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What Can and Cannot Go Into a Commercial Storage Unit

January 3, 2023 by CRS Corporate Relocation SystemsCommercial Storage

Your storage needs may range from professional or personal to temporary or long-term. No matter what your inventory includes, most commercial storage units are equipped to handle a wide variety of different items with different requirements. Adjustable racks and climate-controlled facilities are major perks that help ensure quality control of most items, though there are still some limitations. 

If you are trying to decipher whether or not you can store your items in a local storage facility, CRS Moving & Storage has put together a guide detailing what is generally acceptable and what is not. 

What Cannot Go Into Your Commercial Storage Unit

If you find a local storage facility with the right perks, you are likely to safely store any merchandise or furniture you need to without worry of damage or destruction. However, even though most facilities are happy to help with your specific needs, there are still a couple of items you cannot store, including the following: 

Hazardous Substances

It may seem obvious, but most commercial storage facilities will not allow you to store hazardous materials, such as gasoline, propane, oils, chemicals, or aerosols. This is due to their flammable nature, which puts your items and other clients’ items at risk. You may not think you have any hazardous substances, but don’t forget about the cooking sprays or weed killers when you’re packing up the home storage boxes. 

If you have any unwanted substances or hazardous materials you are looking to safely discard, CRS Moving & Storage offers liquidation services in addition to storage so that you may safely dispose of or recycle any potentially toxic substances. 

Anything Living

Only fake plants in your storage unit, please. Even if you are in between moves and just need a temporary place for your cat, your storage facility cannot act as a pet hotel. Nothing living may be stored in a commercial storage facility, even if the unit is climate controlled or has 24/7 access.


Most foods are not suitable for storage in a facility. Anything that is perishable can rot and attract bugs or rats, which can lead to the destruction of your other property. Some facilities may allow non-perishable items, like canned goods, to be stored if they are kept together in a sealed bin or container. If you are unsure, you can always ask an onsite professional for the specific regulations and rules. 

What Can Go Into Your Commercial Storage Unit

Minus a few specific items, your commercial storage unit is equipped to handle most anyone’s needs! A couple of examples of what you can safely store in your unit include: 

  • Office furniture
  • IT equipment or other technology 
  • Restaurant overflow, like chairs or tables
  • Seasonal merchandise
  • Important documents 
  • Household goods and appliances

A storage unit is a cost-effective way to maintain excess inventory safely. 

Speak With a New York Storage Professional Today

CRS Moving & Storage has five centrally located facilities, all of which are designed to keep your goods and merchandise safe. Built from fireproof steel and concrete, our units are climate controlled and monitored regularly by onsite staff and an in-house inventory management system. Our team of professionals will provide you with a free logistics plan to calculate the most cost-effective way to safely and efficiently store your items. 

Whether it’s for a few months while your business switches to a new office or it’s a new long-term solution for a crowded garage, CRS Moving & Storage is here to help. To discuss our fees and other perks, please give one of our team members a call at (718) 424-6000 or fill out our contact form.

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