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A guide to… viewings

Did you know you can book viewings online via the SDL Auctions website?

It’s highly unlikely that you would purchase a car without taking it for a test drive. Nor would you bid on a property in one of our auctions without viewing it first. Someone’s idea of minor refurbishment works could be someone else’s idea of a full scheme of improvement!

As a buyer you need to do your due diligence and be in possession of all the facts prior to raising your hand in the auction room so we’ve made that process even easier.

Viewings for room auctions

Firstly, find the property you’re interested in on our website. You can view all the lots for our auctions by clicking on the ‘auctions’ button at the top of all the pages. On the property page you’ll see a ‘lot information’ box on the right hand side. This contains links to things like the auction catalogue, lot legal pack, remote bidding form and the viewing details.

Click on the ‘book viewing’ link in the ‘lot information’ section, or using the larger button under the phone number, and you will be given a number of date and time options when we have pre-arranged group viewings on that property.

Simply select the date and time you wish to attend, fill in your contact details and press submit. By giving us your contact details we can advise you if there are any changes to the times or if our viewer is running late.

For our Birmingham auctions, we operate a full viewing schedule and so if you click on the ‘book viewing’ button you can find the date and time you’re interested in and simply turn up on the day to view.

If we are still liaising with the vendors to book in viewing times, a ‘request viewing’ button will appear and by clicking on this you can register your details with us and we will contact you when the viewing dates have been confirmed.

Online auctions

If it’s a property in one of our online auctions which you’re interested in viewing then you can ring our team of dedicated auction experts 0345 319 2162 who will book a viewing at a time to suit you and your diary.

No viewings

There are always exceptions to the rule and in a small number of cases we can’t always book viewings. Sometimes if there are tenants in place or if the property is structurally unsafe we cannot offer viewings prior to the property being offered for sale.

And in the cases of any building plots or development land, these can be viewed directly on site at your convenience.

On your viewing

Our viewers will only remain at each property for 15 minutes so please arrive promptly. You don’t need to bring anything with you to view the property, however you’re welcome to take your own photographs of the property and measurements should you require them.

On your viewing you may identify potential problems such as the structure of the property, damp issues or even suspect Japanese knotweed. If this is the case, we would recommend you attending a second viewing with a surveyor to inspect the property. You can view the property as many times as you wish.

What next?

If you’ve viewed the property and you’re interested in bidding then don’t forget to download and read the legal pack to complete your due diligence. Then you simply need to attend on auction day with your ID, register for a bidding paddle and bid when your lot is offered.

Please remember to stick to your budget when bidding. But more importantly, enjoy the auction day experience – and good luck!