Roost Shared Storage Inc., a peer-to-peer self-storage marketplace that links people looking for storage space with those who have extra space in their homes, has launched in San Francisco. Operated through Roost.com, the service can provide more affordable and convenient storage options for people in the Bay Area than traditional self-storage, company co-founder John Gillon told the source.
People with space available for storage and vehicle parking can create a verified profile on the website that includes information about the “host” as well as public ratings and reviews. Those interested in renting space can search for options by location and size as well as by the type of access they want, the source reported.
Hosts can provide renters with anytime access to their belongings, limited access restricted to advance notice or set times, or zero access, where contents may not be retrieved until the renter is ready to remove his items. Storage reservations may be made for fewer than 30 days or longer than a month, according to the Roost website.
Storage tenants are restricted from storing “inherently dangerous materials,” radioactive equipment, animals, plants, or stolen or illegal items. Hosts may also restrict items at their discretion, according to Roost.
Roost offers a limited renter’s guarantee for reimbursement of losses exceeding $250. The guarantee is good up to $1,000 for loss of or damage to stored items as a result of “fire, flood, named windstorm, vermin, freezing, and, except in California, earthquake,” according to its terms and conditions. The website encourages renters to consult their personal insurance policies for additional coverage.
Roost is using San Francisco as a testing ground in hopes of expanding the service to other major cities. The peer-to-peer service is similar to RovingBox.com and StowThat.com, which launched separately last year and enable homeowners to advertise and be searched by potential renters for their available storage space.