Linda and Peter OConnor purchased their 32-foot journey trailer so they might get pleasure from their retirement years seeing the nation. However after they began searching for a spot to retailer it close to their house in Kerrville, they have been shocked by the costs quoted.

“They needed $350 to $450 a month for a coated spot,” mentioned Linda, who was a purchaser for a producer of commercial fasteners.

Then she Googled “RV storage” and found Neighbor,, which payments itself as a self-storage market that matches owners and others who’ve unused area — a spare bed room, basement or storage — with these searching for a secure place to retailer all the pieces from clothes, books and data to vehicles, boats and journey trailers.

At this time, the OConnors’ RV is safely ensconced beneath a metallic carport in Alejandro Lara’s entrance yard lower than 10 miles from their house, and for less than $120 per 30 days.

Linda and Peter OConnor store their 32-foot travel trailer beneath a carport in Alejandro Lara’s front yard less than 10 miles from where they live.

Linda and Peter OConnor retailer their 32-foot journey trailer beneath a carport in Alejandro Lara’s entrance yard lower than 10 miles from the place they dwell.

Linda OConnor

“It’s obtained all the pieces we needed,” she mentioned. “It’s low-cost, we will get to it at any time when we wish and each couple of days I drive previous simply to ensure all the pieces’s OK.”

Usually known as the Airbnb of self-storage, Neighbor was launched in 2017 and in the present day operates in all 50 states, with revenues 5 instances larger this 12 months than final, in response to co-founder and CEO Joseph Woodbury, who declined to offer income figures for the privately held firm.

Woodbury credit this increase to the one-two punch of a pandemic adopted by inflation, which spurred many householders to search for a money-making aspect hustle whereas on the identical time prompting self-storage clients to search for extra cheap digs for his or her stuff.

“Nearly everyone’s obtained some empty area someplace of their home that they will hire,” Woodbury mentioned. “And as soon as it’s rented, the cash will get transferred into your account routinely. They’ll make cash actually whereas they sleep.”

In comparison with many sharing-economy companies, Neighbor requires little of its hosts. New hosts should first choose the kind of area they’ve out there, any options it has (local weather managed, non-public entrance, whether or not it’s locked, and so forth.) after which write a brief description with measurements and images of the area.

Homeowners can register on the website to rent their unused space, such as a garage, for a monthly fee to people looking for a place to stash their stuff.

Owners can register on the web site to hire their unused area, resembling a storage, for a month-to-month charge to individuals searching for a spot to stash their stuff.


Renters enter their location and what they need to retailer, whether or not it’s frequent home items, a car and even enterprise stock resembling computer systems and workplace furnishings. They’re then served a collection of out there areas inside a distance they set, and might then contact the hosts for any of the areas that curiosity them via the web site.

Vicente Hernandez lives on Houston’s East Aspect and lately listed an empty space for storing in his house for $35 a month.

“I’m separated and the cash will help me do one thing with my youngsters when I’ve them each different weekend,” he mentioned. “Possibly take them out to dinner or to a film. One thing good.”

Woodbury claims that areas on Neighbor hire for a median of 30 % to 50 % lower than on the chain storage locations. It’s additionally so much simpler to seek out storage on Neighbor, he mentioned.

“The self-storage business builds about $5 billion in new stock yearly, however they nonetheless have occupancy charges over 96 %,” he mentioned. “In order that they’re mainly full. Alternatively, now we have loads of areas out there.”

Certainly, a fast seek for a 10-by-10-foot space for storing on the North Aspect of San Antonio lately turned up 54 areas inside 10 miles of the airport. One other seek for coated car storage inside 15 miles of South Park Mall discovered 44 out there areas.

Woodbury additionally has a prepared response to those that could be hesitant about leaving their valuables in another person’s house or property. In any case, what’s to maintain a nosy parker from rifling via their stuff, both out of idle curiosity or whereas searching for one thing to filch?

“The very best safety we provide is that we’re hyperlocal,” he mentioned. “You’re storing your stuff with somebody who’s, typically actually, your neighbor. That tends to construct extra belief between the host and renter.”

And if belief isn’t sufficient, the positioning additionally provides hosts a free, $1 million private legal responsibility safety plan within the occasion a renter will get injured by, say, tripping and falling whereas on the host’s property.

Renters additionally should purchase one among a number of plans that can reimburse them ought to their stuff be stolen, broken or destroyed — though the plans do carry a ten % deductible.

Such measures aren’t foolproof, nonetheless, and as with different sharing financial system techniques, Neighbor, like different attracts its share of con artists. When somebody contacted Erika Longoria about renting the shed within the yard of her house on San Antonio’s northeast aspect, for instance, he requested about bypassing the positioning’s fee system and sending her a examine.

“I knew he was a scammer and shut it down instantly,” she mentioned.

Christian Espinoza's backyard shed measures 13-by-25 feet and rents for $135 per month on the self-storage marketplace website.

Christian Espinoza’s yard shed measures 13-by-25 ft and rents for $135 per 30 days on the self-storage market web site.

Christian Espinoza

Whereas hosts can set their very own hire, the positioning additionally suggests a worth primarily based on demand and competitors within the space. The algorithm advised that Christian Espinoza cost $135 per 30 days for the 13-by-25-foot wood shed within the yard of his Kirby house.

“I don’t use the shed as a result of I dwell on my own and have loads of area in the home,” mentioned the cable technician. “I figured it’d be good to make a bit bit of additional cash on it.”

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