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Things You Shouldn’t do at Storage Auctions

Storage auctions offer a unique and lucrative way to earn money. If you’ve ever watched a reality TV show like Storage Wars or Auction Hunters, you probably have a general idea of how the process works: self-storage facilities hold auctions in which they auction off the contents of abandoned units to the highest bidder. The process sounds simple enough, but many beginners make some rather common mistakes. So if you’re thinking about participating in a storage auction, here are some …

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How to Organize a Self-Storage Unit Like a Pro

Does this photo resemble the current state of your self-storage unit? If so, then perhaps it’s time to reorganize your unit. Renting a self-storage unit is an undeniably great way to free up space inside your home or place of business. However, it’s only beneficial if you know how to properly organize your belongings, which is something that we’re going to discuss in today’s post. Large Items Towards the Back If you are familiar with the general concept of loading …

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Signs that Your Storage Unit is too Humid

Renting a self-storage unit is a great way to free up space in your home or place of business. Rather than cluttering your garage with excess items, you can safely store them inside the unit. But it’s important for tenants to watch for signs for high humidity, as it can damage or even ruin their stored belongings. So, how do you know when a self-storage unit is too humid? Condensation on Glass One tall-tale sign of a humid self-storage unit …

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Self-Storage Etiquette: Unwritten Rules to Follow

Renting a self-storage unit is a simple yet effective way to clear out the clutter from your home or place of business. If you’re unable to park in the garage due to excess furniture and boxes stacked to the ceiling, perhaps it’s time to rent a storage unit. Doing so will promote a clean and tidy home or workplace, making it well worth the investment. But if you’re going to rent a self-storage unit, you’ll need to know (and follow) …

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Money-Saving Tips for Storage Units

Thinking about renting a self-storage unit? Doing so is a great way to free up space inside your home or place of business. Instead of cluttering your home or workplace with unwanted items, you can place them in storage. But before you go signing a contract, there are a few things you should know about how to get the best deal. Larger Units Cost More It should come as no surprise that larger self-storage units tend to cost more than …

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How to Choose a Self-Storage Unit

Running out of space in your garage to store stuff? If so, you should consider renting a self-storage unit. For a small monthly/yearly fee, you’ll have your own unit for storage, allowing you to free up space in your garage, basement, bedroom, etc. But with so many different types of self-storage units out there, how do you know which one to choose? Space One of the first things to look for in a self-storage unit is the space. Ask yourself, …

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How to Boost Your Storage Auction Profits

Thinking about entering the buy-sell storage auction business? Self-storage facilities have auctioned off the property of non-paying tenants for decades in an effort to recoup some of their lost revenue. When a tenant doesn’t pay, the facility must wait X amount of days before it can legally auction off tenant’s property. Once this time frame has passed, an auction is held in which the highest bidder agrees to purchase the property. Like all businesses, though, there’s no guarantee of success …

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How Do Storage Auctions Work?

Although they’ve technically been around for decades now, storage auctions have just recently entered mainstream popularity due largely in part to TV shows like Storage Hunters. These shows have presented the industry in front of millions of Americans, showing them what it’s like to participate in the rewarding business of buying and selling abandoned storage units at auction. But many people are still confused regarding how exactly storage auctions work. Self-storage facilities generally operate by renting or leasing out individual …

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Wait Before You Trash Those Obselete Electronics!

Being in the buy-sell storage auction business, you’re bound to come across some old CRT (box-style) televisions, CRT computer monitors, outdated stereo systems, and other obsolete electronics. Many people choose to store these items in a self-storage facility, believing they may one day use them again. Of course, this time never comes, and the electronics become obsolete. So, what should you do with obsolete electronics such as this? Some storage auction seekers automatically assume this stuff is trash. After all, …

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Tips on Hauling and Transporting Storage Auction Goods

Congratulations on winning your first storage auction! It’s an undeniably fun and rewarding feeling that marks the beginning of your new venture. But after the auctioneer has named you the winner, you’ll need to begin cleaning it out. So in today’s blog post we’re going to reveal some helpful tips on how to transport goods acquired through storage auction. Don’t Leave Anything Behind! Newcomers to the buy-sell storage auction business often assume that it’s OK to pick and choose what …

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Storage Auction Bidding Strategies That Work

Bidding is an integral component of running a successful buy-sell storage auction business. If you randomly toss out bids without any sense of direction or strategy, you’ll probably send up on the losing side of this business. But if you bid with a clear focus and plan of attack, you’ll come away with valuable self-storage units that you can easily turn for a profit. Bid on What You Can See One of the easiest and most effective strategies is to …

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Surprising Facts About Humidity

Think you know everything there is to know about humidity? Think again. This week we’re going to take a look at some surprising facts about humidity and its effects. Humidity Is Lower During The Winter Did you know that most homes, workplaces and self-storage facilities experience low humidity during the cold winter months? This phenomenon is due to the fact that warm air – such as heated air found in most homes during the winter – is less dense than …

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Be Careful of What You Store in a Self-Storage Unit

Self-storage facilities have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with nearly 1 in 10 US families currently renting one. Of course, there’s a good reason for this trend: self-storage opens up a whole new world of storage possibilities. When you run out of storage space in your home, you can always use a facility instead. This means you can keep your home clutter-free while still hanging on to your belongings. If you’re thinking about using a self-storage unit, …

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Can You Keep Firearms in Storage Auctions?

