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10 ways to use Neighbor storage

Howdy, Neighbor!

As a college student who isn’t from Utah originally, it was hard to find storage space to store all my belongings when I had to pack up for the summer and go back home in Virginia. Luckily my grandma would come to my rescue every time, but she lives all the way in Morgan, Utah, while I was attending school 70 miles away in Logan. So, not only was the traveling with all my stuff difficult, but then finding the space in the little storage room in her basement was also hard. There just wasn’t quite enough storage space. But things are different now! Thankfully there’s a new company called Neighbor to fix all these problems of storage space. Neighbor is a company that helps you find storage near you. It’s like an Airbnb but for storage.

Neighbor In The News

Neighbor has been growing rapidly over the course of a few months. It has even been in the news a few times. Here’s what people are saying about Neighbor:

“Neighbor, a year-old company that just announced $2.5 million in its first round of VC funding, is trying to fix the self-storage industry with a peer-to-peer alternative that the CEO says is a better alternative to storage for renters, and a better use of unoccupied space than Airbnb.” Business Insider

 

“Neighbor: a hoedown of pride. People are literally dancing on the streets outside my office, if you want to see tech enthusiasts move their arms and legs in the most unnatural ways come to Lehi right now.” Silicon Slopes

 

“Neighbor is making waves and building fans with a system that connects people who have stuff to store with the people who have space to spare.” Deseret News

 

“Peak Ventures and Pelion Ventures offered money to make self-storage cheaper, safer, and more convenient for communities. According to the company, communities in 25 states already use Neighbor.” KUTV

 

“The core business idea is to build a trusted marketplace for storage needs by offering people with items on their hands what it bills as a cheaper (and potentially easier) alternative to traditional self-storage solutions — and, on the host side, a platform to earn a little money for not having to do too much (just having space where you can let stuff safely sit).” – Techcrunch

 

10 Ways to Use Neighbor in Your Home

Now, if you’re someone who is thinking, “I have to be a part of this! But where can I have people store their belongings?” Here is a list of ten different potential storage places within your own home that can make you a few extra bucks.

#1 Garage

How To Use

You would use your garage for storage space if you only owned one car in a two-car garage (with no storage of your own cluttered in there), or if you never use your garage because you park your car outside all year round. Either way a garage can be a really good place to rent out for storage because it can fit a lot.

How Much Can Fit

How much storage you can fit in a garage depends on how many cars the garage can hold. If it’s a one-car garage, then that garage could be transformed into a bedroom, so think of how much storage could be utilized based off that. If it’s a two-car garage, you could transform it into a family room, with a three-car garage, it could easily be a separate living space with a bathroom and kitchen. That’s a lot of space.

How To Prepare

To prepare your garage for storage, the first thing you need to do is clean it up. Sweep out all the dust and dirt from the space. Make sure there are no critter droppings or dead bugs lying around. You could also rearrange things to make more room if need be. Decluttering your stuff is a good idea to prepare room for somebody else. Get rid of all the junk you don’t need. Next, place a tarp of some kind in the area where the renters will be placing their stuff. This way there’s extra protection. Then you’re all set!

How Much To Charge

Once you’re all set up, it’s calculating time. You need to figure out how much it’s going to cost the renter per year based off the space you’re providing. An average one-car garage is 12 ft deep and 22 ft wide. By using Neighbor’s space calculator you would charge $1,044 a year, but that’s if the renter is using all of the garage space.

#2 Bedroom

How To Use

A bedroom is great for storage space if you’re not using it for any other kind of purpose, like an office space, game room, or guest bedroom. If you have an extra room to spare, definitely make some money off of it by renting it out to people for storage.

How Much Can Fit

You can judge what and how much you can fit in there based off the kind of furniture you can put into a bedroom, like a couch, beds, a desk, a dresser, a TV stand, etc.

How To Prepare

Cleaning is going to a big deal in all these storage space ideas, just warning you now. Clean out and throw anyway any stuff in there you don’t want/need. Vacuum the carpets and dust the whole room. Even the closest could use some TLC if need be for extra storage space. You could put a tarp down to protect the carpets if you think you need to.

How Much To Charge

You’re going to need to measure the bedroom to figure out how much to charge per month. On Google it says an average bedroom that can fit two twin beds is 10 ft by 10 ft. According to Neighbor’s space calculator you would be charging $552 a year.

#3 Under the stairs

How To Use

Some houses don’t build in closet space underneath staircases but for those that do, this is a great opportunity to use it as a storage unit on Neighbor. Under-staircase space is not very large, so make sure you’re not taking on anyone who needs to store a kayak.

How Much Can Fit

If you look at the dimensions of your staircase you know that your space is only going to be as wide as the tread of the stairs (the board you step on when going up or down the stairs) and will be only as tall as the end of the stairs. Generally, with those dimensions, you could easily store anything that requires a smaller space: home décor, bed sheets, anything a closest can hold. And obviously, the higher or wider the staircase, the more storage you can hold.

How To Prepare

What’s the first step? You guessed it! Clean! Sweep and dust out all the cobwebs and other gross things you might find. Make sure all holes in the space are covered up. If you have one of those fancy staircase closets that’s nicely insulated with walls and carpet, then I would suggest vacuuming. And again, declutter anything that’s not wanted or needed.

How Much To Charge

Again, measure the length and width of the space to put into the space calculator on Neighbor to know how much to charge monthly. Unfortunately, there isn’t a staircase closet option for the calculator, so use “other” as your source.

#4 Attic

How To Use

If you have an attic that is capable of holding storage, then this is great space to keep things like small furniture. Obviously houses vary in size, and attic space is just as varied. Maybe your attic space isn’t big enough to reasonably store large furniture, but you can always keep someone’s sports gear or holiday decorations in an attic.

