You’ll find storage facilities all across the United States. The best facilities are secure, clean, and affordable. Here in Tulsa, residents use storage for everything you can imagine. Furniture, collectibles, sports equipment – you name it. Occasionally, people who rent storage units abandon them. If nobody claims the storage unit, we are legally allowed to auction off the units to pay for the accrued debt. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the subject of this article. If you’re interested in storage unit auctions in Tulsa read on.
How Do Storage Auctions Work in Tulsa, OK?
If you’ve ever seen the TV show ‘Storage Wars,’ you might think that bidding on a storage unit auctions is easy. In reality, it takes a lot of planning. You’ll need to go to multiple auctions each week. Plus, you’ll occasionally purchase a storage unit that might not meet your expectations. The truth is, it’s a challenge to bid on a storage unit in Tulsa. The reason is simple; you can’t see what’s inside.
That’s because anyone who wants to bid on the unit can only look in from the front door. You can’t go in and open boxes, for example. Storage experts call that ‘bidding blind.’ And, of course, you have to win the auction. It’s not unusual to be outbid by someone else. You won’t win every auction!
How To Find Storage Unit Auctions in Tulsa, OK
You need to know where abandoned units are available to bid on them. You’ll also need to know what day and time the auction is taking place. That means contacting the storage facilities around Tulsa to get their auction schedule. Many of the storage facilities in Tulsa hold storage unit auctions monthly. Some facilities have them several times a month. Others hold auctions only once or twice a year.
Check the local classifieds or craigslist. Both of these resources have regular storage unit auction announcements. Some storage facilities have their own websites. This is where you can find out about their auctions. Most of SecurCare’s auctions are online via LockerFox. However, we still do a few in-person auctions in select states. There are also email newsletters you can subscribe to that have auction announcements. If you’re interested in attending a SecurCare Self Storage auction—digitally or in-person—contact a location near you for details.
Research Common Items Kept in Storage
To have success when bidding on storage units, you’ll need a knowledge of common items. Remember, you won’t get a good look inside, so knowing how to evaluate what you see is vital. You should know how to spot antiques, collectibles, and valuable items at a glance. It also helps to know approximate prices for selling items. That way, you can calculate whether a storage unit is worth its bid price and make quick decisions. Here’s a list of a few to start with:
- Antique furniture
- Collectible toys, games, actions figures
- Lego bricks, sets, and collections
- Antique books
- Vintage Clothing
- Classic cars and motorcycles
If You Win the Auction
You’ll likely win a few storage unit auctions in Tulsa even if you’re a beginner. When you do win, you’ll need to pay cash upfront for the unit. Not only that, you’ll need to clear the storage unit out within 24 to 48 hours. That means having access to a truck within one or two days of winning your auction. It also means you need to have the time to move everything out. To move everything out quickly, you’ll need a truck of some kind. If the unit is small, a pick-up truck may suffice. However, if you win a big unit with lots of items, you’ll need a moving truck or van. It’s a good idea to rent a truck ahead of time.
Bidding on storage unit auctions in Tulsa can be quite rewarding if done correctly. However, there’s no denying that it takes a lot of time, energy, and effort, there’s no denying that. Ironically, renting a storage unit to store your new items is a good idea. That way, you won’t fill up all the extra space in your home. Plus, you can make sure they stay safe, and clean things up if needed before selling them. SecurCare has several storage units available in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Give us a call or stop by with any questions.
Good luck and happy bidding!