What Can't Be Stored

When deciding what to place in your storage unit, it is important to think about what might be prohibited from being stored. Common sense (not to mention several State and Federal Laws) dictates that certain items cannot be placed in a self storage facility. This is for the protection of not just you and your possessions, but also the storage facility's staff as well as other customers and their goods. At the time you sign your rental agreement, you will be acknowledging that you comprehend and accept the rules and limitations for what items can't be stored at a self storage facility.

As a basic rule, any item or material that is considered hazardous or alive will not be permitted.

In preparation for renting a storage unit, make out a preliminary inventory of the products you wish to store. Bring this with you to review with the storage office staff to make sure you'll be in complete compliance with the list of allowable items. If you are unsure of any of your items eligibility for self storage, just call the self storage facility to clarify any concerns that you may have. This will avoid any associated inconvenience prior to your arrival at the storage site.

Items that Need Special Consideration Prior to Storage

Hazardous, Combustible, Toxic Materials, and Chemicals CANNOT be put into self storage.

If an item is inherently unsafe, then it is ineligible for being stored at a self storage facility. Prohibited items include gasoline (unless in a vehicle), propane tanks, compressed gas, kerosene, oil, grease, acids, corrosives, fertilizers, paint, cleaners, chemicals, illicit drugs and medications, or dangerous, toxic or biological waste. Asbestos products are not permitted. You also can not store fireworks, dynamite, weapons or ammunition.

Food and Animal Products CANNOT be Kept in a Self Storage Unit

Food and animal products (such as grains, produce or meats) cannot be kept in storage units. These things can potentially spoil and attract pests and insects.
What not to store at San Clemente Self Storage

Cars, Trucks, ATVs, Motorcycles, Personal Water Craft, and Boats Need Special Care Before Storing

The storage of vehicles is very common at self storage facilities. However, they must have current registration, insurance, and be in functional order. If you are going to store a vehicle, you will need to provide San Clemente Self Storage with a copy of the current registration and insurance in your name. The vehicle will also need to remain in functional order. You will want to make sure that you have the vehicle “cleaned and tuned up” before you put it in long storage - dirt, dust, and grime are the enemy and can deteriorate paint, wiring, and rubber. For further hints on car storage, please see our "Car Storage" section.

Sales/Medical/Pharmaceutical Materials & Devices Need Special Consideration Before Being Put Into Self Storage

If you are a sales rep, you might find a self storage unit a hassle-free location to manage samples, such as medical supplies and pharmaceutical samples. Storage units are a great solution for keeping your products organized and easily accessible without littering up your office or filling up the trunk of your car. While a lot of materials are acceptable, radioactive devices, or anything that contains radioactive materials cannot be placed in a storage unit.

Construction Equipment Need Special Caution In Storage

For many contractors, the rental of a storage unit is the perfect solution for storing their equipment (particularly large items). Storage units offer the hassle-free ability to pick up or drop off your equipment as you go to and from a job! Not to mention, storage unit rental at San Clemente Self Storage is on a month to month basis, which is great for short term jobs. Be careful though in how you store heavy or dangerous equipment.

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items

Any animals or plants -- alive or dead -- are prohibited from being kept in self storage units. Stolen items or illegal paraphernalia are also no-no’s. The use of the facility's electrical outlets is prohibited. For example, the facility's electricity cannot be used to run refrigerators, generators, space heaters, freezers, or for the purpose of living in the storage unit or other personal uses. Storage units must be used for storage of permissible items only and cannot be used for other purposes such as band practice, offices, conducting business, sleeping, or parties.

If you have any question about the items you wish to place in storage, always take the conservative route and ask our staff at San Clemente Self Storage for prior approval. Remember, most self storage facilities have security cameras which catch folks trying to store items that they should not store, not to mention that some facilities have their property searched every other month by local law enforcement officials who use “police dogs” to sniff out unwanted items.

We hope that these Storage Tips have given you a plethora of helpful hints that will make your storage experience very positive. If you still are trying to decide what size storage unit you need, please check out our interactive "Storage Calculator" on this website.

Please come visit us at San Clemente Self Storage to meet our friendly staff and to get a tour of our wonderful facility. For directions and an interactive map, simply click on the Directions tab or call us at 949-366-1133.