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What Not to Put Into your Storage Unit

Written by  Tuesday, 20 December 2016 00:00
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Having a self-storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO can be beneficial in more ways than one. You can trust our facility to keep your items safe and secure during their stay, as long as you follow the rules and avoid placing any of the following items in your unit.

Yourself and Family

It may seem tempting to live in a storage unit but you really would regret it in the long run. Not only do you lack the necessary amenities, but the law simply prohibits setting up a residence in a storage unit.


If you can’t live in a storage unit, neither can your pet. A storage unit does not provide the adequate living amenities for your pet to be comfortable. Storing pets in a storage unit falls under animal cruelty and you could be prosecuted.


Unless it is your goal to kill all of your living plants and create a rotting mess, please don’t store plants in a storage unit. Plants need sunlight, fresh air, and water to survive, all of which are not available in a storage unit. Plants will also attract unwanted guests that could cause damage to the items you are storing in your unit.

Firearms, Munitions, Gunpowder and Explosives

The restriction of storing these items is purely for the protection of you and others renting units next to yours. If one of these items is triggered and causes harm, you will be held accountable. Punishment for storing these items and having an accident occur usually results in spending time in a federal facility.


Perishable items can and will go bad after sitting in a space for a period of time. Storing food in a storage unit will attract unwanted guests. Rodents and insects are attracted to the smell of the food and will soon start making a home for themselves in your belongings causing extreme amounts of damage. That is why we don’t recommend storing food in your unit. The only exception to this rule is canned goods.

Hazardous Materials

The potential harm these materials can cause to your valuables, as well as those who are renting units around you is why we don’t want you to store hazardous materials or waste. This includes lead paint, asbestos, urea formaldehyde, polychlorinated biphenyl, petroleum, petroleum products and constituents, methane, medical waste, toxic substances and related materials.


Storage units are not equipped to keep your cash as safe as a bank could. We recommend talking to your local bank teller to ensure that all of your cash is kept out of harm’s way.

For more information regarding what you can and cannot store in your self-storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette, CO, give us a call today.

Last modified on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:24