Time is something we can never have enough of. Between work, the kids, social lives, and hobbies it can be hard to find the time to do everything we want and need to do—so something has to be sacrificed. That is unless we can find a way to do it—whatever it is–that is not time consuming and difficult but convenient.
Some members of the self storage industry are trying to take the concept to a whole new level.
Personal attention is a common practice for most businesses, but a start-up self storage company in New York is trying to take it to a whole new level.
Space in New York City comes at a premium. Live in the city and chances are you are paying a whole lot of money for not much space. So when it comes to what you have taking up space in your home—well, it better be something important and necessary.
Not everything is though. Some things you have because they mean something to you; they have sentimental value. Other things are fun to have, but you don’t use them all the time. Other things might just have seasonal use.
Sounds like someone needs a self storage unit, right? But what if you never had to actually go to the self storage facility to drop things off or pick them up when you wanted them? What if the self storage facility essentially came to you?
That’s what UrBin wants to do. For a price they will drop off storage bins to your home, pick them up when you have them filled and ready for storage, store them, and then deliver them to you whenever you want them.
“We consider the bins to be an extension of our customers’ own personal space,” said Joshua Ernst, co-founder of UrBin. “You pack up the items that are in your way, and we’ll store them. It’s just a few clicks to have access to your space again.”
There are fees for each stage of the process which depending on how many bins you store or how often you want to use what’s in some of them the cost can be comparable to traditional self storage.
So where’s the appeal? If you happen to live in a busy, thriving, and crowded metropolitan area like New York City it’s the convenience.
“Our customers like the convenience factor. It lets them reclaim space within their homes,” Ernst said.
“As Storage Startups Compete To Stow Your Winter Sweaters, The Cramped City Dweller Wins.” Forbes; 01 May 2014.
“UrBin Seeks to Simplify Storage in New York City.” The SpareFoot Blog; 28 April 2014.