When Is The Best Time For Storage Unit Auctions?


This is a question many first-timer storage unit hunters ask themselves. When there's a large number of people at the auction, you can expect to pay more for abandoned storage units. More people translate into more bids, which subsequently raises the cost for the winning bidder. Going to a bidding when there's a low number of people, however, will allow you to win storage units at a lower price.


Wal-Mart isn't the only establishment that offers hot deals for the holidays. You can often score storage units at a discount price during the holiday season. This isn't because the storage facility is offering special deals and promotions, but instead it's because most hunters are busy spending time with family and/or shopping at retail stores. The smaller crowds translate into lower winning bids at actions, so don't underestimate the power of storage hunting during the holidays.

It's important to note that some storage facilities may postpone auctions during certain holiday times; therefore, you should request a schedule in advance so you know exactly when and where the auctions will take place.

Bad Weather

Another prime time for storage unit auctions is bad weather. Let's face it, no one enjoys standing outside for hours on end when it's pouring rain, especially during the winter. You can use this to your advantage, however, by attending auctions when the weather is bad. You may have to endure some uncomfortable weather, but that's a small price to pay for the cost-savings of scoring a hot storage unit as a discount price.

Here's a tip: bring an umbrella and dress in layers when attending storage unit auctions in bad weather. If mother nature tries to throw you a curveball, you'll be glad you brought these items.


Of course, weekdays can also yield some low-cost storage units. The truth is that most people who attend storage auctions do so as a side hobby and/or part-time job. Their "regular" job likely occurs during the normal 5-9, Monday through Friday. Attending auctions on a weekday means you won't have to deal with as many part-time hunters as your would on the weekend.

Check The Crowds

If you notice an exceptionally large number of people gathered around for a storage auction, it might be best to avoid it. You can usually get a feel for an auction by scouting out the crowds ahead of time. If there's only a few people gathered for it, however, you can expect lower bid prices.

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