Doorage, a startup business specializing in valet self-storage, has launched service for the Chicago metropolitan market. The company uses an online platform that allows customers to schedule item pickup, maintain a visual catalog of stored belongings, and schedule delivery of items to their home.
While some valet-storage operators target residents who don’t have adequate home storage with a by-the-bin pricing model, Doorage determines each customer’s rental rate based on the exact amount of cubic feet used, according to the company website. It offers six pricing tiers ranging from $2.50 per cubic foot for up to 50 cubic feet of space to 35 cents per cubic foot for items requiring more than 801 cubic feet.
Doorage recently leased its first warehouse at 801 Chase Ave. in Elk Grove, Ill., from commercial real estate firm Westmount Realty Capital LLC, according to the source. The building comprises 21,627 square feet.
Customers aren’t allowed to visit the warehouse but can manage their belongings and schedule return deliveries through a photographic dashboard. Pickups and deliveries incur a $20 flat fee as long as Doorage workers spend less than 20 minutes at a residence. The cost for moving service beyond 20 minutes, is $45 per man per hour, according to the website.
The company intends to work with Westmount to lease other warehouse space in Greater Chicago and has plans to expand the brand nationwide within the next few years, the source reported.
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