Rented storage space: whether you are taking a sabbatical year, moving in with your new partner, redecorating your house or simply not finding enough space in the apartment for all your beloved possessions – a rented storage space, so-called self storage space, is a fantastic solution!
Of course, there are rental contracts and agreements for this kind of storage space, for example, you have to pay the fee on time to keep the contract in place – of course!
But what actually happens if a contract expires or is terminated without the tenant coming back to collect the content? Or if the tenant dies and there are no heirs? Whatever the reason someone leaves their storage unit, something has to be done with the content.
Have you heard of the Storage Wars? A phenomenon from the US that may soon occur in the Netherlands too.
Storage Wars – When a storage facility becomes a goldmine
Most have heard of a storage unit, that is, a rented storage unit. But what if the contents of a storage unit are never retrieved upon death or for other reasons?
We show you what really happens to the forgotten treasures in storage units….
Storage Wars – The Wheelers
In the rental agreement, certain terms are agreed and it eventually comes down to the fact that the self-storage must be emptied by force.
To cover its costs, the storage landlord may auction off the contents of the storage unit.
In an almost blind auction – only the door is opened, no touching is allowed.
What is happening now is known in the US as Storage Wars. Most of us probably know this term from the TV programme: Storage Wars – The Business Makers.
This is what is known as Reality TV, which means this business is real! Of course, there is always a little extra drama on TV, but junk trading is big business.
And of course, we can understand the fascination! Who is not curious about what strangers keep in the stockrooms they have left behind?
The idea here is quite simple: the items were valuable enough for the person to store them rather than throw them away.
For example, antique furniture, family heirlooms, jewellery, artwork, tools, clothes and other treasures can be stored behind these doors. Or, if you are unlucky, there is just a pile of rubbish!
How do Storage Wars work?
In Storage Wars, interested parties bid for the contents of these storage units, usually to then sell the auctioned items on the internet or flea market. And it’s worth it.
The auction price for the contents of the self-storage space is often far below the value of the items. The question is: can they be resold or not?
As long as you think you can find a buyer, this is a very good and easy idea to make money from other people’s rubbish.
Participants in the Storage Wars outbid each other and sometimes they open the moving boxes only to find worthless personal items in them.
Because, as we know, emotional attachments to certain objects cannot be paid for with money, but can also be the reason for many people to pick up worthless things.
The contents of storage units are sometimes bizarre. And the chance to find something really special is just too tempting.
These bizarre finds were in abandoned storage rooms in the US: a chest with grandma in it, a fully functional hand grenade, human bones, a James Bond car, unpublished music by Michael Jackson, the first Superman comic book and much more.
Finds like these are why the War for Storage Wars, or Storage Wars, began in the first place.
Storage Wars – The Risk
If you like junk and are looking for a quick deal, you’ve come to the right place. With a bit of luck, you can make a lot of money for a relatively small stake, but run the risk of having bought a lot of rubbish at auction.
How can you reduce this risk?
Because auctions only involve opening doors, you need to look carefully and be aware of what can and cannot make money.
Although it sounds simple, it can even be called expertise.
Generally speaking, good tools, old furniture and paintings, etc., can be sold at auction. can be resold relatively easily and inexpensively.
Even original clothes from certain earlier times, if properly cared for and undamaged, can turn into gold at the flea market.
But recognising the contents as valuable even after a glimpse – that’s the trick!
In the US, storage wars have long been a growing trend that is now not only popular among professional flea dealers, but has also become a popular hobby among private individuals.
Storage Wars – also possible in the Netherlands?
In principle, the Storage Wars format is also possible in Germany. The landlord’s lien also allows operators of self-storage systems to auction off the contents of a storage unit.
Under the Civil Code, if the tenant fails to pay his rent for several months, the landlord can seize the items brought in to cover his costs.
Despite the legal possibilities, storage space auctions are rarely held in the Netherlands.
Individual pawn shops buy contents from abandoned storage units and resell them. However, these sales are often business wholesale offers.
Individual regional storage providers also regularly organise their own US-style auctions, in which private individuals are also allowed to participate. You can often find information in regional newspapers or on the internet about when which seller is holding an auction.
We do not hold auctions, but you can do your own auctions with us.