How to Find Storage Auctions

Written by jeff dickinson
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Storage warehouses can be found in an increasing number in almost every city across America. With families downsizing from houses to apartments in this fragile economy, they need a place to store their extra personal belongings. What happens when someone moves away and leaves their storage space's contents? They are usually sold at an auction. Storage auctions are a great way to get that certain something at an inexpensive price. Here are some ways to find the best storage auctions in your area:

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Telephone

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  1. 1

    Log on to the Internet and visit the online Yellow Pages. Type "Self Storage" in the business box and the name of the city and state where you are looking for storage auctions and hit the "Search" tab.

  2. 2

    Print out the results from your Yellow Pages search so you have the name and telephone number for the storage facilities in your area.

  3. 3

    Call each storage facility and ask them if they are going to have any upcoming auctions for storage unit property.

  4. 4

    Call the storage facility on the day of a planned auction to make sure that the auction is still going to take place. Tenants sometimes wait to pay their outstanding rent until the day of an auction, causing it to be cancelled.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask storage facility owners if the contents of a planned auction can be viewed before the event. Looking at a storage unit's contents before the auction will give you a better idea of what will be sold.
  • When visiting a storage unit that is going to be up for auction, take a flashlight in case the unit does not have lights.
  • Check your local newspaper for legal notices of planned storage unit auctions. These advertisements will be in the classified section of the newspaper.
  • If you find personal papers and documents in a storage unit that you purchase, shred them instead of throwing them away. This will prevent anyone's personal information from being used illegally.

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