Time-Saving Tips and Tricks for Storage Auction Bidders
When it comes to storage auctions, time is money. The sooner you are able to clear out the contents from a unit, the sooner you can move on to the next auction. Unfortunately, many first-time bidders spend their entire day at a single auction, without any real drive or determination to speed things up. As a result, they are unable to participate in additional auctions, restricting their profits and lowering their productivity. So, what steps can you take to speed up the process and cover more ground?
I know this is probably common sense to most seasoned storage auction hunters, but it's still worth mentioning that you should come prepared when attending an auction. If you happen to leave your gloves and cleaning supplies at home, you'll have to make an extra trip to pick them up, and that takes additional time out of your day. Prepare your equipment ahead of time, checking to make sure you have everything before heading out to attend a storage auction.
Ask for Help
Some storage units will contain nothing but small items, which can easily be hauled off by just a single individual in a truck or van. Others, however, will contain larger, heavier items like beds, couches, antique furniture, televisions, gym equipment, and machinery, which cannot be easily carried away by a single person. Rather than trying to haul off large items such as this by yourself, ask a friend or family member for help. An extra set of hands can make a world of difference when attempting to clean out a storage unit, and besides, there are some items that a single person simply cannot lift by him or her herself.
Pull Up to The Unit
When cleaning out a storage unit, pull your truck or van as close as possible to it. You want to create the shortest distance possible between the unit and your vehicle, as this reduces the time spent hauling items away.
Create (and follow) a Schedule
Do you have a schedule for attending storage auctions? If not, you should. Creating a schedule is a simple yet highly effective way to manage your time. Perhaps you can dedicate 2-3 hours for one auction and then 2 hours for the next. You don't have to necessarily follow this schedule minute-for-minute, but rather use it for a general idea of how much time you spend at auctions.