Not all moves are as simple as relocating from one home to another. If you need to store items between homes when you are moving, then using a moving company that also offers storage solutions is a big help. Yet, there are some things you shouldn't store. The following guide can help you decide what to leave out.
Avoid most food items
As a general rule, most food items aren't well-suited for a storage facility. The only exceptions are non-perishables that are stored in pest-proof containers, such as 5-gallon buckets or cans. Even then, the foods should only be stored for a short time and only if they won't be exposed to extreme summer heat. Never store perishables or food that is stored in bags or boxes, as these will either spoil or attract pests. If you do decide to store non-perishables, check with the storage facility to make sure it is allowed.
Give away lawn and workshop chemicals
Fertilizers, pesticides, paints, and paint thinners have no place in a storage facility. In fact, they can pose a major hazard if they were to ignite or spill, so many facilities ban them outright. If you're moving, see if any of your neighbors or friends can use them. The new owners may even allow you to leave them for their use. Otherwise, contact your waste disposal company to find out the best way to dispose of hazardous materials in your area.
Transport weapons on your own
A storage facility is never a place to store guns and ammunition. In fact, it's usually banned. Movers also won't knowingly transport guns, as it is illegal for them to do so. You must move your weapons and ammo on your own. Unless you have a carry license, you should lock up ammo and guns in a secure case and transport them yourself in your trunk. For those with special carry licensing, refer to the specific restrictions of your license.
Medication, even over the counter or excess prescription meds, shouldn't be kept in storage. Temperature fluctuations can affect the effectiveness of the medication. It can also be hard to access if you should need it. Another issue is that the scent and flavorings in some medications may attract pests. Instead, keep all medications with you or dispose of them if they aren't vital to your well being and can be easily replaced (such as an opened cough syrup bottle).
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