Unboxing on-demand storage service: What’s the deal?

On-demand storage is a modern and realistic solution to solve all the storage problems without any hassles. The service, as the name suggest, is a way for you to store your items in a safe place and get them delivered to you whenever you need them back. The service includes the pick-up of items from your doorstep, where it proceeds to be stored safely with the on-demand storage provider. Whenever you need your items back, the service will have it delivered to the address you ask them to, within a short period of time. On-demand storage is storage logistics made easier for everyone. 

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How does on-demand storage service work?

The working model of on-demand storage services is fairly simple. The process involves of the following steps:

  • A pickup is scheduled by you, i.e. the customer, with the pickup address and timing being scheduled according to the mutual convenience of the service and the client.
  • None of the hard work to move your items has to be done, as the service usually picks up the items from your doorstep according to the scheduled pickup time and place.
  • Once you need your items back, your items are redelivered back to you. The redelivery process is fast, with you getting back your items within a day or two of the request.

On demand storage – costs involved

The pricing of the on-demand storage service is based upon two factors:

  1. The volume of the item being stored
  2. The duration for which the item is to be stored

Per these two parameters, the storage cost is decided. Naturally, the cost of the on-demand storage service goes up as the size of the item and the duration of stay increases. However, many on-demand storage services provide cheaper pricing plans for customers looking to use the service for bulk items. As the number of storage items increase, the cost of the service significantly lowers.

Who is it for?

On demand storage service is an ideal solution for individuals as well as businesses. For individuals who do not have enough space at their home to store one of their beloved belonging, this service is an ideal choice to store the item. Until it is needed again, it can be stored safely with the service. For businesses, the service provides a much needed relief from the trouble of storing items for their inventory.

For individuals and businesses alike, on-demand storage is a blessing in disguise!

Like other growing full-service storage providers, Livible stores customers’ belongings for them at secure facilities, gives them an app to track what they have in storage and will pick up or deliver items on demand.

“Long term, we think on-demand will completely replace self-storage, just like mobile phones replaced pay phones, and Netflix and Xfinity replaced Blockbuster,” says Terry Drayton, Livible CEO and Founder.

“Customers see that it’s easy and friendly and less expensive. We think it’ll become, overwhelmingly, the way for the (self-storage) business to go.” Drayton said.

Do you need storage for your personal and household items? Livible is easier, more convenient and saves you 15% when compared to self-storage. We do all the work so you don’t have to!

On-Demand Storage: What exactly is it?

On-demand storage service is a simple, painless solution to your storage problem. The service includes picking up the items you need to store and safely stores them for you. When you need your items back, these will have redelivered them right to your doorstep. Easy peasy..

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How it works

An evolution from the typical self-storage service, on-demand storage at Livible makes organization easy with these three steps:

  1. Schedule A Pickup – We’ll come to your door and pickup whatever you need.
  2. We Pickup Your Stuff – You don’t have to do any lifting or hard work.
  3. Re-delivery On Demand – Typically next day, including nights and weekends.

How much does it cost?

At Livible, you can store your items for only $1/item during your first month! Our new customer special includes free pickup and your first month of storage for just $1/item.

Storage is based on the total cubic feet of what you actually store each month. We measure each item so you know the size and provide automatic savings for higher volumes so the more you store the more you save. The customer average is one room with 35 items and a total of 200 cubic ft. With the new customer special that costs $35 for the first month and then $139/month thereafter. Pickup or delivery costs $15 plus a per item handling fee of $1 to $9 depending on the size and weight of the item. The per item handling fee for pickup and delivery is $1 for boxes and most items and up to $9 for very large items like couches and fridges. See our website for our pricing.

How does On-Demand Storage compare to traditional self-storage?

It’s easier, more convenient and less expensive than traditional self-storage. A few taps on our web version or mobile apps and we come right to your door to pickup or deliver your items. From a customer perspective, on demand storage looks like a way better experience and costs less.

Eventually, we believe on-demand storage will become the preferred and dominant choice of consumers. What our customers often mention as a parallel is what happened to Blockbuster and other video rental companies once Netflix and on demand services became available and $25B industry largely disappeared. It’s similar to what’s happening with Uber and traditional taxis where smart consumers vote with their wallets and feet for a better experience at a lower cost.

On-demand storage with Livible is easier, more convenient, and saves you 15% when compared to self-storage. Visit our website to get started!

Customer Story: Meet Marjorie and learn why she believes on demand storage is better than traditional self-storage

on demand storage is better than self-storageMarjorie shares with us how her family found ease, convenience and savings using Livible and how they prefer it to traditional self-storage. Here’s her story.

