Here at Doorage, we find that some people are unsure of just what door-to-door storage is. After all, we’ve been storing our stuff the same way for 60 years! But in a world full of self-driving cars, ice cream that’s under 300 calories per pint, and smartphones that can do just about anything, it stands to reason that the way we store our belongings should also evolve.
We’ll start with an analogy to help you understand why door-to-door storage is becoming more popular: self-storage is to Doorage as taxi cabs are to Uber.
For ages, if you needed a taxi in a city, your only option was to stand outside and wait for one. Hopefully one would come by and stop as you raised your hand out into the street. Then, when it was time to go back home from wherever you were just at, you would have to repeat the process. While hailing a cab this was is still an option, now there is a more convenient way. You can hop on your phone while sitting on your couch, use an app to order an Uber, and head outside when the app tells you your Uber has arrived. When it’s time to go home, you can spend more time saying goodbye to your friends and family than standing outside in the cold trying to hail a cab.
Also for ages, if you needed a place to store extra stuff, your only option was to pile your items in the car, drive to the nearest self-storage facility, unload your stuff into a dusty storage unit, and then drive all the way back when you need something out of the unit. While using self-storage is still an option, there’s a more convenient way to store your belongings. With door-to-door storage, we will come to your front door, collect your storage items and take them to our warehouse, and drop them back off whenever you want.
While both cabs and Ubers take you where you want to go, and while both self-storage and door-to-door storage let you get the clutter out of your home, one is easier and more convenient than the other in both situations.
So, you’re probably still wondering how the sausage gets made. Our Chicago door-to-door storage service works in three simple steps.
1. Pickups: First, you will sign up with Doorage, use our storage calculator to determine about how many storage boxes you will need, and then we will drop off those boxes at your place for free. Take up to two weeks to pack, sort, photograph, and document everything that is going into each box (you can do this on our website). Then, at your convenience, schedule a pickup time for our crew to come collect your storage items. At pickup, we will security-seal your containers for added protection, as well as pack up anything that you didn’t feel like packing yourself. We have a simple breakdown of pickup fees so there are no surprises.
2. Storage: After we pick up your storage items, we’ll transport them to our secure Chicago storage warehouse. Our facilities have restricted access and 24-hour security with motion-sensing cameras, alarm systems, and the whole shebang so you know your stuff is protected. Once in storage, you only pay for the exact volume of space your belongings use, and billing happens on the first of every month.
3. Deliveries: When you need a storage container or other stored item back, just let us know by logging into your Doorage account and let us know what you need and when. Deliveries can happen as often as you would like, and we have simple flat-rate delivery fees. In order to make sure your items get to where they’re going, you or your specified doorman must be present at the time of delivery.
Making the switch from something you know so well to something new and innovative can be intimidating, but we’re here to make the process as easy as possible. Read our detailed FAQ to learn more about our Chicago storage service, or feel free to give us a call at (833) 366-7243 if you have more questions. We look forward to starting you on your journey to better storage!