Security Self Storage

Lien Sale Information

Auction Information/ Scheduled Sales

When self storage units are abandoned or their rent goes unpaid, public sales are held to remove the items and make room for a new renter. These public sales are open to the general public, and most people in attendance are there for the sole purpose of reselling things for a profit. Public Sales at self storage facilities are different than typical public sales. On a typical public sale day, several storage units will be sold off. Each storage unit is sold off one by one. Bids can start as low as a few dollars and end up at a few hundred dollars, or even higher depending on the contents of the storage unit.


Tips for Registered Bidders:


  1. If you haven’t attended a lot of self storage public sales, you may want to observe a few before attending them as an actual bidder. That way you will be prepared and know exactly what to expect when you are ready to buy.
  2. Contact us the morning of the public sale to make sure it is still scheduled, especially if you have to travel far. Sometimes the renter of the self-storage unit will pay their rent just before the public sale in order to avoid losing their belongings, which results in a cancellation of the public sale. You can also ask how many units are up for public sale when contacting us.
  3. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time when arriving at the public sale. Exact contents may be hidden in boxes and storage bins. You will not be able to open any boxes or ask any questions. You want to examine the overall condition of the unit. If things are well-organized and labeled, bids will generally be higher than a unit that has things in large piles and damaged boxes. Some units are tightly packed, and you won’t even be able to see past a wall of boxes. Sometimes you will only be able to see the outside of the unit and not go inside, or the door may even be shut and the unit’s contents only will be revealed just before the public sale
  4. Know what you are willing to pay before the public sale begins. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the public sale and end up paying more than you originally wanted to.
  5. You may only have a few seconds to see the storage unit’s contents before bidding begins. The public sale time for each unit lasts only a few minutes, sometimes as little as 1-2 minutes.
  6. Typical items that you find at public sales are household appliances, furniture, electronics, toys, clothes, and household goods. Sometimes storage units contain such treasures as money, jewelry, and antiques. You may even end up with someone’s entire business or household belongings, as many people put these things in storage units when they are moving their homes or businesses.
  7. Be sure you know all of the regulations for buying before attending. Some require pre-registration, where you can also view the unit’s contents. Public Sales are cash only and require identification in order to purchase and bid.
  8. We require you to take home your items immediately following the public sale. If you do not come prepared with a truck or van, then someone else may end up taking home your winnings. Special arrangements may be made if you purchase contents of unit and / or larger item(s). Deposit is required if you leave items behind for pick-up.
  9. You will want to bring work gloves and packing supplies, such as boxes, bubble wrap, and tarps. Since you won’t know exactly what you are taking home, it is important to be prepared. Things may already be in boxes, but they may also be loose and scattered all over the storage unit.
  10. Garbage dumpsters will not always be available, and you are expected to leave the storage unit clean and ready to be rented out. Be sure to bring trash bags and brooms to clean things up.
  11. We ask that all of our bidders return personal items such as pictures and documents to Security Self Storage to be returned to their original owners. We appreciate your cooperation.
If you like surprises, self storage unit public sales can be a lot of fun. You never know what you will find beneath the tarps and boxes.


Central Ohio Locations

Registration Information

Registration begins at most of our auctions at 9:30 AM with auctions beginning promptly at 10:00 AM. All persons looking to bid on a unit must be registered with a valid photo id prior to 10:00 AM and have an issued bidder number.


Units in lien status are subject up to payment up until 10:00 AM so number of units sold may be different than advertised. Units will be offered for sale in their entirety. Winner of unit will be announced and will become responsible for the removal of all said contents. In some cases, we will allow units in excess of a 10 x 10 in size 24 hours to remove contents. $100 deposit will be required if contents can not be removed immediately. Deposit will be returned when unit is emptied and clean.


Payment for units must be made in full in the form of cash. No checks or credit cards will be accepted.

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