Finding storage auction listings can be a daunting task. Most cities don’t have a centralized information source to find storage auction information. This being said, you will have to search multiple sources to find storage auction listings in your area. This guide is meant to help you save time and money on your quest for information. Let’s take a look at your options.
Your number one source for storage auction information could be your local newspaper. Depending on the size of your city, you may only need to look in one source. Smaller towns typically have one large newspaper in which every storage facility within the county must advertise their legal notice. Your search may become more difficult if you live in a medium to large city because there may be several or more newspapers which publish legal notices. I live in the Houston, Texas area and we have over 40 smaller independent newspapers which publish these notices. In larger cities, newspapers may not be the best option because the cost to subscribe to and the amount of time required to search this many sources can be overwhelming.
Storage auction listing services can be a good resource but, you have to be careful because some don’t deliver what they promise. If you are lucky enough to have one of these services that covers your specific city, this will be the best resource you could find. Local storage auction listing services are extremely rare; at this time I believe there are only a handful that focus on a specific city. There are several storage auction listing services that focus on individual states, some of these can be excellent resources as well but, they usually aren’t as thorough as the local services. Last but not least, there are a plethora of national storage auction listing services. I don’t recommend using one of these services because their coverage area is so large and they neglect a majority of the storage unit auctions in most areas.
Another great way to find storage auction listings in your area is to locate the auctioneers that handle the auctions for the major storage facilities. You can locate these auctioneers through the search engines by using the following phrase – (storage auctions auctioneer your city). In most areas, this search query will produce 2-10 results from local auctioneers that conduct storage auction events. Most of these auctioneers will have a page on their website which lists their storage auction schedule.
Some storage facilities do publish their upcoming auctions on their website. I recommend using the online yellow pages, Google Maps or Yahoo Local search for this information because you can limit the search to provide listings of storage facilities within your zip code. Most of these results will include links to the storage facility’s websites.
If you have a lot of time on your hands, the last method can produce the best results. Calling the storage facilities in your area can be one of the best ways to get up to date information on local storage auctions. This method works best if you live in a smaller town or city. However, if you live in a medium to large city, I recommend focusing on your zip code or your specific community. One of the main advantages to calling storage facilities is that the facility may have advertised their auction in a smaller independent newspaper which may be difficult for the general public to find. This is especially true in suburban and rural areas. These auctions can be lucrative because a majority of the crowds will be attending the highly publicized auctions. When there is less competition at an auction, it greatly increases your odds of purchasing a storage unit at a lower cost.
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Good luck at the auctions!.