Check in your spare furniture into a 'hotel'

AT THIS “hotel”, you don't check yourself in. Instead, you check in your furniture and things. 

Hersing Corporation, the holding company for ERA Real Estate, has spent S$10mil (RM2.1mil) to create a “hotel” with 2,000 empty rooms of various sizes at Kallang. 

It hopes customers will fill up the rooms with items which they cannot bear to part with but have no space in their home to keep, or use them to store furniture while their flats are being renovated. 

Hersing chairman Harry Chua said: “Think of it as a hotel, only you check in your things instead.” 

Units are available in 20 different sizes, starting from 25sq ft, and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Currently, the largest room measures 300sq ft.  

The facility is protected by a security system comprising 24-hour camera surveillance and fingerprint recognition. 

Most other firms which offer storage facilities expect customers to share storage space and may not have 24-hour access.  

Security company Cisco is one of the few which offers whole rooms. However, it does not target the same clientele as Hersing.  

David Chng and his wife started using Hersing's facility a week ago.  

The couple, who are in their early 30s, are paying S$250 (RM525) a month for a 97sq ft room, where they have put their furniture and household items. 

They have sold their home and are staying at her mum's place while looking for a new one.  

Said Mrs Chng, an administration and finance manager: “We knew about such services when we lived in America.  

“I like the freedom of having our own space and the level of security it provides.” – The Straits Times/ Asia News Network 

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