One of the most difficult things for a storage facility to do is to auction off an individual’s items. There are many different laws that have to be followed. The reason why I say it is so difficult for the facility to do this is because they often don’t break even when it comes to the costs of advertising and getting an auctioneer to come out and auction the units. Today I am going to talk about how not to go to auction and also what to do if you buy an auctioned storage unit.
First to customers who are renting storage units, communication is very important when it comes to making late payments. The facility does not want to auction off your unit. The facility would much rather communicate with you concerning your situation and see if there are any other possibilities or outcomes that will help both you and the facility. Just let the facility know your situation and what you need to do. They will often work up a payment plan or another way for you to catch up.
Now to the people who come to the storage unit auction! The facility is auctioning off tenants belongings because that tenant is behind in their payments. The facility, as I mentioned above, is going to take a loss on this unit. Keeping that in mind the facility would like you to clean and remove all of the items in a facility as quickly as you can. There is usually a 24 to 48 hours time limit on cleaning out the storage unit after you have bought the contents. The facility does not appreciate and trash or useless items that may be left in the storage unit. If you purchase it take everything with you! If a facility has a dumpster that is for the tenants of the facility, ask the manager or the worker what items can be placed in the dumpster if anything from your unit. The facility also has hours of operation please be aware of these times and know that you might not be able to access these units after that time. Just plan ahead and let the facility know your plans. Facilities may work with you on times that you can be there if they are out of the office. Thank you for your interest in storage unit auctions and what facilities need when it comes to your participation.
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