How Self Storage Units Work



A storage unit is surprisingly easy to use, even if you are unfamiliar with the rental process. It is more convenient to look for mini storage companies online, as some of them allow you to find and reserve a space using their website. By simply entering the state and city where you live, you can be redirected to the nearest facility in your area.

After settling on the location, you can select the size of the space that you will need. Some companies offer different unit types and sizes. These spaces can be small enough to store chest drawers and several boxes, or large enough to accommodate appliances and furniture that would fit in a three-bedroom home. There are even some facilities that can provide climate-control units for temperature-sensitive items or in-house parking for your recreational vehicles.

Some companies will allow you to reserve a space even without a credit card or cash deposit, so be sure to keep an eye out for such deals. You will just need to provide them with your name and contact details, and a confirmation code will be sent to your e-mail. As soon as you receive this, you can proceed to the storage units el paso and show the management your reservation code so that you can pay for your rental and transport your belongings.

Self-Storage Auctions Work

- Sealed Bid: This is the most common way that self-storage auctions are conducted. In a sealed bid auction, the facility manager will open up the self-storage unit that is having its contents auctioned off and let people look to see what is inside. Once everyone gets an opportunity to see the contents the manager will accept everyone's bids in a sealed envelope usually accompanied by their name and phone number. The highest bid gets the contents of the self-storage unit and will then typically have 48 hours to pay for and remove all the contents from the self-storage unit. In the event that the highest bid falls through, the next highest will be taken.

- Live Auction: A live auction of a self-storage unit is rarer to find, but a lot more fun to attend. As with the sealed bid auction the unit is opened up so it can be inspected for contents and at a certain time the auctioneer will begin his rant. The highest bid will win and usually will have 48 hours to pay and then clear out the unit.

- Blind Auction: This is not a popular type of auction but it does occur. This is where the manager will simply post that there is a blind auction happening for a self-storage unit's contents and the unit will not be opened up, hence the term 'blind.' The only person who will see the contents of the unit is the one who wins the blind auction. Other than the size of the unit there is little information that can be obtained. Some places will list, 'general items' or 'tools' as an example, but most will not say anything about the contents. The manager will usually take sealed bids for a certain amount of days and the highest bid will win. Sometimes they will have a live auctioneer insteadl, but not likely as a blind auction will bring in much less than one where everyone knows what they are getting into. The same rules usually apply as to 48 hours to pay and clear out the items.

When you have sorted through all of your household possessions and items you are then able to move onto the packaging aspect. When you are carrying out this you should label all of your boxes on all sides so that they are easy to identify and make sure that any fragile boxes are placed on top of heavier boxes. You should also make sure that you don't over pack boxes as they could become dangerous. Once you are all packed you should tightly seal boxes with packaging tape. This will not only make sure that nothing falls out of the box but it will also make sure that no dust enters the box and causes damage to your items.

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