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What is Valet Storage?

By Rachel Mackintosh on June, 19 2019

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Valet storage is just like valet anything. Picture valet parking: you arrive at a nice restaurant and rather than spending time searching for a nearby parking space, or attempting to parallel park on the street, you hand the task off to a dedicated restaurant employee who takes care of the parking and the problems that come along with it for you. No hassle, better experience.


The Problem with Regular Storage

Now apply that to the storage industry. Regular self-storage is a lot like driving to a restaurant, searching for a parking spot for fifteen minutes and attempting a parallel park for the first time in three years — something worth avoiding if you have the chance. Think about it: you have to find a storage unit, pack all your stuff, rent a truck or load your car, drive to the facility, unpack everything, and drive home.

On the other hand, valet storage does all the heavy lifting for you (literally). Valet storage companies like Second Closet:

  1. Provide you with all the packing materials you could ever need, like durable safety-seal boxes.
  2. Come to pick up all your stuff.
  3. Deliver your stuff back when you need it (even individual items) all while you stay put in the comfort of your home.


Second Closet Provides Luxury Service for a Competitive Price

But here’s the crazy thing: even though valet storage may sound like a luxury service reserved for the elite, it can actually be cheaper than regular self-storage.

That's right, even though valet storage companies like Second Closet do more for their customers with pickup and delivery, we actually still beat out costs of competitive self-storage companies for our customers.

How is that even possible? Because the self-storage industry is so flawed.


Valet Storage is Designed Around You

With self-storage, you select a space and pay a set rate for that space. The problem is that people end up paying for storage they aren't using, as self- storage facilities always try to maximize your use of space. Prices of self-storage companies vary depending on unit, but in large, expensive cities like Toronto, prices range from around $40/month for very tiny spaces, to up to $900/month for very large spaces.

With Second Closet, you only ever pay for the storage you use. We believe that you shouldn’t have to pay for an entire unit just to store a single couch or set of skis, and that’s exactly why Second Closet offers custom storage plans. With both a space plan and an item plan to choose from, prices range $3/month for a single item to $335/month for a very large space, so you have a lot more options to best suit your individual needs.


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Second Closet Helps You Save Money

We firmly believe in helping our customers find the most cost-effective solution for their storage needs. If you ever reduce the amount of boxes or items you are storing, we will decrease your monthly rate as well. If you take sufficient items out of your storage space that your things would fit with one of our smaller plans, we will automatically suggest the switch to save you money.

We also never increase our rates on our customers. Traditional self-storage companies have a reputation for increasing their rates, forcing customers to either relocate or pay their inflated rate. At Second Closet, we guarantee the price you agree to will stay the same.


Ok, Let’s Summarize

  • Valet storage: a customer service solution to a hassle prone industry
  • Self-storage: an antiquated system that does not cater to modern people and modern challenges
  • Second closet: a Toronto and Vancouver based valet storage company that will solve all your problems (okay not all your problems, but a messy home equals a messy mind and we can definitely help clear that up).

Second Closet picks up, stores, and returns your stuff to help you manage seasonal items, organize a move, or simply declutter your home. Our process is effortless, quick, and can be entirely controlled through our online platform from the comfort of your home.


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