep piling up. In some cases, we tend to have more than one variant of the same object. Sometimes it can even be more than one oven. If there are many of these things you are not currently using, then it is time to box them up. Valuable items Whether it is an inherited heirloom or something you purchased on a trip abroad, these priceless items cannot be let go. Instead of keeping them home, a box storage unit can be the right place to keep these precious items until a new home is found for them. Books Let’s be honest. Most of us have books lying around at home that aren’t read. Eventually, they find their way into a box where they stay inside for eternity or until you give them away. Parting with books can also be sacrilegious to some. Why not send that box to Self Storage India’s Box Storage. Memorabilia Many of us might have old collections of cassettes or DVDs or photo albums from the pre-digital era. Much of it will just be sitting inside a box and taking up space. Make way for a decluttered environment without sacrificing your memories. Self Storage India’s uniquely-designed Box Storage units are perfect for these and many other requirements. As long as your items are non-perishable, our safe and secure rooms are available at your disposal. Box Storage Benefits Once inside a Box Storage, you need not have even an ounce of fear regarding its safety. Self Storage India takes precautions at all of its warehouses. Renting a unit comes with a bunch of features. One of them is our complimentary pest control service and no one is allowed to eat, drink, or smoke around the area so that infestation and other hazards are kept at bay. Here are some standard protocols followed at all Self Storage India godowns: 1. Hygiene and Cleanliness Knowing the current environment, we have taken adequate measures to ensure that the premises are kept clean and sanitized. We require both our visitors and our staff to take precautionary measures and follow standard Covid-19 norms such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, sanitizing their hands, etc. 2. Security Our CCTV cameras provide 24/7 surveillance. We also have security guards stationed at our warehouses at all times who monitor the premises. A dedicated staff member is also present during work hours to attend to your needs with the utmost privacy. 3. Plastic Pallets We provide 6-inch-high sturdy plastic pallets to keep your boxes instead of just laying them on the floor. The pallets ensure better ventilation around and under your packages. It curbs moisture, especially […]