Tell us about yourself:

I am married to a lovely man, second marriage for both.  I work full time as a systems analyst.  Outside of work I love walking around the city, thrift shopping, and getting together with family and friends. When my husband and I moved in together several years ago, we decided to rent a house large enough to accommodate our combined 5 kids, all in various phases of transient life (college, etc).   Not only did we combine lives, but we also combined all of our “stuff” as well as a lot of our kids’ stuff! In 2013 we decided it was time to downsize and went from 4000 SF to 1300 SF.  Even after giving away or selling a significant amount of our belongings we still had too much to bring with us to our condo, so we ended up putting a lot of it in a traditional self-storage facility.   After months of having to drive back and forth to the storage place whenever we needed something, maintaining spreadsheets to keep track of what was stored where, we heard about Livible (then Storrage) through Terry Drayton who is a friend of my husbands.  That was IT!  We moved everything out of the expensive and inconvenient self-storage location and sent it all to Livible.

What do you think are the key benefits of using Livible?

  • On demand storage rather than having to make multiple trips to self-storage facility ourselves. This is a huge stress and time saver!
  •  So much more cost effective than traditional storage
  • Being able to easily keep track of our belongings using the app
  • Being able to more easily donate unwanted belongings

In a few sentences, could you describe your experience using the Livible boxes, the app and the driver?

The app is amazing!  It is so easy to schedule pickup and delivery and it is so much easier to keep track of our belongings!  (We always include a photo with the description.)  The blue Livible containers are sturdy and hold a lot, and the driver was absolutely amazing!  He was on time, cheerful and extremely flexible when we ended up having more than our original estimate.

What did you put into Livible containers?

Too much to list!  Linens, books, shoes, dishes, electronics, and clothes, to name a few. We also sent some things packed in our own boxes, as well as furniture.

How did Livible make your move-out easier?

When we put our condo on the market (relatively short notice) we had to seriously de-clutter it to get it ready for open houses and showings.  In a 3-day span we were able to get Livible containers delivered, fill them up and send them temporarily to Livible.  Our realtor could not believe what a great job we did and so fast! Once we closed on our new house we were able to arrange to have our belongings delivered, some to our new house, and some to our kids’ apartments, as well as donate a bunch of unwanted things to Value Village.  The fact that the app allowed us to create multiple folders to track things made it extremely easy to arrange for delivery to multiple locations. 

Would you recommend Livible to your friends and family?

I have and will absolutely continue to do so!

Do you have a Livible testimonial? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at help@livible.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to know more on Livible.

How On Demand Storage Makes Living in a Large City Easy

If you are living a large city like Seattle or Portland, you usually have to get used to a small area. This is particularly true if you are living in downtown or in other highly populated neighborhood in the metropolitan area, where you need to pay the area per square foot. In this post we share some tips that will help you with the moving process, either by assisting you to find the perfect place and live easier in large cities using on demand storage.

One of the major problems if you have a limited space in a large metropolitan area is crowded closets and living quarters. Finding the right place to stay is quite difficult. Also, transferring from one place to another is not that easy. But, there is a solution to this problem that will not cost you that much and can give you around 25 square feet of space.

Here are some ways on how on demand storage can help you save some money while living in a big city.

You Don’t Have to Spend a Lot With On Demand Storage

Use on demand storage instead of looking for a bigger house, loft or apartment to expand the space in your home. It can help you save money. Rather than picking a space based on its size, it lets you pick a space based on location.

It’s Like Having Another Closet

On demand storage is like adding another closet onto your house that is easier to use. Accessing everything whenever necessary is now easy with an electronic access gate storage unit everywhere. Worrying about grabbing your things being a chore is not a problem since you can find storage units near your house.

On Demand Storage is Designed to Fit Your Unique Situation

What’s great with this on demand storage is that you can put everything you need no matter how extraordinary it is. Whether it is a big space or small space, there is an ideal storage option ready for you.

There is lots of great entertainment; career opportunities and your lifestyle are secured when you live in a large city. But, you don’t need to live in an uncomfortable area to experience the big city feels. You can increase the livable space you have at home by using on-demand
storage without exceeding your budget.

Rather than using some valuable space in your home for your excess stuff, you can try Livible‘s on demand storage today to help you free some of the spaces. Through this, you can take advantage of every square foot that you have.

Dealing with Keepsakes: 7 Tips to Preserve Old Photos

Similar to old clothes, toys and books, the boxes of printed photos can also eat up a valuable space in your home. Worse, if you store these photos in a damp basement or in the warm attic, you take the risk of ruining your precious prints and memoirs. You may have already discarded some boxes of photographs, but for the rest that matters, we share below 7 tips to organize and preserve old photos so you can enjoy and share them with family and friends.

