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Nowadays, people are looking for ways to make extra money. Spending money is, in other words, much harder to come by. Chances are that you are buying fewer DVDs, buying cheaper food, and generally looking around for good ways to save yourself some extra money at the end of the month. Well, if you find that you have a little bit of free time to spare, then you may decide to head out to a few self storage auctions to make yourself a little bit of extra cash. While you are going to have to develop some new skills to succeed at these auctions, you are going to find that they are a great way to make some extra money once you get good at what you are doing.
First and foremost, reader, you are never going to want to forget to bring your money in cash. When you when an auction on your self storage unit, your property manager is going to want the money right there, on the spot. If you are looking for big ticket items, then you are going to want to bring several thousand dollars with you in a safe. If you are not looking to spend quite that much money, then you should show up with three or four hundred dollars and limit yourself to smaller, less valuable units. It is better to start out this way, anyway. You need to get your feet wet before you can really start to drop some change at these auctions.
Moving on, reader, you are always going to want to be sure that you are bringing a flashlight with you to these auctions. Central to your success, here, is your ability to be able to see the items that are in the very back of the unit. Typically speaking, the biggest, heaviest, and most valuable items are going to be loaded into the unit first, meaning that you are going to find them in the back of the unit, behind all of the other stuff. If you cannot see back there, then you are not going to be able to make a very educated bid on that unit. By bringing a flashlight along with you, you guarantee that you are going to have a competitive advantage.
Finally, reader, you are going to want to be sure that you keep your eyes peeled for all of the big ticket items. What are these, you might ask? Simple. Keep an eye out for tool boxes, as their contents are going to fetch you a pretty penny. Also, keep an eye out for gun chests, safes, and these sorts of things. There is no telling what they are going to contain. Beware the self storage units that are stuffed with boxes and random odds and ends, as they are probably not hiding any valuable items. In my experience, I have found that the neat, organized units are the ones that you want to target, not the super messy ones that are in shambles.
While you are going to have to sink some money into these auctions before you get good at them, you are going to find that they are great way to make some extra money when you are strapped for cash. Like anything else, you have to put your practice hours in before you get really good.
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