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How do I bid?


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Bidding online

You can bid by logging in to the Search Moves site, which is usually quickest and easiest.

Once logged in, you can search available homes. If there are any properties which meet your needs, read the advert thoroughly and make note of the advert closing date. Check out the location map and local amenities, if you are able to you can even visit the area to see what it ‘feels’ like before bidding. This is an important choice as a lot of landlord time is wasted by applicants bidding on properties and then deciding the area is unsuitable for them. Applicants who refuse offers without good reason, or who do not attend viewings, may have their application suspended or demoted.

Automatic bidding

If your Search Moves Partner agrees, you can register for auto-bidding. This means you supply your Partner organisation with your requirements and they apply these to your application so that bids are placed automatically on exactly matching properties by the computer system. This is usually available to applicants who are unable to bid on-line and do not have anyone to help them.

Staff assistance

You can telephone, or make an appointment to visit the office of the Partner organisation and they can bid on your behalf if necessary.

Bidding by text:

1. To begin making your bids: Open a new text message

2. Enter in your Reference number via the keys: ABC12345

3. Then followed immediately by a hash mark: ABC12345#

4. You should now enter the advert reference number of your 1st bid followed immediately by a hash mark: ABC12345#456#

If you have finished bidding then send. If not keep following the instructions below.

5. You should now enter the advert number of your 2nd bid followed immediately by a hash mark: ABC12345#456#491#

If you have finished bidding then send. If not keep following the instructions below.

6. You should now enter the advert reference number of your 3rd bid followed immediately by a hash mark: ABC12345#456#491#444#

7. Check your Reference number and bids are correct before sending

8. When you have entered all of your bids send your text message to: “Send”

9. The number to send your bids to is: 07781 472726

  • Please check with your mobile phone company what they charge for SMS texts.
  • You can enter your bids in both upper and lower case.
  • Check your reference number and bids are correct before sending.
  • Please note that you will not receive a text message to confirm the bids you have made.