If you keep up with our blog here at StorageUnitAuctionList, you probably have a good idea of what to bring when attending a storage auction. This includes cash (most self-storage facilities only accept cash for auction payments), as well as gloves, boots, a broom and dustpan, a flashlight, and a lock. However, a tool that’s often overlooked by first-time auction hunters is a camera.
So, why do you need a camera when attending a storage auction? For starters, having a camera will allow you to take photos of all units that are up for auction. Even if you don’t plan on bidding, you can still snap some photos of the units once the auctioneer cuts the lock. Using these photos, you can go back to determine the value of its contents. You obviously won’t be able to bid on a unit after the auction is over, but you can certainly use the photos to make better judgements in the future.
Another reason why you should bring a camera to a storage auction is because it will help with price valuation of the products you come across. If you find an old collectable and want to know how much it’s worth, just snap a photo and send it someone who’s experienced with this line of products. Whether it’s an old Barbie doll, baseball cards, autographed movie memorabilia, or practically anything else, a camera will assist in price valuation. Take a photo of the product, send it to a professional, and wait for a response.
Cameras will also allow you to take photos of the various self-storage facilities that you come across. Rather than driving around for hours trying to find a facility, you can reference your photos to see its exact location.
Now that you know a little bit about the benefits of having a camera at a storage auction, you might be wondering which type of camera is the best. In all actuality, you don’t need to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on some high-end DSLR. Most modern-day smartphones are equipped with some pretty decent cameras. Granted, they may lack the level of visual clarity and detail found in a DSLR, but they are perfectly fine for snapping photos of storage units.