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Firm offers storage space for rent

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FLEXIBLE ARRANGEMENT: The rental period ranges between 14 days and 20 years

  AFTER establishing itself in Korea and Singapore, Extra Space Self Storage (ESSS) is now in  Malaysia.

    The company offers 123 storage spaces  for rent  at Lot 271, Jalan Dua off Jalan Chan Sow Lin, here.

  They range from 2.2sq metres  (size of a mini fridge) to 19.5sq metres (size of a garage).

  The clean, dry, private and well-lit storage spaces  can be rented for between  14 days and 20 years.

  The rental rate ranges between RM126 and RM1,050 per month.

  Chief executive officer Michael Hagbeck  said the company chose to expand its operations to Malaysia because  it had similar demographic  characteristics as Singapore.

  "This is to cater to the growing need of people who want to declutter their space, to make more room for their hobbies and lifestyle or just to store items until a later time.

  "It is also for those who need a safe and secure place to store their belongings in-between moves or during house renovation," he said.

  Hagbeck  said companies mostly rented the space to store their stocks, advertising materials, props used in events as well as old files.

  He said customers had  24-hour unlimited access to  their property.

  "Customers can  visit their valuables  any time, which is more than they can do with their bank safe deposit boxes."

  With regards to security, Hagbeck said the firm used an electronic personal access code system.

  "Customers have their own IDs that they  key in to get into the storage area. Only customers can access their space with their own padlock."

  Currently, Hagbeck said, 80 per cent of  ESSS's customers used their self storage space to store personal items. The remaining 20 per cent stored business items.

  "We are in the midst of building a quality wine storage facility which can hold up to 1,200 cases of wine. Wine should be kept at a constant temperature of 13o C with a 65 to 70 per cent humidity level.

  "Also, we are planning to have about 1,500 self storage space in two years' time, and have branches in Penang and Johor Baru."

  ESSS is offering a RM1 move-in promotion until June.

  "Customers only need to pay RM1 to rent their space for the first month, and another 30 per cent introductory discount for monthly rental after that.

  "All they need to do is to fill up an e-form on the website, and we will respond with a quote."

Michael Hagbeck showing the biggest self storage space available, at 19.5sq metres. Pic by Syarafiq Abd Samad


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