What's it all about..?
Storenextdoor is a directory and marketplace for storage and self storage in the UK.
Storage hunters can search by area and view listings from commercial self storage and storage providers (trade listings) as well as being able to find listings by ordinary people with some extra space in their homes or properties (private or non-trade listings).
Trade listings are straightforward referrals from Storenextdoor to our partners' websites but private or non-trade listings are managed through the website and include a messaging service, legal contract and payment process. These non-trade listings also include insurance cover in the listed price.
A Baby, a Boat and an idea!
Three significant events happened to inspire the idea of having a search based website that listed both existing space available from independent self storage companies as well as the spaces belonging to individual property owners: Dom went to the Wired 2011 conference and got inspired about Collaborative Consumption*, Dan and his wife discovered that they needed to de-clutter their spare room to make a nursery, and Rosie inherited a sailing dingy.
(* the idea of doing business with your neighbours in a sharing economy. More information here)
A few weeks’ later and the idea for Storenextdoor was born when a discussion about the difficulty of researching good value local storage space collided head on with the idea of sharing spare space in the neighbourhood ... how about ... we thought ... Dan uses Rosie’s loft and Rosie puts her boat in Dom’s garage?
Once we had launched the 'peer-to-peer' service, we quickly realised that storage hunters were interested in a one-stop shop to search out all the options available at a local level so we opened the directory up to independent trade members to list their spaces. Now we are seeing new members coming on board everyday from across the country, our listings are growing and we are well on the way to becoming the UK's leading directory for independent storage.
Welcome to the storage revolution!