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Consider This: Your Vacant Parking Spot in Chicago Could Help Pay the Rent

September 17th, 2015 Posted by Car, Chicago Travel Tips, Community, Feature, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy No Comment yet

You love Chicago, but the rent is killing you.

According to YardiMatrix, the average monthly rent in Chicago is $1,628. Rents grew nationwide, on a year-over-year basis, by 6.5% in the last year, so there’s no relief in sight.

If you are feeling the financial pinch of high rent, you’re going to have to get creative.

Take on a roommate or three? Well, maybe. You have thought about it, but then you take a look around your place and start imagining: pizza stains on the wall, strange wall-banging in the night, and a doesn’t-know-when-to-quit-talking stranger who hogs your favorite chair.

Maybe not.

Here’s a concept:

Rent out your garage or parking space.

People are out there right now who need a place to park in your neighborhood. If you live in a popular area such as Bucktown, Near Northside, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park/West Town or The Loop, they are especially desperate for a spot.

If your space is vacant—for an hour, a week, a month or long term—it’s a hot commodity. Maybe it’s time you turned that commodity into cash, creatively.

MEET PARQEX, THE PEER TO PEER PARKING APPSpot in Chicago Could Help Pay the Rent

ParqEx is the peer to peer parking app that allows people who need parking to find people who have parking. We provide a user-friendly online marketplace that matches registered members who own parking spots (Owners) with members who want to use them.

Download the app to your android or smartphone device and you are instantly connected to hundreds of people who are searching for a parking spot.

TELL ME ABOUT THE MONEY

You set the price for your parking space. Prices vary by time, demand, location and other factors. You can use the app to see what other people are charging for similar spots to get an idea of the going rate.

You earn 80% of the rent money your parking spot earns. At the end of every month, the income is deposited into your account, or if you want to receive a check in the mail, allow an extra 15 days.

SAFETY

Not sure you want to rent your space to just anybody? The good news is that you don’t have to. At ParqEx we check and approve accounts, but in the end, you decide. Rent your space or not, it’s up to you.

We recently added an in-app chat feature (proof that we listen—this came as a result of app user feedback), that allows you to communicate with a prospect before committing, and after, to pin down all the details. This kind of personal connection sets ParqEx apart from the competition.

PRIVACY

Your privacy is protected… we promise! Your information is safe and secure with us. Only the people you approve will receive your personal data. But don’t take our word for it, check out our Privacy Policy.

CONVENIENCE

What if you listed your space as available, but decide to stay home and sink into your couch and Netflix?

Or what if your friends show up at your door with that road-trip look in their eyes and you get the feeling that your parking space might be vacant for, well, quite a while?

Not a problem—with ParqEx you can add or subtract your space from the list instantly.

In addition, we’re all about parking and only about parking at ParqEx. Unlike Craig’s List or the classifieds, you won’t have to share space with Go Pros and baby strollers.

LET’S TALK

ParqEx lives in Chicago too—at 111 West Illinois Street.

If you want more info, contact us and we’ll talk about how you’re going to turn your blank space into cash.

And while you’re making creative cash by renting out your parking space, try Elizabeth Atkinson’s 10 Things to Do for a Dollar in Chicago.

We’ll see you at Lillie’s Q.

ParqEx for Sharing Economy

Parking Comes to You with Sharing Economy

March 27th, 2015 Posted by Parking, sharing economy No Comment yet

No matter what industry you work in, the sharing economy is becoming a major component of it. How do you compete in a world where people want what they want, when they want it — and not a second less or longer? By giving them what they want.

Car services like Lyft and accommodations sites like Airbnb allow people to share what they have, whether that be a car or a home, with others who are looking to use them. Both parties win, with cheaper prices for the guests and some extra income for those renting. This service has started to work its way into other industries, such as apartment rentals, and of course, parking.

Community-oriented and focused on bringing people together so that everyone gets what they’re looking for, ParqEx is a parking app that epitomizes the sharing economy. People can search for parking spots listed by their neighbors and reserve them for hours or months, depending on what they need. Those who list their spots are able to make some extra money on something they already have.

As well, the app facilitates this transaction, uniting neighbors in an easy-to-use platform that allows them to easily swap what they have for what they want. It’s quick and simple, as well as readily available whenever they need it, making folks wonder why they wouldn’t use it.

The sharing economy will continue to grow in the near future, and more businesses will hop on board — even businesses you wouldn’t have guessed could even partake! Don’t miss out on your chance to create a win-win situation for you and your community by utilizing in these services. Finally, Parking Comes to You with Sharing Economy. From traveling to parking, you’ll be glad you did.

Protect Your Car wih ParqEx

Protect Your Car (from People Who Can’t Park)

January 21st, 2015 Posted by Car, Garage, Parking, Safety No Comment yet

You could be the best driver in the world, but that won’t always keep your car safe. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people out there who don’t have your vehicle’s best interests at heart, and they could very easily leave your car in worse shape than you found it. However, there’s still hope for you and your vehicle — that’s why we at ParqEx are here to help. Here are a few tips on how to Protect Your Car (from People Who Can’t Park)

• Park in a garage. Parking inside a garage is one of the best ways to keep your car safe from fellow drivers. If you don’t have your own garage, you can very easily rent one of these private spots for a very reasonable price on ParqEx. Hosts will love making a few extra bucks while you love knowing your car is safe from harm and crazy drivers.

• Park in a private area. Take your car to a secluded area to prevent others from tapping into your bumper. This doesn’t mean you’re relegated to the woods, though; there are plenty of private, controlled access spots you can rent, even in big cities like Chicago. ParqEx offers dozens of listings to choose from as you find the best one for you.

• Park during the day. The day time tends to lead to more crowded parking, but it’s also when folks feel more accountable. In the light of day, people are more likely to be careful and watch what they’re doing — even if it’s only because other people can see them. Make sure you’ve got a spot in the day time by using ParqEx and reserving it early.

Commit these tips to heart. With a little luck and help from us, you (and your car) will stay in tip top shape!

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