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Why Self-Storage Sucks (And Why We Don’t)

When it comes to storage in Chicago, we don’t want to toot our own horn, but we think we do a bang-up job of offering good storage. Heck, even great storage! So, when we say ‘storage sucks,’ we’re talking about traditional self-storage units. Because, personally, we don’t think our door-to-door storage service sucks, and once you try us out, you won’t think we suck either. Keep reading to learn about all the ways in which we definitely do not suck.


Reasons Why Regular Self-Storage Units Suck


Storage Units Can Be Dirty

We don’t want to crap on all self-storage units, but frankly, some of them are a little dirty. Because it’s self-storage, there’s no one ensuring the renters aren’t storing trash and rotting food in their storage units that could attract rats and bugs that the storage facility owner might never even be aware of. Then, all of that gets passed down to the next renter. At Doorage, we’re in our climate-controlled warehouse every day. We have rules against storing perishables and other items that could become hazardous, but if someone happens to miss that section and packs a McDonald’s Happy Meal in their storage box, we’ll sniff it out before it contaminates another person’s items.


One Person’s Mistake Can Cost You

People are crazy. What happens if one person’s crazy ex-spouse comes and torches their storage unit in an act of arson that happens to be right next to yours? While you can take out insurance on your items in storage (which you really should if you put stuff into a storage unit regardless of which company you use), you can’t get that stuff back once it’s gone. While we can’t control natural disasters or accidents or crazy people, we can help keep your items safe by only letting authorized personnel into our storage warehouse.

You Need A Car

A lot of Chicagoans don’t have cars because, well, we don’t need them and driving in the city is a pain in the rear. That means if a local resident needs to move some large items or multiple boxes into storage, they have to rent a truck just to do it. Just make your life easier by letting us handle it. Our drivers are on the roads every day and are pros at navigating the heavy traffic. Plus, it’s our job to move your stuff to storage. You already have a job, so don’t waste any time doing ours.


You Have To Pay For Storage Space That You Don’t Use

At a self-storage facility, you pay for a storage unit whether it’s full to the brim or not. That sucks. If the only thing you need to store is one long, oddly-shaped piece of furniture that won’t fit into a 5×5 unit, then you’re going to have to bump up to a bigger unit that will be mostly empty. At Doorage, you only pay for the exact volume of space you use. We don’t make you pay for the air above your futon.


Most Storage Facilities Lock You Into Contracts

You’ll be hard pressed to find a storage unit that doesn’t have some sort of lease. Typically these leases are for six months or a year, with some storage facilities offering three-month leases. So, what happens if you only need to store something for a month? Or a week? Like we said above, you only pay for the volume of space you use. So, it stands that if you have one bin in storage on the first of the month, and have it delivered back to you the next week, that you are no longer taking up space in our warehouse and therefore will not be charged for any storage space. If you’re locked into a long-term contract, that sucks money right out of your bank account, which sucks.


Choose The Non-Sucky Option For Storage

When it comes to Chicago storage, you can’t beat the service you get with our door-to-door storage company. Discover the difference that storing with Doorage makes today!

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This is by far the best way to store your stuff…

Doorage is the best concept ever! Not only are the staff and employees super nice, they are extremely accommodating and friendly. I love the service and I would choose this company for my storage any day. Not only is this extremely convenient, they offer more than just a storage unit. The service is incredible, the storage facilities are beautiful, clean, and safe for personal belongings. And at any time if you need something from your storage unit, Doorage will deliver it to you! This is by far the best way to store your stuff without having to do all the heavy lifting yourself.

Kelley Palmer
5-Star Google Review

Hassle-free, convenient affordable…

Hassle-free, convenient and affordable. I cannot recommend Doorage enough. Not only do they offer a great service that someone should have thought of sooner, but they are also very accommodating with it. And most importantly, my stuff was picked up when I wanted it to be, stored safely and returned when I needed it to be.

Evan Kearney
5-Star Google Review

Great service, I’m spreading the word…

Set up pick up for my college student. Arrived on time, helped with odd items and hauled away in 30 minutes. Friendly, helpful and fair. Saved me time, money and the inconvenience of buying boxes, finding storage, and hauling it to the location from dorm room.

In August, I’ll set up delivery to dorm room without me picking up a thing. Great service, I’m spreading the word.

Lisa Toon
5-Star Google Review

They were fast, considerate, careful…

I moved my Mom in with me and my family. She didn’t want to get rid of anything but we don’t have room for her stuff at my house so we looked into storage spaces and found Doorage.

First they came out with bins and clothing boxes. We spent the next couple of days filling the bins [and] boxes.

Doorage returned on a Sunday, the only day I was available. They took the boxes and bins, and shrink wrapped all the furniture, put protective packaging around the more important furniture, and hauled it all away.

They were fast, considerate, careful, polite, respectful and friendly. They joked around with my Mom yet were still very professional.

