Self storage units are great for organizing your life by freeing up space. You can store just about anything in them, however, there are certain items you should not put in your storage unit.
1.) Hazardous materials
Any type of material that could potentially catch fire or explode isn’t allowed in self storage units. Although this might seem obvious, sometimes hazardous materials are in common pieces of equipment such as the gas in a lawn mower, or aerosol cans from packing up kitchen supplies. If you are unsure about how to dispose of hazardous materials check with the Public Works Department in College Station.
2.) Plants and animals
Now this might also be a no-brainer, however, it is important to note that plants and animals are definitely not allowed to be stored in a self storage unit. Firstly, the moisture in the soil of a plant could lead to mildew, mold, and insect issues. Secondly, the plant would simply die. Storing animals of any kind even for a short period is inhumane, so if you need to store your pet snake or hampster briefly while moving, try asking mom or dad!
3.) Perishable items
Essentially anything that would need to be kept in a fridge or freezer is considered perishable. However, if you choose to store non-perishable food items such as grains or beans, ensure you store them in strong air-tight containers to fend off the potential rodents that can sniff out the foods.
4.) Wet items
No one likes the smell of mildew or mold and this can be caused from storing wet items in your self storage unit. Especially if you have clothes in the storage unit, the damp items being stored will transfer to the clothing leaving a bad smell. If you are stuck moving into your self storage unit in the rain, make sure you bring towels and possibly some moisture absorption packets to put in the corners of the storage unit. Bonus tip - put an open bag of kitty litter in the corner of your self storage unit to help soak up any moisture in the air.
5.) Very important documents or valuable items
Although we ensure our self storage units are extremely safe and have 24/7 security, it is recommended to not store very important documents or valuable items in your self storage unit. Your passport, birth certificates, or precious jewelry should be kept in a safety deposit box at your local bank.
If you have any questions regarding what not to put in your self storage unit, please do not hesitate to call, email, or text our friendly staff at Wellborn Self Storage!
So...You've moved out of your storage unit last week and received a bill in the mail or in your e-mail. Your confused and maybe angry right?
By the time you make the call to us you may have calmed down a little bit, but you still want answers. "Where did these new charges come from?"
As a storage manager, it’s very rare for me to have to send someone a bill after they move out, but it does happen.
Well, for the same reasons that you might send someone a bill after they move out of a house or apartment: they left behind a mess or broke something.
Most recently this happened when the tenant had spilled some sort of oil on the floor of the unit. The tenant noticed during the move out process and came to tell us about it. Because she was upfront about the damage, we tried to keep the cost of repairs to a bare minimum. In fact, we found that we could simply clean up the oil spill using oil-absorbing kitty litter and replace one section of the floor. Total cost to the tenant $20.
But we could have charged her more and might have if she had not been so forthcoming about what happened.
According to the terms of the contract, we can charge a cleaning fee per hour when necessary. Unfortunately, the things people leave behind in storage units can be downright disgusting, and we don't want to handle it just as much as you don't.
What we more commonly have to charge after move out is a lock removal fee.
We don’t keep keys to your storage unit, so when you move out, you need to remove the lock before we can rent the space again. If you leave the lock on, you either have to keep paying for the space or pay a lock-removal fee.
Again, this isn’t a fee we like to charge. We’ll call you and ask you take the lock off, usually giving you a couple days to come back and do so. But if you leave the lock on indefinitely, ignore our calls or promise to come remove the lock and then don’t do it, you’ll get a charge.
Generally speaking, avoiding extra charges is as easy as reading your lease and paying attention to it.
Are you required to give notice? Yes, 10 days, as stated in your lease. Just shoot us an email or give us a call.
Take the lock off and make sure you let the manager know you moved out.
Please please please clean the unit. It doesn’t need to be spotless, but if you leave behind, furniture, trash, or just random stuff, expect to be charged that cleaning fee anywhere from $50+ depending on the amount of things left behind.
If you broke something, tell the manager. Chances are it’s something minor and easy to fix. If we know about it, we’ll be much more understanding and probably just charge you for the supplies. If you hide it, lie about it or try to sneak out without telling us, we’ll charge you for the repair supplies and the time it takes our maintenance crew to fix it.
Avoid This Altogether
You can avoid post move out fees by simply being a good storage unit tenant and paying attention to your lease.