Storage Hunting Against the Odds and Against the Elements

So you’ve finally beaten the odds and you’re attending storage auctions in hopes of going full time. Congratulations, and welcome aboard! If you’re still in the spring or summer of your storage hunting career, you probably haven’t had much time to think about the impending autumn and winter–literally. But with the leaves already beginning to change, and the cold winter months just around the corner, you need to have a plan for when things start getting a bit icy. 

Keep an Eye on the Weather

Snow isn’t the only thing you have to worry about when traveling to storage auctions: rain can be just as dangerous as its frozen counterpart, especially in autumn when fallen leaves make the roadways super slippery. When planning around a huge storm, you have to make a decision: is this auction really worth it? Sure, a light sprinkling of rain is nothing to bat an eyelash at–in fact, it might work to your advantage by dissuading the looky-loos. But a potential blizzard with hail and ice? You should probably sit this one out, relax in your PJs, make a cup of hot chocolate, and spend the day on eBay. Ahh, sounds like a great day to me.

If you do decide to brave the harsh weather, there are two things you need to do to prepare: the first thing is to call the facility to make sure the auction hasn’t been cancelled due to inclement weather, or any other reason, for that matter. The second thing you should do is leave early! You should always drive cautiously in severe weather conditions. Also take into consideration that there may be delays on the road due to car accidents or otherwise treacherous driving conditions.

Dress Appropriately

Always, always be prepared. The forecast said no rain? That’s funny, because now it’s pouring and you’re the only one at the facility with out an umbrella. The regulars will probably scoff and look at you like you have “newbie” written on your forehead in bright red ink. Always keep an emergency weather kit in the back of your car. A lightweight rain poncho would be a fantastic (and relatively cheap) investment; they can easily be folded to fit in your pocket, purse, or toolbox.

For even colder weather, equip yourself with a big old puffy jacket, a hat, a scarf, and some thick gloves. It’s best to come over prepared instead of under-prepared; you can always take layers off, but you can’t put more on if you don’t have them. You’re going to be standing relatively still for a great deal of the time bidding is occurring, so you’ll need a way to keep warm…and the auctioneer probably won’t take too kindly to you doing jumping jacks in the bidding crowd to get the blood pumping.

Drive Safely…and Logically

Let’s be logical: if you don’t have a truck or a moving van, and you’re in the middle of a torrential downpour, just stay home. Imagine making five trips in the pouring rain, in order to transport the loads and loads of junk from the facility to your home….using your Toyota Prius. Sounds like an awful idea, doesn’t it?

Moving vans or trucks are ultimately your best bet, and you’re even better off if you can get one with four-wheel drive. Many people hear the term “four wheel drive” and immediately equate it to “I can drive 50 mph in 3 feet of snow”. Please don’t assume that. Especially if you have a trunk filled with storage auction spoils, you need to take it easy. Slow and steady wins the race, as they say!

The colder months don’t necessarily mean you need to give up auctions. Play it safe and bundle up, and you’ll be able to make some great purchases when other auction hunters simply decided to sleep in under the warm blankets. If you can survive the winter months, you’ll be looking ahead to a beautiful and prosperous new season. 


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