On top of all that, they were a little cheaper for the space we needed, and the money I saved on a Uhaul and days off of work, not to mention I barely lifted a finger in the whole ordeal, I would definitely recommend Doorage to absolutely anyone looking for storage.

Mike G.
5-Star Yelp Review

Crazy cheap compared to the competition…

Easily One of the Best Moving Experiences I’ve Ever Had

I contacted Doorage to help me store my things temporarily while I was away for the summer. From pickup to final drop-off, everything was a breeze. Their eco bins save you the trouble of worrying about buying boxes and they break down (to save you money!) or wrap up any big items you might have.

I thought the website portal was very useful too. It’s an easy way to schedule pick-ups and deliveries and remember all the stuff you tossed into storage. Anytime I had a question or an issue I received a prompt response and solution to the problem! Nothing ever felt like a hassle.

Doorage is a great company to work with. I never felt like I was getting ripped off, and in fact many times the movers helped save me money. Mike and Dean are legit and made sure everything was handled smoothly and professionally! By the way, the ultimate costs ended up being crazy cheap compared to the competition. Really can’t recommend Doorage enough.

Jassiem M.
5-Star Yelp Review

It was so quick and easy…

Doorage is a great company with great employees. They gave me a window of 7-1 and came shortly after 7 and left before 9. It was so quick and easy. They provided all the materials and took care of all the large items I had selected and even some that I forgot to add to my move. Sam was very great in helping with my billing. I am happy I selected them as the service has been fantastic.

Matthew R.
5-Star Yelp Review

Very professional and trustworthy…

We moved from a rental apartment to a new condo but had a gap of time before we could move into our new home.  Doorage was the perfect solution to our problem!  They dropped off bins and wardrobe boxes as scheduled.  Then, of course we underestimated how much stuff we had and they kindly dropped off more bins.  No problem!

Then they picked up all our stuff when we scheduled them, stored it and returned it on the day we moved in.  They were on-time, efficient, and worked well with both buildings to make it a smooth transition.  We didn’t have to hire movers (twice!) and find a storage unit for a short period of time.  It’s a brilliant solution for “gap coverage.”

Plus, Doorage was great to work with!  Very professional and trustworthy.  And Dean was awesome!  Efficient, friendly, and strong 🙂

Doorage definitely made a very stressful time much less stressful.  I would highly recommend Doorage to solve your storage problems!

Susan W.
5-Star Yelp Review

I would recommend them to anyone…

Mike and Jon O. are the GREATEST!! They were so friendly and helpful. Everything was packed up so quickly, neatly and efficiently. I would recommend them to anyone. It was SOO easy (for me). Thanks guys!!

Thea H.
5-Star Yelp Review

It saved us so much time and energy…

I recently moved in with my girlfriend and we had a bunch of extra furniture and misc. stuff that we no longer had space for.  I saw an ad on Facebook for Doorage and gave them a call.  Basically you schedule a pickup date, then they come and wrap and pack all your stuff for you, put it on their bright pink trucks, and bring it to their warehouse to store until you are ready to get it delivered back.  It saved us so much time and energy not having to pick and move the stuff to a storage facility ourselves.  We had some extremely fragile stuff including an expensive glass table and I was thoroughly impressed with their team and how they packed and moved everything with such great care!  It was snowy and wet that day and the crew made sure to wear booties and put big drop clothes down to protect all of our carpet and hardwood without us even asking!  The best thing is that they only charge you for the exact square footage of your items, which after doing some research turned out to be so much cheaper that renting a big storage unit and not utilizing all the space.  And the last storage unit I rented my dresser got water damaged and it was such a pain and hassle to get reimbursed.  I’ve already told all my friends and family about Doorage and would recommend them to anyone.  Also they donate some of their profits to breast cancer research and community programs which is awesome!

Bob O.
5-Star Yelp Review

I can’t believe how easy Doorage made this process…

Amazing Customer service! We needed to have a gigantic granite dining table and 6 matching chairs delivered and stored for a few months. I contacted Doorage initially for just a quote and called them on a Saturday to schedule the big move. I was worried because we had to have this extremely heavy table moved within a few days but Doorage was able to schedule us for the following Monday!

I can’t believe how easy Doorage made this process that my husband and I had been dreading! They brought with them all the necessary packaging supplies for a fair price and did an amazing job making sure our ridiculously heavy table was safely wrapped. They quickly and efficiently were able to get this gigantic dining table down the front porch steps! Everybody I talked to, starting from the initial phone call to all the movers were so pleasant and professional. We thought they must have been in business for a long time because of their extensive knowledge and expertise and were surprised to learn they are a newer company!

We are so thankful for their services and feel very confident that our possessions are being well taken care of considering how well each piece was taken care of at pick up! Definitely will continue to use for our storage needs!

Yurie Kim
5-Star Facebook Review