How Much Can Fit

When judging how much you can fit, the main issue of concern is the height of the attic. Some attics are not the tallest units in a home. You need to make sure there is adequate height, as well as an accessible entrance.

How To Prepare

Watching YouTube videos would indicate that the first thing you want to do is actually put in some raised frames to keep the storage off of the main flooring. You do this because you don’t want heavy weight to come through your ceiling. Click here to watch a video on how to build raised frames.

How Much To Charge

With this one, again, you’ll have to use the “other” option when trying to calculate the charge because there is no “attic” option on there. Using an attic space for storage can be pretty pricey if you’re wanting to rent out the whole space, so you’ll probably be charging about or over $1000 each year.

#5 Outdoor shed

How To Use

If you’re not using it for your own yard/ gardening tools, then you can store someone else’s in there. You can also store farming or yard maintenance equipment–or even a row boat–if your shed is big enough.

How Much Can Fit

Again, it all depends on size. Most sheds are small and designed just to hold outdoor equipment and gardening tools. When properly emptied out, however, there is probably adequate room to store a college student’s things.

How To Prepare

  1.       Declutter
  2.       Sweep
  3.       Dust
  4.       Put down tarp
  5.       Make sure there are no holes for critters to come in through, and that the ceiling isn’t leaky during storms. For sheds, I would tell your rentee to put their belongings in totes (plastic containers) for this kind of storage.

#6 Closets

How To Use

This won’t be the biggest storage unit posted on Neighbor, but don’t underestimate the power of renting out closet space! You would use this space the same way you would use a staircase closet; granted, it will probably hold less. Use it for storing sheets, towels, clothes, shoes, sports gear, cleaning supplies, etc.

How Much Can Fit

Most likely not a whole lot. It is a closet, after all. But you could probably fit in several dozen small to medium sized boxes.

How To Prepare

  1.       Declutter
  2.       Vacuum
  3.       No tarp is necessary

How Much To Charge

Use “other” as main source on the calculator and measure out the width and length of the closet. Because of it being closet space, you won’t be charging a whole lot per year, which might make you more popular because you’re cheaper.

#7 RV pad

How To Use

This isn’t really rocket science. For a concrete pad that isn’t covered, you’ll be using this space for keeping other people’s RVs, cars, farm equipment, and boats.

How Much Can Fit

The larger the pad,the more you can store there. If it’s on the smaller side, then maybe only a small car, some jet skis, or a kayak would fit.

How To Prepare

If you want your pad space to be covered, you could always build a roof for it. With whatever vehicle you store there, make sure the person who is leaving their mobile has a cover for it to protect it from weather and wildlife.

How Much To Charge

An RV pad on average is 8ft by 10ft, so putting that in the calculator you would be charging an estimated $384 a year.

#8 Kitchen cupboards

How To Use

I would honestly be surprised if someone wants to rent out this kind of space only because as a woman who likes to cook, I need all the kitchen storage I can get. But you can use this to store other peoples’ food, kitchen utensils/cooking appliances, dishware, towels–heck, you could possibly store someone’s book collection if you wanted to.

How Much Can Fit

Like closet space, probably not a lot, so hopefully someone with just a book collection will happily sign on with you.

How To Prepare

  1.       Dust it
  2.       …. That’s probably it.

How Much To Charge

With cupboard space you will definitely not be charging much, but hey, a few extra bucks per year is never a bad thing. Just make sure you use “other” as your option when figuring out the total amount.

#9 Basement

How To Use

You could rent out this storage as partial or whole. I can’t imagine you not needing at least half of your basement for your own storage needs, but if you’re not a hoarder and can actually rent out the whole space, then the entire basement would be a great money-maker. This size of space is great for holding another family’s stuff in between moves from one home to another.

How Much Can Fit

Like I said, you could fit a whole house full of furniture down there if you wanted. The possibilities are endless with a basement, so I wouldn’t worry too much on what you can fit in that space.

How To Prepare

  1.       Declutter
  2.       Sweep (or vacuum if it’s carpeted)
  3.       Put down a tarp or build platforms to keep the storage off the floor.
  4.       Patch any leaks or holes
  5.       You could be crafty and build shelves to hold more things.

How Much To Charge

A basement is going to bring in the big bucks depending on how much you plan to rent out. Remember, size is everything.

#10 Unused barn

How To Use

Now this option is a real creative one. Like a basement, the large size means that the storage possibilities are endless. You can use it for vehicle storage, for holding other farmers’ equipment or livestock, or you could subdivide the space to multiple users for storing just about anything.

How Much Can Fit

EVERYTHING. That’s what makes the space so nice!

How To Prepare

This one will actually be tough work to clean and prep because of the size of the space. You know the drill, but honestly the most important thing is making sure no wildlife gets in (no owls, mice, cats, or bats). All those creatures are attracted to barns. Make sure that the barn is well boarded. Also, having good lighting in there is an attractive bonus for potential renters.

How Much To Charge

I can’t imagine how much a barn would cost to use as storage. Easily a couple thousand dollars. You might want to put a nice discount on there.

So, there you have it! If you have unused space you want to rent out, try using Neighbor’s storage calculator. Let’s be creative with renting out your space! Click to links to follow Neighbor on social media, and sign up for Neighbor’s referral program. Neighbor is breaking a huge industry and is 50% cheaper compared to other storage options. Go to Neighbor now and see how you can be a host, a renter, or both!

Author: Megan Jolley

I'm a Salt Lake City resident, student of University of Utah getting my bachelors degree in marketing, originally from Washington D.C, a proud military brat, and a married woman to an incredible husband.

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