Do not store the photos in the basement or in the attic

Photographs should be store in a stable temperature room, dry and cool room. The basement is too damp that will cause the pictures to become moldy and stick to each other. The attic on the other hand is too warm that could cause the pictures to degrade.

Protect the pictures from light

Too much exposure to light causes pictures to fade, so when keeping pictures in frame, it is best to maybe put the high quality copy instead of the original one.

Write who’s who at the back of the picture, but do not use pen

Use either pencil, or maybe use something that you can stick into the pictures, but never write directly into the pictures, with this, you may also invest with photo enclosures so you may write down special memories in them and not in the picture.

Buy picture enclosures to preserve old photos

If you need to keep those pictures somewhere, it is best to keep them either in picture enclosures or photo albums so that they will never stick together or become moldy. If you choose to put all your photos in a photo album, make sure that they lay flat and are not stacked together as it may case the pictures to stick together and cause damage.

Do not use supplies like fasteners, clips and rubber bands to store photos

Clipping pictures, using fasteners or rubber bands to keep them all together is not a bad idea, however, once you forgot about it, it may cause bent and leave markings on the photos which cannot be restored anymore.

Have a safe workspace

When working on with your old photos, it is best not to have any food or drinks near. And when holding photos, do have the option to wear gloves, and if you do not have, then just hold the pictures on the edges to avoid putting oil in the pictures that could cause damage.

For the most precious photographs, digitize them

Pick those precious photos that you want to cherish, scan them and save them either on a flash drive, in your computer, or upload them in photo applications so that you will never lose that moment.

Need more storage to preserve old photos and keepsakes? Now it’s more convenient and affordable if you just need to store some boxes of your old photos and prints through Livible. Feel free to contact us!

On-Demand Storage Versus Traditional Self Storage – Livible Releases Recent Survey Results

Livible Releases Recent Survey Results on On-Demand Storage Versus Traditional Self Storage

With 50,000+ self-storage facilities in the United States it
is pretty clear that Americans love having ample storage space at affordable rates. But before investing, developers may want to review a recent consumer survey conducted by Livible, an on-demand storage company. The nationwide survey asked consumers what they wanted when it came to self-storage.

The survey comes in response to some interesting performance
in the self-storage industry over the last decade. Investors were surprised
with how well the industry performed during the economic downturn. That surprise increased as the industry continued to perform well as the economy improved. Now developers are not just looking to provide consumers with more storage space—they are trying to give consumers exactly what they want.

“The self-storage industry is booming — with record revenues
and a true ‘space race’ to build more facilities to meet the seemingly
insatiable consumer demand,” Terry Drayton, CEO of Livible, said in a recent press release. Thus, the nationwide survey. And, many of the results are not surprising.

According to the survey, there is an ongoing need for more self-storage. Of the respondents. 55 percent of them said they wished they had more storage space in general, and 17 percent said they wished they had a whole lot more.

When asked whether they would prefer traditional self-storage or on-demand storage, the majority responded in favor of on-demand. This is a new trend, as Livible had once before conducted this survey and at the time found 42 percent of respondents preferred on-demand; this time that number was 63 percent.

On-demand storage has changed the self-storage landscape a
bit as it allows for the storage company to pick up the required storage,
rather than for the consumer to deliver it to a personalized, self-storage
unit. Most survey respondents said the convenience of on-demand and time saved was a primary reason (62 percent). Many liked not having to transport what they want stored (42 percent).

“What our latest survey reveals is the rapidly growing preference and need for more convenient on-demand storage alternatives. Millennials and downsizing boomers — who are increasingly living urban lifestyles — are driving this,” Drayton explained.

As convincing as the survey results may be, it may help to
have more details before drawing conclusions. The sample size was 522
respondents over a three-day span in January when the survey was made
available. Livible did have a good cross section of the population represented as the age range was between 18-65 with an equal split between men and women. Most lived in single family houses (56 percent) with the rest calling an apartment home (44 percent). Only three tenths of a percent had ever used on-demand self-storage before.

Respondents were all located in cities that currently have on-demand self-storage available (New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles).

42% of Consumers Prefer Valet Storage over Self-storage

Survey: 42% of Consumers Prefer Valet Storage over Self-Storage

While most men are still willing to lug their items to a self-storage unit, women, millennials and urban dwellers of all ages would prefer to have a valet storage company do the heavy lifting for them, according to a new survey released today.

