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We just bought the contents of 6 storage units.. I am amazed every time we buy one, the things people leave in them..

If we were dishonest people, we could of made so much money on just the personal information left in the units, everything needed ~ birth certificates, ss cards, tax information, etc.. They don't take up much space, so why would anyone leave that stuff in a storage unit.. We just shred them and throw them away..

In the first unit we bought was someones cremains (2 yrs. ago), with all his personal information, that unit hadn't been paid for 8 months before we bought it.. One item this time we found that I find sad was, we found a flag they give to the family at military funerals..

I just don't understand it.

We don't get our units like Storage Wars or Auction Hunters.. There is no Auction, they just call us when they need to sell one..
 
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Storage units

I love watching storage wars to see if they made out on their buy! Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't!
 
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I love watching storage wars to see if they made out on their buy! Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't!
Hubby loves those shows..

We've done good to the fact, we've always at least broke even, never took a loss.. It's definitely a gamble.. We're lucky tho', we buy from people that aren't worried about recouping their money, just getting the units emptied, so we get them cheap and no competing with anyone.. There's no Dave here :crackup:

Out of the 6 units we just bought, we'll make our money back and then some from the contents of just one of the units, so the rest will be all profit..
 
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When I watch that show Im shocked at the things people will leave.
Okay if someone died that's one thing but in some cases I don't understand why you wouldn't find some way to get your things back.
 

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AnnK, we paid for a storage unit every month for 5 yrs. when we moved out of state with plans to go back and get our stuff.. We couldn't really afford the monthly payment all the time, but I was not gonna lose my stuff, and last year we went and cleared it out.. We had no personal info in it, all that came with us..

But to leave someones ashes in a unit for 8 months, gross... We took it to the funeral home that handle the funeral..

The people we buy units from are way to easy going, one unit we bought was past due for 12 months and the average is 7 months behind.. So, the renter has plenty of time to try to work with them.. The usual rule is ~ company lock on it and contact the renter, then after 90 days of no pay, the contents get sold..
 
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My sister worked for a storage unit company for a couple of years. They did try working with people to get them up to date on payments or to get them to come clear it out before a lockout. Then after lockouts, it would just go on the list for the quarterly clear-out sale. I don't remember if it was auction style or not. But there would be some nice stuff left over.

I've thought of buying from these things or just offering services as a garage sale clean-up person. Anything left over at the end, we will haul off. Then we could sell things, donate or recycle things ourselves.
 

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Ohhh, I'm excited to hear examples of what you've got in the 6 units!

or at least what's in the one that will pay for them all?

do tell.... do tell!!!
 

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Hmmm, this sounds like something I would be interested in trying. I wonder how one goes about finding out the contents are for sale? Every so often I see in the paper a list of names of people notifying them about their unit, but I never thought about what happens afterwards.
 

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Hmmm, this sounds like something I would be interested in trying. I wonder how one goes about finding out the contents are for sale? Every so often I see in the paper a list of names of people notifying them about their unit, but I never thought about what happens afterwards.
They usually announce the sales in the newspaper as well. But if you call the different storage unit places they could tell you how often they schedule the sales and how they take place, open auction, silent auction, first come first served buying, whichever.
 

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I have no doubt that many people have lost things from unpaid bills that they really did not want to give up. It might have been severe lack of funds, constantly on the move or just no support in their life in general. I suspect many have just had to emotionally let go so as to not go crazy over the loss.

I try and put myself in their shoes and I just hurt for those that had no other options. But by the grace of God go I.
 

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Ohhh, I'm excited to hear examples of what you've got in the 6 units!

or at least what's in the one that will pay for them all?

do tell.... do tell!!!
In the one ~ a working higher end fridge and matching stove, a table saw (just the table runs for $150, without the saw), a standered (sp?) Router, a mini fridge/freezer combo, some sports stuff, etc..

Another unit has 2 large aquariums with the large wood cupboard stands and all the equipment,, swords and knives, etc..

Not sure if I mentioned, we only need to make $300 total to get our money back and just mentioning a couple things, we already made $60 back on some small items hubby showed a couple employees the first night. We're not selling anything yet, we are still clearing out units, but we know we will profit from them..

We do keep stuff also.. Hubby has a large Hot Wheels collection all from units, and I keep anything I think is cool..
 
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I have no doubt that many people have lost things from unpaid bills that they really did not want to give up. It might have been severe lack of funds, constantly on the move or just no support in their life in general. I suspect many have just had to emotionally let go so as to not go crazy over the loss.

I try and put myself in their shoes and I just hurt for those that had no other options. But by the grace of God go I.
The people we buy from are way more than fare.. The units we buy are at least 7 months behind, a couple were 11 and 12 months behind..

