HomeStore Amusing Stories

hand grenade

Hand Grenade

There’s humour in self storage

There have been some amusing uses of self-storage over the years and plenty of jokes. Here are some of the best:

This Amusing one is from Australia (perhaps we take self-storage more seriously in the UK):

In a 24-hour access unit the staff noticed a tenant coming and going usually late in the day. It wasn’t until there was a fire that they found out why. The married tenant had been using his storage unit to meet his, also married, girlfriend and had installed a queen size mattress in the middle of the floor that was surrounded by candles. He was found out after one of the candles was accidentally knocked over, setting fire to their discarded clothes. The two, presumably naked, had to flee the now-burning unit to considerable embarrassment and a hefty insurance bill.

Another fiery story, this time from the USA:

A tenant used their self-storage unit to keep six pet snakes. Snakes need to be kept warm and the owner therefore installed a 100-watt bulb to keep the unit warm. Unfortunately, the bulb caused a short-circuit precipitating a fire that spread to more than 30 other units. Roasted snake anyone?
Picture ID: A customer arranging the rental of a self-storage unit was asked for two forms of picture ID. Somewhat annoyed, the customer produced their driving licence, grabbed some scissors from the office desk and cut it in half. Some people!
Sometimes people have difficulty visualising the dimensions of a space and how much they can fit into it. This confused customer had difficulty deciding on the size they wanted but eventually settled on a 10ft by 10ft space. When the unit manager explained that this dimension was the footprint, and that the unit was 8ft high, the customer said: “So…I can stack things UP?”
Sign outside US storage unit: “Storage Wars not filmed here.”
Husband to wife: “Hey, sweetheart, will you do me a favour?”
Wife: “Of course, what is it?”
He: “When I die will you sell all my stuff from the storage unit?”
She: “Why?”
He: “Because I don’t want some idiot using my stuff.”
She: “Don’t worry, dear, I won’t marry an idiot again”

And finally, since it will soon be Christmas, a cracker joke or two:
Why did Santa Claus steal a big letter ‘S’ in January? Because he needed elf Storage.
What type of dinosaur puts Jane Eyre into self-storage? A Brontë-store-us.




Weird Items And What Not To Store

Weird items found in self-storage and what not to store

In the north of England there’s a saying: “there’s nowt so queer as folk” and that surely applies to some of the weird items that have been found in self-storage units over the years.
The majority of bizarre finds have been in the USA, where self-storage has been going for a lot longer than it has in the UK, even so, you have to wonder what people were thinking!
Perhaps the strangest find of all was a meat smoker containing an amputated human leg. It turned out that the leg’s owner had been in a plane crash and had been keeping it in storage so that it could be buried with him when he died.
High on the weirdness list is the remains of a grandmother – fortunately in her coffin – in Tampa Bay, Florida. There was an explanation, however. The woman’s daughter had been prevented from arranging burial by a combination of rainstorms and a broken-down truck, hence putting granny in storage.
Among the other finds have been a live hand grenade and a NASA rocket.
In the UK, finds have included a Sunday dinner left in an oven, a stuffed mammoth, a rifle and samurai sword, an old piano, empty champagne bottles and a wooden fridge.

What not to store

Self-storage companies do have some rules about what you can’t store, mostly for safety reasons.
Plainly, anything that could rot or attract vermin is not a good idea, so food is on the no-store list. It can rot and can also attract vermin and insects. Not only that an infestation would spread to other units in the facility.
By the same token hazardous materials are banned. They include chemicals, aerosol cans, acids, gases, gasoline, propane tanks, lamp or motor oils, pains, paint thinners, cleaners, pesticides, weed killers, car batteries and fireworks. Similarly, if storing lawn mowers or similar items that are petrol driven they should be drained of fuel before storage.
Equally, anything living, whether plants or pets should not be stored. Believe it or not, it has been tried, with tragic results in some cases.
Similarly, self-storage is not the solution for stashing stolen goods or for firearms, munitions, gunpowder and explosives.
Finally, and perhaps surprisingly, there is a restriction on the storage of tyres – usually limited to a maximum of four. The explanation facility owners give is that it is expensive to dispose of them and storage companies are often stung with the bill.


Happy 10th Anniversary HomeStore

anniversary celebration

We can’t quite believe that we have reached this wonderful milestone. 10 years!

A lot has happened in that time both in business terms and for the HomeStore team personally, but we are very thankful that both of us (John, the Branch Manager and myself, Sarah) are still here 10 years on – the original team!
So, we thought that we would look back on some of the more memorable moments from this decade, in a 10th Anniversary review.




Rented Self-Storage Can Save and Prolong Marriages?

It may seem surprising but rented self-storage can play a bigger role in people’s relationships than we might expect.
When two people in a relationship decide to move in together it may be that each, having lived independently for some years, has accumulated furniture as well as other, personal possessions.
How do they decide what stays and what goes?