One way to be sure that your auction will go down without a hitch is to hire an experienced auctioneer. Most self-storage auctioneers work a series of auctions at different facilities on a set day, typically one Saturday per month. Try to hook up with other self-storage facilities in your area to use the same auctioneer. If you're going it alone, you can look online for auctioneer services that provide auction managers to everything from estate and art sales to lien auctions. Hiring an experienced auctioneer will cost you a little money, but you and the bidder will have peace of mind knowing that it will be conducted professionally and according to proper auction protocol.