This Week in the World of Storage Hunting
Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you're enjoying the weekend, kicking back and relaxing. While you're chillin' out, we've picked three of the most interesting storage auction news articles of the week, just for you!
You heard that right! If you're in the Charleston area today and you need your Storage Wars fix since the season ended, the cast will be at UNITS Portable Storage, presumably to film new content for the upcoming season. According to the coordinator, the auction begins at 11:00am and there will be 12-15 units up for grabs. Free admission, but I'd get there early if I were you! If you're planning on bidding, expect to overpay today. (We'd love to hear your experiences if you attend!)
The most recent horror story in the storage auction world has been buzzing around the Internet. An unlucky bidder in Pensacola discovered the gruesome remains of human bodies in a storage unit he won. Crudely preserved brains, lungs, and hearts were among the horrors discovered in the unit. Dr. Michael Berkland, a former medical examiner and the original owner of the defaulted unit, was arrested on September 7th. Authorities are still trying to determine the identity of the body parts, and whether or not any foul play was involved besides the obviously illegal storage of potentially hazardous materials.
According to a recent press release, “The self-storage industry survived the ‘great recession’ by sustaining occupancy levels…Extra Space Storage reported consecutive increases in same-storage occupancy… from 2009 to 2011. In addition, the company’s revenue increased 17% from 2010 to 2011.” And as you know, a booming self storage industry is a very good thing for storage hunters. More people renting storage units means more people defaulting on storage units...which means more auctions for you! Score.
Have a great weekend...we'll see ya on Monday.