The Early Bird Catches the Worm
If you ask a facility owner when their next storage auction will take place, in the event that they have an answer for you, the first thing they will tell you is the date and time. The second thing you will hear is, "but make sure to be early, these things start right on time."
Punctuality is a virtue, even when it comes to storage auctions, and it's for a good reason. Before a self storage auction can begin all auction participants must sign-in or register with the facility owner or auctioneer, whomever is in charge. This registration process will vary from facilty to facility, but for the most part the same things will be required of the auction-goers.
Every storage auction you go to will require you to have your ID with you, they may even make a copy of it. The reason being that when you bid on and win units at storage auctions, like with any other auction format, you enter into a verbal contract and are required by law to pay for the unit you bid on. Otherwise, you can be billed or even brought into small claims court. So facilities will take your personal information when you first arrive.
The facility may give you a placard with a number on it to use when placing bids. And they may even have an auction schedule to hand out. Understand though, that if you do not come early enough to the auction to go through the facility's registration process that you can not particapate in the auction at all. Usually atfer everyone is signed in and outfitted with the proper equipment the auctioneer.
In addition, remember to look out for caravan-style storage auctions, where multiple units at multiple facilities will be auctioned off over the course of one day. Always call ahead to make absolutely certain that you end up at the right place at the right time. Otherwise, you could waste your entire morning...and there's nothing more disappointing to a storage hunter! r or facility owner will breifly explain to everyone what to expect and how to behave. Then you will follow the crowd to the first unit of the day and beyond that anything can happen.
If you want to stay ahead of the game, why not subscribe to our website? We list the date and time of all auctions, and verify them for you! Anything we can do to make your life easier, we'll do it, and we'll do it well. So slow down and take it easy, storage hunters, we'll do the work for you.