Storage space in short supply

Housing crisis driving demand

Housing crisis driving demand

Gisborne storage businesses have come up with short and long term solutions to meet the increased demand for storage, due to the current housing and renting crisis.

More house sales and a small number of rental properties available have caused the demand, say local businesses.

Self Storage Gisborne owner Peter Jex-Blake said he had noticed a growing demand due to the housing situation.

“We have noticed an increased demand over the past 12-18 months.

“We are always having people come and go, but with a lot more people moving here, and a shortage of houses for rent, they just keep filling up quicker and quicker.”

In response to the demand, Mr Jex-Blake has come up with a short-term solution.

“We are in the process of expanding our facility, building more storage sheds.

“But we have also brought in shipping containers as a way of meeting the current demand.”

A spokesperson for Store It All Gisborne Limited said they were also expanding their business by building more units.

They encouraged people to get on to the storage waiting lists if they knew they would need to move house soon.

ContainerCo, an Auckland-based storage business which services the Gisborne area has also noticed an increase.

“We have noticed a growing demand for storage in the Gisborne region,” a ContainerCo spokesperson said.

“It has picked up quite substantially over the past year.”

The renting crisis has also seen an increase in some rental prices.

Over the weekend, a three bedroom home was advertised on the Facebook community page, Preloved Gisborne, for $750.

One local resident who is currently looking for a rental property, said people were taking advantage of the desperate situation by hiking up their prices.

Or house hunters were making bids higher than the asking price in order to secure a home, she said.

“We went to a house viewing recently. We arrived early and were the first people there.

“Within minutes cars were lined on both sides of the street, all vying for this one property.

“It was priced for $350 and we could hear people saying, ‘can we have this place? We’ll pay $400’.”

Gisborne storage businesses have come up with short and long term solutions to meet the increased demand for storage, due to the current housing and renting crisis.

More house sales and a small number of rental properties available have caused the demand, say local businesses.

Self Storage Gisborne owner Peter Jex-Blake said he had noticed a growing demand due to the housing situation.

“We have noticed an increased demand over the past 12-18 months.

“We are always having people come and go, but with a lot more people moving here, and a shortage of houses for rent, they just keep filling up quicker and quicker.”

In response to the demand, Mr Jex-Blake has come up with a short-term solution.

“We are in the process of expanding our facility, building more storage sheds.

“But we have also brought in shipping containers as a way of meeting the current demand.”

A spokesperson for Store It All Gisborne Limited said they were also expanding their business by building more units.

They encouraged people to get on to the storage waiting lists if they knew they would need to move house soon.

ContainerCo, an Auckland-based storage business which services the Gisborne area has also noticed an increase.

“We have noticed a growing demand for storage in the Gisborne region,” a ContainerCo spokesperson said.

“It has picked up quite substantially over the past year.”

The renting crisis has also seen an increase in some rental prices.

Over the weekend, a three bedroom home was advertised on the Facebook community page, Preloved Gisborne, for $750.

One local resident who is currently looking for a rental property, said people were taking advantage of the desperate situation by hiking up their prices.

Or house hunters were making bids higher than the asking price in order to secure a home, she said.

“We went to a house viewing recently. We arrived early and were the first people there.

“Within minutes cars were lined on both sides of the street, all vying for this one property.

“It was priced for $350 and we could hear people saying, ‘can we have this place? We’ll pay $400’.”

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