FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Irishtown Self Storage


​Our facility is located at 2654 rte 115, Irishtown, NB E1H 2M7
506 388 1550

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS




Things You Can’t Store In A Storage Unit

Storing something like a dead body in a storage unit is obviously illegal. However, there are many less obvious things you shouldn’t put in self-storage. We’ve made a list to help you figure out what you can and can’t store. Please note that while there are many restrictions on what you can’t store, these restrictions are in place for your protection and the protection of your belongings.

1. Animals (Dead Or Alive)

Storing any sort of live animal in a storage unit is illegal.
Storing dead animals that you have legally hunted but haven’t had time to take to a taxidermist is prohibited because it attracts pests.

2. Things That Attract Pests

It may be clear that storing food is prohibited because it attracts outside critters but you should also be aware of some other items to avoid:
Corkboards (pests are attracted to its particular scent)
Taxidermy
Scented candles
Food items such as beans or rice in bags
Plants, seeds, and soil
Bird Seed
Animal food
Water jugs
Banana boxes
Plastic grocery bags
Paper that is not properly boxed (paper should be packed in boxes and the boxes should be taped up on all sides)
Foam, including bed covers, pillows, etc. If you want to store foam, it needs to be stored in a plastic sealed container

 3. Unregistered And Uninsured Vehicles

Since storage facilities do not provide insurance on vehicles, you cannot store an unregistered, warranted, damaged, or uninsured vehicle in a storage unit. All vehicles must be registered and registration must be present upon move in. the storage facility reserves the right to check with the ministry to see if the vehicle is registered.

4. Combustible And Flammable Items

Storing combustible or flammable items puts your storage unit at the risk of catching fire or actually exploding. Flammable and combustible things you shouldn’t store are:

Propane tanks [noflammables]
Aerosol cans
Jerry Cans
Gasoline
Oil
Paint
Explosives
Fireworks
Corrosive waste
Kerosene lamps
Fertilizer
Asbestos or products containing asbestos

If you are looking to store items that run on fuel (example: motorcycles,  boats, ATVs, RVs, lawn mowers, snowblowers, weed-wackers, etc) you must winterize them if you can and empty all of the fuel out before storing it.

5. Anything That Requires Batteries Or Electricity

It is recommended that you don’t store things that require batteries or electricity because the extreme heat or cold can affect their overall quality. However, you can rent a temperature controlled storage unit to avoid this. If you do decide to store electronics in a non-temperature controlled unit, make sure to wait half an hour until they’re at room temperature before plugging them in or turning them on.

6. People

You can NOT live in a storage unit!
You cannot store deceased relatives or human bodies in your storage unit (No matter how much you love them it is illegal!)

7. Stolen Items

Any item that does not belong to you or was not consented to be borrowed is considered illegal if in your possession and cannot be stored in a storage unit. If a warrant is requested for a unit that is suspected of storing stolen items, the storage facility must follow the law and allow officers into the unit.

8. Drugs

Prescription medications are prohibited from being stored.
Illegal narcotics are prohibited from being stored, even if medical cards are presented.
Drug trades are illegal and cannot be run from within storage units.
Pharmaceutical representatives can store samples but must discuss with Site Management first

9. Hazardous Material

All hazardous materials need to be stored in regards to temperature and regulations. Storage facilities cannot guarantee these regulations on site and therefore do not allow hazardous materials to be stored. Please research proper storage in accordance to the material you are looking at storing, and find an alternative. If hazardous materials are stored improperly they can leak from their containers and cause environmental damage and health risks. Some hazardous materials include:

Cleaning products
Ammonia/bleach
Pesticides
Insecticides
Roofing Tar
Paint, paint thinner, paint removers

10. Firearms [No_Gun]

For the safety of tenants and staff, firearms are prohibited from being stored on site. There are specific regulations to safely store firearms and storage facilities do not fall under those regulations. It is illegal to store firearms and ammo in a storage facility even if you are a licensed gun owner.

Do you have any general tips to maximize my storage space?

Make a list of all your boxes and contents. Get all your packing needs before you start packing. This will save you time going to the store repeatedly. Place frequently used items near the door. Leave a walking space to get to the back of the storage if needed. Turn sofas on end to save space. Fill all drawers and large appliances with delicate items. Plastic bins make excellent moisture resistant storage containers and are easier to stack.

