If you are searching for a way to purchase commercial kitchen equipment at an amazing price, auction service companies are a great choice. Fixtures such as sinks and metal shelving, appliances such as ovens, refrigerators and stand mixers and even decora are all sold off by restaurants who go out of business and liquidate their assets through an auction service company. Commercial kitchen equipment sold at auction is very inexpensive compared to purchasing new kitchen equipment; in addition, the equipment is often only a few years old since many restaurants unfortunately go out of business quickly after opening. Purchasing restaurant equipment from an auction can help you save money if you are opening a new restaurant or replacing broken equipment at your current one.
Pay Attention To Voltage Requirements
Commercial restaurant equipment has specific voltage needs; do not bid on an item if this vital information is missing. For example, some commercial ovens require 220 volt outlets and some require 120 volt outlets. There is no way to tell the difference between them unless you have the specifications of the oven. In addition, some commercial appliances require three-phase electricity and will be destroyed if you attempt to run them on a one-phase outlet. Contact an electrician if you are unsure of the power connections in your kitchen.
Have A Plan Ready For Moving And Storing Items You Win
The moment that you win an auction, you are fully responsible for the item that you won and will have a short period of time in which to move and store the item. Thankfully, most commercial kitchen appliances are on casters and are easy to move by simply wheeling them into a rented truck; just make sure to tie them down securely. However, kitchen fixtures that are attached to the wall, water pipes or electrical wiring will require tools and specialized knowledge to move.
If you don't have the tools or don't feel comfortable with removing the fixture from the restaurant (especially for fixtures attached to wiring in the wall rather than plugged in to an outlet), then you should contact a professional to help you with the process of retrieving your items. You should make arrangements beforehand to ensure that a professional will be available to help you within the time period you are allotted to move your items.
Inspect And Clean Used Kitchen Appliances And Fixtures
Everyone who has worked in a restaurant knows that commercial kitchens get messy incredibly quickly, and you can't trust all restaurant owners to practice good cleaning procedures. When you retrieve your items, they should be fully cleaned before you store them or install them in your restaurant. The reason for this is that you don't want to introduce pests that may be living inside the fixtures into your storage area or restaurant; remember that many of these restaurants who are liquidating their assets have been closed for a period of months and have not been maintaining proper kitchen pest control procedures. You'll also want to inspect all of your items for mold; pay special attention to refrigerators and ice machines, which grow mold easily when nobody is cleaning them frequently.
As long as you are careful to purchase equipment that is compatible with your current kitchen and have a method to remove and transport items that you win, restaurant auction services are an incredibly inexpensive way to purchase commercial kitchen appliances. Whether you're thinking of opening a restaurant or updating your current restaurant's kitchen, auctions from restaurants that are liquidating their assets are an excellent way to obtain commercial kitchen fixtures.
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