Storage Auctions: Breaking Down the Contents of a Unit

moving-boxes-01Attending a storage auction for the first time can be a daunting process to say the least. You must battle your way through other bidders while keeping your emotions in check. Assuming you are the winning bidder, however, you must then begin to break down the contents of the unit. Of course, there's a right way and a wrong way to do this. So if you're still scratching your head trying to determine the best way to break down a self-storage unit, keep reading for some helpful tips and tricks.

Make a Path

One of the first things you should do after winning a storage auction is to clear a path into the unit. Depending on the current state of the unit, you may need to move out some of the larger items and boxes so you can access the back of the unit. So, go ahead and shuffle around the boxes, removing large items if necessary, to create a pathway.

Create a Trash Pile

Even valuable self-storage units are going to contain trash. This is why it's a good idea to bring a box of garbage bags along with a push broom when attending storage auctions. After clearing a pathway into the self-storage unit, start throwing away any and all trash that you come across. You can also toss items of no value into this pile. If you come across some old clothes, for instance, that are obviously damaged beyond repair, it's best to toss them in the trash so you can continue cleaning out the unit.


But there are some items that you may want to donate instead of tossing in the trash. If the clothes are still in relatively good condition, for instance, you can donate them to a charity organization. It's doubtful that you'll earn money on them, but you may still receive a tax-deductible receipt for the donation.

Place Delicate Items to the Side

Use caution when rummaging through the contents of self-storage unit, handling delicate items with extra care and attention. It's not a bad idea to place delicate items to the side, as this reduces the risk of unintentional damage. If you want to turn a profit from the unit -- and I'm assuming you do -- you'll need to preserve the contents of the unit, keeping them in the best condition possible. You can then personally transport these delicate items in your car or vehicle.


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