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Question DetailsAsked on 1/18/2018

i am trying to sell a full storage unit with really nice stuff in it, this unit is full with nice stuff.

This unit has some very nice high end furniture & house decor along with tons of clothes. It also has tons of kids games still in great shape with all the pieces. It has pictures paintings shoes, Halloween decor, Valentine's decor, Easter decor & Christmas decor. It really has a little of everything & it's nice stuff. I was hoping to find someone to buy the entire unit, maybe thinking a church or something like that to give it to people in need. All I am trying to do is get the money back that I have already spent over the year on the storage unit.

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I would not put any hope in a non-profit like a churvch buying it - they have trouble getting 4-10¢ on the used value dollar for stuff donated to them, so they cannot afford to be buying stuff for sale or giving away.

If you are only trying to get the maybe $1000 or so for the last year's rental out of it, used good stores like Value Village and used furniture stores and such, and many auctioneers, will gie you a lump-sum bid for the unit, assuming it is open enough to let them to root around and actually see what is in there. There are also (beware of scammers with rubber checks though) people out there who buy storage lockers full of stuff for resale - usually bidding on foreclosed ones but also on ones in your case.

Generally, except for foreclosure sales held by them to clear out lockers behind on payment, locker places do not allow on-site auctions, so for maximum return I would say your best bet is to contract with an auction house (assuming they say it is worth their effort) to remove the materials and sell it at auction - typically around 25-30% commission off the sale price for them to do that, and is genearally the quickest way to get the unit emptied. Auctioneer is the Search the List category to locate them - googling or yellow pages (no Angies list category for this) firms buying lots like this outright, in addition to auctioneers, are commonly listed under Estate Sales.

Of course, you need to weed out anything you want to keep first, because once they start taking the stuff out anything you come across it theirs and you would have to offer to buy it back from them unless a few specific items not included in the sale are spelled out in advance in the contract, like commonly cash or jewelry or family memorabilia like personal/financial papers or photos for instance. Normally the personal papers/photos are not something they object to you grabbing as it is cleaned out (though they are not going to stand around while you go through boxes), stuff worth significant amounts like cash or jewelry you have to negotiate up front on before the contract is signed, because that reduces the value to them of the deal. Hold back much like that, or "family heirlooms", and they may back off or charge a higher commission on what they do auction (or for a lump summ purchase, offer you a lot less).

FYI - a normal sized household of stuff commonly nets $10-20,000, more like $20-40K if a normal amount of heirloom type furniture from an older house or inherited furniture and a goodly amount of desireable stuff like collectables or toys. On up for high-end stuff, special collectibles/artwork, or a mansion worth of stuff.

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