Have you seen the hit A&E television series, “Storage Wars”? In case you’re not familiar, the show follows a cast of bidders that attend storage auctions, hoping to hit the jackpot by purchasing repossessed storage units. The bidders aren’t able to enter the storage unit, and must decide whether or not to bid on the unit and its contents based on what they can see from the outside. While you may not be heading out to a storage auction anytime soon, there are a few important storage lessons that can be taken away from the show!
1. Be Wary of Storing Valuables
Even though you probably won’t have a group of eager bidders pawing at your unit in the near future, you still want to proceed with caution when storing valuable items in your storage facility. Although your unit likely won’t be going up for auction, that doesn’t mean it’s the best place for the safekeeping of your prized possessions. Keep important items close at hand, and save your unit for housing extra, unneeded stuff.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Get Things Appraised
This is especially important to remember for those times when you sort through your unit. If you have an inkling that something you own may be of significant value, don’t hesitate to contact an appraiser for more details and information. You’d hate to discard something that you assume is worthless, only to find out it was extremely rare or a prized antique. Take the time to find out more about a mysterious item. Even if it doesn’t end up being worth much, you still learned something new!
3. Take Care of Your Unit
Because the bidders on “Storage Wars” make purchasing decisions on first impressions alone, they insist that you can tell a lot about a unit’s contents based on how it’s organized and taken care of. The units that contain neatly stacked boxes and bins typically sell for more than the messy, cluttered lockers, as the bidders assume people work to take care of the belongings that they value. If the unit is a mess, the owner likely didn’t care too much about the contents. Auction or no auction, maintaining an organized storage unit is a great habit to get into. You’ll have an easier time finding what you need, and your items will be less likely to get crushed or damaged by falling boxes and debris.
4. Know the Law
Most of the units sold on “Storage Wars” are up for auction because the units have been repossessed. In most cases, these tenants neglected to pay their bills for rental of the storage unit. Not only is it extremely important to pay your bills on time, you also want to be aware of the laws in your state when renting a unit. The laws about the auctioning of storage units can vary greatly from state to state, so make sure you’re well-informed before signing a contract.
“Storage Wars” is undoubtedly entertaining, but it’s also educational! Even if you don’t plan on handing over a pocketful of cash at a storage auction, these lessons from the show are still helpful for any storage unit renter.
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