Here is one example of they aren't all bad off, there is a unit hubby looked at months ago that was 5 months behind, the man came in and paid half of what he owed with the promise he will be in every month and pay extra to get caught up. He is now another 3 months behind (never came back). This man is will just say, part of the law in this town and they know him and know he has the money.. He is just taking advantage of them..

I maybe am a bad person, but I feel more for the people we buy them from, than these other people.. They just have to call the people that own the units and they will be worked with.. I don't get nosy in their business, I get rid of all personal info respectfully, but I will not contact anyone that were renting these units, that is the top no no... We did it once and we were lied to.. She said "oh I am living out of state now, that's why I lost it, but I want this and that out of the unit, I will be back in town in a couple of weeks". I looked up the number she was calling from and it was a local land line.. We also got a name and found out she never moved out of the city.. If she was honest with us, she would of gotten those things..
 

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Hmmm, this sounds like something I would be interested in trying. I wonder how one goes about finding out the contents are for sale? Every so often I see in the paper a list of names of people notifying them about their unit, but I never thought about what happens afterwards.
As I said, we don't do the auction version, they just call us if they have a unit to sell..

As for the contents, some auctions you get a minute or so just to look not touch.. There are also some storage unit auctions that they don't even open the door, you bid without having any visual clue whats inside..

If your paper doesn't post them, call local storage companies and they might let you know who does their auction or even if they do auctions and you can contact them to find out when they do them..
 

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Just an fyi to anyone thinking about doing this, there is another down side to it ~ we just cleaned out a unit that apparently came from a house that let their animals um have the indoors as their potty :puck:..
 

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Ugh! I never thought of that-only the good side of things. I have been in homes where they have too many pets in the house with too little ventilation, (and cleaning is non-existant). I can take a lot, but have had to leave those homes asap. Makes me feel very ill.
Strange that that bothers me, but I could work in a smelly paper mill.
 

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Ugh! I never thought of that-only the good side of things. I have been in homes where they have too many pets in the house with too little ventilation, (and cleaning is non-existant). I can take a lot, but have had to leave those homes asap. Makes me feel very ill.
Strange that that bothers me, but I could work in a smelly paper mill.
I was literally gagging, very close to getting sick when he pulled the couch out of the unit, took bout 30 minutes to get rid of the feeling.. bad smells are my weakness, mostly strong bad smell, light ones don't affect me much..

One thing some people do is ~ When they're moving, they rent a unit for 1 month so they have somewhere to put the stuff they don't want (good shape or bad shape), then don't pay after that, at least that how it seems here..
 

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Some of those units are rented by people in considerable upheaval in their life and having mental health difficulties, and hence difficulties holding jobs and getting money to pay for the rental. And having a hard time paying rent for a place to unpack all their stuff. This happened to my mom. If it hadn't been for my sisters, her stuff would have been sold off too. My one sister paid her fees and the other sister put all her stuff in her barn in storage there. What a mess though! Mom was so paranoid my sister had 'stolen' her stuff! Dsis was trying to save it!
 

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Well, I think in this case (the stinky unit) their priorities were just messed up.. There was also a lot of drug paraphernalia in the unit ~ bongs, pipes, residue, etc... Which is the second unit we have found this kind of stuff out of these 6 units.

My sister lost a unit once, it had all her kids stuff in it.. Buying her booze was more important to her than the stuff in the unit.. She never read the notice (so no one knew in time), but also never paid after the first month..

We've done this enough to know why some got the units.. One month paid only = units opened and mostly throw away stuff.. two units have been full of left over yard sale stuff, all priced and signs in unit. We only have small thrift stores here and they will only take a limited amount of items at a time.. The dump is also to far for a lot to get to.. Small storage units are pretty cheap here..

I'm not saying that some aren't lost due to hardship, but here we know for a fact a lot were not lost for that reason.

We don't go in to this looking for large profit off someones misfortune, we aim to break even anything above that goes on needed things, plus we do it to help the owners, they need them cleared out a.s.a.p., but don't want to hassle with it themselves, that's why we don't pay a lot for the units. If we don't want the unit, they pay us gas to clear it out.. This time there was 2 units we didn't want (stinky one was one of them), but we just did a bulk price on 6, instead of price per unit.

There is one unit that we might be getting soon and this person is well known and is definitely not in hardship, he has no excuse at all for not paying, but is months behind..

Sorry if us doing this bothers anyone, but if you knew the owners like we do, you'd know they'd work with anyone on the bill if they needed it.. She waits on an average 7 to 10 months after past due before she sells the unit (not the 90 days almost all other companies do), in hopes they can clear up their bill, so they can get their stuff back.. She notifies them periodically and informs them that she will work with them to get it paid off.. We bought one unit that was over 12 month past due..
 
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