WHAT IS A BUYER'S PREMIUM?
Posted on 10/06/2019
When you think storage auctions, if you are like a good portion of the population, the images you conjure up are similar to what you have witnessed on popular television programs. While storage auctions are pretty darn exhilarating and definitely exciting to be a part of, the whole thing is usually not as dramatic as what you see on TV. If you want to make the most out of your storage auction experience as a buyer, there are a few key points that you should become familiar with before you go.
It can sometimes be difficult to find auctions that allow just any participants to take part as bidders, and sometimes, it can be difficult to find these auctions at all. Make sure you keep a close watch on sites like Locate Auctions, which gather all of the latest storage auctions happening near you. Here, you can gather useful information before hopping in your box truck and heading off into the sunset to nab a good deal. Before you start your engine, don't forget to pack these essentials:
On the day of the auction when you arrive at the storage unit facility, you will be required to apply for a bidders number and give your personal contact information, which may include offering valid photo ID. Some of the more high-end storage facilities require an entry fee, which is held as deposit against any bids that you do win while you are at the auction. And, you may be required to pay a cleaning deposit, which is held to ensure that you do clean out the unit within the allotted time frame (usually a day or two) if you win.
Prior to the beginning of the storage auction, bidders are usually given a pamphlet or handout that gives a general overview of how many units will be sold that day and their size. The auctioneer will likely go over a few etiquette rules and guidelines that have to be followed. Unlike more traditional property auctions, such as with homes or vehicles, you will likely not be given a substantial amount of time to assess the units before bidding actually begins. In most cases, the auctioneer will cut the lock on specific units one-by-one, giving bidders only a brief opportunity to survey the items inside of the unit. You will not typically be allowed to step inside or even reach inside of the units or open containers or boxes.
During the short amount of time you have to view and evaluate the contents of the storage unit, here are a few things to look out for:
This list is by no means a fool-proof tactic for determining whether a unit is worth anything. Bidding on storage units is still very much a gamble but these are sensible clues that are helpful for beginners.
Amidst all of the hustle and excitement of the auction-going crowd, it is easy to feel a little overwhelmed or even get a little overzealous. To make sure you don't make a few auction bidding mistakes, there are a few general rules that you should keep in mind when it comes to bidding etiquette:
If you are like most storage auction bidders, you intend to purchase units that are brimming with items for resale. This is a good way to turn a quick profit, but don't get caught up in the gamble of the idea. There are units out there that are filled with basic leftovers and nothing of real value and you will sometimes win a unit that turns out to be a bust. However, you never know which unit could be a big score. There are no hard and fast rules to go by when it comes to looking for units that will bring you the most profit. Just keep your eyes open and follow your instincts and watch veteran bidders and get familiar with what they seem to go for at an auction.