With property and rental prices rising in major cities such as Seattle, living spaces are getting smaller and urban residents are on the lookout for convenient and affordable offsite storage. So it’s no surprise that 42% of consumers surveyed indicated they would rather use valet storage over self-storage. This and other compelling feedback was shared today from a national survey that asked more than 500 consumers about their need for, preferences using and past experiences with off-site storage.

What is Valet Storage?

Valet storage is a growing alternative to renting a traditional self-storage unit. It fills a void for consumers who don’t need large amounts of storage space but have seasonal or infrequently used items that clutter their homes. Seasonal items that are taking quite some considerable living space – such as skis, luggage, bikes, winter clothes, – may now be stored outside from your home but are always available right at your fingertips when you need them. Livible, a leading valet storage provider, does not only store your items but also includes pickup and delivery directly to your door and bill only for items stored, which makes valet storage a viable option against traditional self-storage.

No wonder consumers are quickly embracing valet storage. 42 percent of all respondents said they would rather use valet storage over self-storage if both were available to them; the number jumps to more than 50% among women, urban dwellers and millennials. Moreover, the surveys shows that valet storage appeals the most among people who have never used self-storage with 65% of those consumers saying they prefer valet storage.

“The survey results validate the huge opportunity for valet storage start-ups like us,” said Livible CEO and founder Terry Drayton. “Do-it-for-me is what a growing number of consumers who need off site storage want, especially those who haven’t or won’t use traditional self-storage. There is no question we’re growing the overall market by giving them a new option.”

Why They Prefer Valet Storage?

The survey shows that consumers are demanding more convenient and affordable off site storage options. Convenience was cited as the number one reason for considering valet storage (53 percent of respondents ages 18-44 and 62 percent among respondents 45-59). Among respondents who prefer valet storage, 69 percent cited time savings as a main reason, while 57 percent cited ‘no need to have a car or truck.’ Affordibility was second overall with nearly half of respondents appreciating that they only pay for what they actually stored instead of whatever size the self-storage unit was. About the same percentage cited the ability to rent a smaller unit with many comments indicating that even the smallest self-storage unit was much bigger and more expensive than they needed.

“Consumers who said they’d prefer using valet storage – and namely women, millennials and urban dwellers – expressed that convenience was the number one reason,” said Drayton.“ Affordability, as they only pay for what they store, was second. Our customers are paying an average of $25 a month to store five boxes and a bike or snowboard. That’s affordable for everyone in contrast to the more than $180 a month average for self-storage. In urban environments even the smallest unit is over $100 a month.”

What They Store?

Decorations for holidays and other events was the top item mentioned by over half of respondents followed by stuff that needs to be stored temporarily while moving. Next were seldom used items such as tools and luggage and seasonal items like clothing and sports equipment. Valet storage cater to almost anything that you want out of your home. A few examples are listed below.

  • Seasonal Clothing (winter coats, bulky sweaters, ski wear or summer dresses)
  • Decorations (for holidays from Christmas to Halloween)
  • Sporting goods (camping equipment, boots, balls)
  • Household items (extra kitchen items, linens, for students away at college)
  • Keepsakes (children’s art, family heirlooms, photographs)
  • Tools and equipment
  • Personal and business records (tax records, correspondence, accounting files)
  • Excess clutter and possessions (junk drawer contents, duplicate housewares, possessions stuffed under the bed, items to re-gift, and other things that you just can’t part with)
  • Bulky items such as bicycles, golf clubs, skis, snow boards, and more.

Survey Information

Over the past two years, valet storage start-ups have opened shop in a number of major cities across the U.S. with a specific focus on markets with substantial millennial and urban populations including Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York and Chicago. Livible polled 567 consumers in these cities to gauge their opinions about self-storage and valet storage. The online poll, administered by SurveyMonkey, was conducted between May 13 – 15, 2015 and involved a wide-range of consumers between the ages of 22-69, gender was equally split with approximately 43 percent living in apartments and 57 percent in detached single-family homes.

Shared-Economy Business Model

Unlike all of its valet storage competitors, Livible uses a ‘shared economy’ business model that partners with traditional self-storage companies and Uber-like independent contractors for pickup and delivery. Livible provides the vans and handles all the technology and logistics including pickup, delivery and billing. Livible rents units in self-storage facilities adding its racking and proprietary app-based technology to maximize space utilization and tracking of customer items. Self-storage partners add the valet storage option to their traditional business to increase the number of new customers they sign and decrease cancellations. If the self-storage partner helps them fill the unit Livible will also pay them double the regular rent so they make more money.

“By partnering with Livible now, traditional self-storage operators will be able to leverage their existing infrastructure and customer flows so they are well positioned to grow revenues and profits from valet storage,” said Drayton. “It’s a business model where everyone wins: customers, self-storage partners and us.”