Cash­ing in on ex­cess space

East and Bays Courier - - LOCALJOBS - JAMES PASLEY

Auck­lan­ders with too much stuff are now able to rent stor­age spa­ces off res­i­dents with room to spare.

All Space, To The Loft and Sharelet are on­line plat­forms aimed at mak­ing stor­age sim­pler, more ac­ces­si­ble and cheaper than com­mer­cial stor­age.

Like ac­com­mo­da­tion web­site Airbnb, hosts set rental prices and in­ter­ested par­ties re­quest to use the spa­ces, ex­cept in­stead of a bed to sleep in, drive­ways, garages and spare rooms are of­fered for stor­age.

All Space was cre­ated by Myr­iam Jenni, Elena Stanovova and Ivan Ig­nat, and went live last month. By last week it had 12 list­ings.

The trio, who were from Rus­sia and Switzer­land, came up with Allspace af­ter strug­gling to find flex­i­ble and af­ford­able stor­age so­lu­tions in Auck­land.

Stanovova said be­cause they didn’t have friends and fam­ily in New Zealand to help store their pos­ses­sions they had to use ex­pen­sive and in­flex­i­ble com­mer­cial stor­age fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘We got think­ing about how much empty space there was in the houses and prop­er­ties around us,’’ Stanovova said.

Peo­ple can now har­ness all of the space they have, she said.

Auck­land res­i­dents Cameron Wis­lang and Louise He­ji­nen cre­ated To The Loft, af­ter Wis­lang strug­gled to store his ex­cess pos­ses­sions in Auck­land.

Christchurch res­i­dent Leo Adri­ano launched Sharelet in July, which al­lowed peo­ple to lease spa­ces rang­ing from a cup­board to a farm barn.

To build trust users would be able to trans­fer their pro­files from other sites like Airbnb, along with pre­vi­ous re­views, Ig­nat said.

They were work­ing on a shared econ­omy in­sur­ance cover, but un­til that was sorted the web­site of­fered a goods guar­an­tee that would cover up to $5000 worth of losses.

On so­cial me­dia site Neigh­bourly.co.nz most peo­ple were for or­gan­is­ing their stor­age on­line, but there were a few con­cerns.

San­dring­ham res­i­dent Jude Derk­sen said she was con­cerned about who would cover lost or dam­aged goods.

Mt Eden res­i­dent Della Kidd said she would use it if she could ac­cess the stor­age at any time and didn’t have to give no­tice.

Mt Eden res­i­dent Diana El­liot said she would use it as long as the spa­ces were se­cure, clean, and weather proof.

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