DEDUCING WHAT IS IN A UNIT Just a few pointers for people new to the storage locker world as I have seen some crazy high bids on units and comments of people saying what they think is in the unit when chances are it likely isn't. When things are out in plain view it is easy to tell what is there and what you are looking at. But in the less then ideal world of storage lockers you seldom get a chance to see the entire contents of a locker in plain view. It would just be too easy if there was an inventory list posted on the door with individual pictures of every item, but then where would the fun and the challenge be. I tend to group lockers into certain categories so I will touch on a few of those categories over the next few weeks to give you a sample of what I am talking about.
First off is household units, which to me is a unit with mostly furniture, dishes, appliances, clothes and typical household goods. When you see a locker filled to the brim with contents that are just tossed in randomly, garbage bags full of clothes, liquor boxes full of books or labelled with someone's name, worn and dated furniture, old appliances and broken kids toys.....well, chances are you are not going to find any high end designer clothes, antiques, collectibles, or Kitchen Aide appliances. And chances are if they are there, there are broken or damaged as they didn't care enough to take the time to put the contents in the locker neatly, so they obviously didn't place much value in them to start with. You are most likely going to find well worn clothes, toys that may be worth donating, some usable kitchen appliances, a few small electronics, some costume jewellery, a few movies and games along with a few other smalls that you can put some value on. The furniture and appliances for the most part will not have much if any value due to its condition. But you also see a large box in the corner labelled "fragile" china...are you willing to toss a few extra bucks at that unit banking that box has a $500 set of china in it....I am hoping not...chances are it isn't much more then a few mismatched pieces and likely about the same condition as the rest of the locker contents.
Now take the household unit beside it...everything in plastic totes, furniture stacked neatly against one wall, appliances lined up on the other, kids bikes leaning neatly against each other and shelving holding several small boxes. This locker will yield a lot more goodies, but the price will reflect it as well. These people took pride in their possessions and took the time and effort to store them with pride as well as the extra cost of storage totes. Chances are if you see containers in this locker that say china, crystal, antiques, movies, games, etc. that is what will actually be in the containers and be of much better quality and value then the previous locker.
Now some people are going to comment and say, I am wrong and that they have found some "amazing" things in lockers like the first one. I will admit, not every locker can be read like a book, but it does give you pretty good indication as to what you will find according to what you can see and how it is stored. And once you have been around for a while you also realize some people say they found great finds just to save face to the other bidders. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it just seems to be part of the game.