This is a question many newcomers to the industry ask. Whether it’s a rifle, shotgun or pistol, firearms hold their value well when compared to other items. A typical 9mm handgun may fetch several hundred bucks, making it a great find for people in the buy-sell storage auction business. But are you legally allowed to keep firearms found in storage auctions? Firearm laws vary from state to state, so what’s kosher in one state may not be in another. However, …

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What You Should Know About Self-Storage Units

Do you struggle to find unused space in your home to store your belongings? Even if you have a garage, basement, and several spare bedrooms, you may still find yourself in this position at some point in time. It’s frustrating when this happens, but thankfully there’s a quick and easy solution available in the form of self-storage. Self-storage facilities rent units to individuals and businesses in need of additional storage space. This is usually done on a month-to-month basis, with …

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Did You Know? Facts About Self-Storage and Auctions

Think you know everything there is to know about self-storage units and storage auctions? Think again. While you may have a general understanding of this ever-growing industry, there are some facts that you may surprise you, which is what we’re going to discuss in today’s blog post. Self-Storage is Primarily US-Based You can find a few self-storage facilities scattered throughout other countries, but an overwhelming majority are located here in the United States. According to some estimates, there are approximately …

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Things To Consider When Bidding on Storage Units

Thinking about starting a buy-sell storage auction business? Doing so can be a fun and financially rewarding venture, but you need to have a general understanding of how the bidding system works. Far too many people are drawn to the allure of making quick money, but they ultimately fail to succeed because they don’t understanding the bidding process. In today’s blog post, we’re going to reveal some of the things you should consider when bidding on storage units. What’s Your …

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Storage Auctions: Bidding Your Way To Success

Bidding is a key component in running a successful buy-sell storage auction business. If you bid too high, you’ll end up paying more for a unit than what it’s really worth, which can cut into your profits or eliminate them altogether. On the other hand, bidding too low may prevent you from winning a storage unit, at which point one of your competitors will scoop it up. So, how do you know what to bid at a storage auction? First …

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Top Tips To Maximize Your Storage Auction Profits

The business of buying and selling the contents of abandoned self-storage units can be incredibly lucrative and self-rewarding. But like most businesses, there’s no guarantee of success, which is why it’s important for newcomers to familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of this trade. Following the tips listed below will help you maximize your profits while increasing your chances of establishing a successful, long-lasting business. Diversify Your Business Don’t place all of your eggs in a single basket. To …

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Tips on Cleaning Out a Storage Unit After Auction

If you plan on participating in a storage auction, you need to be prepared to clean out the unit afterwards. Beginners often assume they can pick and choose what they want to keep, leaving the trash behind for the storage facility to clean up. If you read the fine print in the storage auction’s terms and conditions, however, you’ll likely find that most facilities require the winning bidder to clean everything out of the unit within a 24-48 hour period. …

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How To Clean Out a Storage Unit, Fast

One of the requirements of bidding on self-storage auctions is that you must clean it out within 24-48 hours (varies depending on the facility). Failure to clean out the unit could result in your name being blacklisted, preventing you from participating in future auctions. So whether the unit contains valuable items or not, you must invest some of your time and energy into cleaning it. The good news is that you don’t have to spend all day hauling off trash …

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How Humidity Affects Self-Storage Units

Self-storage units typically fall under one of two different categories: climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled. Climate-controlled units offer a higher level of protection since the temperature and humidity are both regulated. When items are stored in environments of fluctuating humidity, it can open up a whole new world of problems, which we’re going to discuss in greater detail here. Pests You might be surprised to learn that humidity (or lack thereof) can attract numerous types of pests to self-storage units, including dust …

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Tips for Moving: How to Make Your Next Move Easier Than Ever

Moving…. Just the word sends me into a nervous twitch!! I know that moving can be exciting and a new chapter to one’s life. But for me, it is simply exhausting and overwhelming! It probably is due to the fact that I have had over 50 addresses in my life!! That’s right!!!! FIFTY!! So, I know a thing or two about moving! Since I recently did an “inside” job of moving while having new floors put down, I thought this subject matter might be quite …

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Summer Storage: How to Keep Your Items Safe

Well, Summer has officially arrived and THE HEAT IS ON!!! Here in Florida, we have entered our two month annual journey of 90 + degree-days and 90+% Humidity.  To say it is a bit Soupy is an understatement! But, just like Northerners during a Blizzard, you stay inside, keep the blinds tilted so direct sunlight doesn’t come in and simply relax in the air conditioning.  If we have to go out, we run through the stickiness, start the car, run …

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