What’s the best way to store furniture?

Do not place furniture directly on cement floor. You can raise it a bit with 2x2 wood pieces. Cover furniture & mattress' with blankets and comforters, they will protect from dust and scratches. Dissemble beds and tables for they will take up less space. You can stack most kitchen and dining room chairs.

Your unit will have been cleaned before you move in. A good idea is to use pallets, 2×4′s, plywood, or anything that will keep your items off the floor of the unit. This will aid with airflow and is especially recommended for fabric items like mattresses. Be sure to let your self storage consultant know if you want pallets when you are making arrangements to move in. These can be leant to you free of charge, if available.

How do I prepare Furniture for self storage?

Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. (This will save space.) Wrap and label all pieces for an easier time when you have to reassemble them. Put all hardware in bags and mark the bags accordingly.

When storing: If possible store couches on end. Stack chairs seat to seat. When stacking furniture use paper pads in between to avoid scratching.

How should I store appliances?

A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door ajar. Boxes can be stacked on top of appliances. Make sure stoves and cooking equipment are clean for they can attract rodents.

Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them. Leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew.
Do not forget to defrost and clean appliances before you store them.

How do I pack books and documents?

Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place cardboard boxes directly on the floor. Do not pack fragile items in the same box as books and do not overload. Books can get heavy quickly.

Should fabric items be packed in boxes?

Clothing and drapes should be stored on hangers. Bedding linens should be stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests.

How should I pack my dishes and glassware?

Place a layer of bubble wrap inside the bottom and top of the boxes containing glassware. Wrap items separately. Labels for identification are important on all boxes but mostly boxes with glassware.

Should I use newspaper to wrap my items?

Do not use newspapers to wrap any items because the ink will stain your items. Use clean white newsprint for these items. Pack lamps and delicate décor with lots of room for bubble wrap.

How should I store mirrors, paintings and other flat objects?

Store mirrors and paintings on end, not flat.

How should I store photographs?

These should be stored in totes with a cover that closes tightly.

How do I pack electronics?

When you disassemble electronics, such as computers, stereos, things that have numerous cords, place a small colored sticker on the cord and the same colored sticker where the cord goes. This will save you the hassle of trying to figure out what goes where when it comes time to reassemble your electronics. If possible, use the original boxes to store your electronics and other items.

Do I have to do anything special with metal items?

​An item such as bikes, tools, rakes, etc... Should be cleaned and lightly oiled before storing. This will prevent rust.

How do I pack my self storage space to best preserve and for easiest access to my items?

Label the boxes an all six sides and keep a list for easy reference. This will save you time if you have to look for something in particular.
When packing boxes fill them without making them too heavy to lift.
Utilize all the space in your unit. Make a plan as to how you are going to arrange your items. A good plan will save you the time of having to rearrange your unit. Leave an aisle in the center of your unit so that you have a walk way to the back of the unit.You can use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top of the heavier ones. This will prevent boxes from being crushed. Keep boxes off the floor.Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them. Leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew.Keep the more valuable items in the rear of the unit. This will prevent others from seeing them when you are in your unit.Keep out of season clothes accessible. You may have your belongings in self storage longer than anticipated.Be aware of your surroundings when you are in your unit. If you see a potential problem or anything suspicious alert the manager.Do not use plastic to cover your belongings. It retains moisture.If possible store couches on end. Stack chairs seat to seat. Use the inside of appliances and drawers to store smaller items.When stacking furniture use paper pads in between to avoid scratching.


Are there any storage restrictions?

Combustible and hazardous items such as, fuel, fireworks, alcohol, aerosols, cleaners, paint, paint thinners, etc.… should not be stored. Firearms and explosives are not to be stored. Storage of animals or plants is against regulation. Animal products are also not allowed for they will attract vermin. Perishable foods will attract vermin and are not to be stored in unit. Odorous items are prohibited for the odor will spread to other units.

Are the items I store insured?

Purchase the insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring. Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings. Purchase insurance that will cover your stored items.



Once I’ve moved in, is there anything I should keep in mind?

​Be sure to check your unit once per month. Be aware of your surroundings when you are in your unit. If you see a potential problem or anything suspicious alert the manager. Do not give out your gate code or any information to anyone that should not have access to the site.




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