Frequently Asked Questions

Answer
Will there be a closing?
SCDOT does not require a closing. After purchaser’s payment is received, SCDOT sends the executed quitclaim deed to be recorded at the county courthouse. After recording, the original, recorded deed is forwarded to the purchaser. If the purchaser chooses to employ an attorney for a closing, SCDOT will provide a quitclaim deed. SCDOT does not sign closing documents other than the HUD statement. All costs associated with the transaction are the responsibility of the purchaser.
Does SCDOT pay to move the houses?
No, SCDOT does not pay the expenses to move houses.  It is the responsibility of the purchaser to contact house movers.  For your own protection, we do recommend that you get an estimate from the housing mover in writing for moving services.
Does the Property Management section sell vehicles?
No, this section does not sell vehicles.  You may contact the South Carolina Budget & Control Board Surplus Property office at (803)896-6880 or http://www.ogs.state.sc.us/surplus/SP-index.phtm for surplus equipment and vehicles.
Why doesn’t SCDOT accept personal checks?
We require certified checks for payment in order to insure that funds are available.
How long does it take to process my request for an uneconomic parcel?
Please allow approximately 3 months to fully process your request and receive all approvals to sell the parcel.
Can I get a copy of the appraisal?
No, the appraisal is only for the use of SCDOT and is not available to the public.
Will SCDOT provide a plat?
SCDOT does not usually have a survey done of the property. The property is purchased according to the department’s highway plans and therefore is deeded out according to the highway plans.
Can I come to the bid sale?
Yes, you are welcome to come to the bid sale.  Your attendance is not required. Location, date, and time is provided in the bid package.
What is a sealed bid sale?
Bidders submit bids in a sealed envelope for a parcel before 11:00 AM on the designated date of the bid sale. The bids remain sealed until the opening of the bids, which is immediately after 11:00 AM and are opened before a minimum of three staff members of the Property Management section. Bids are not awarded until there has been a close review of the submittals, ensuring that all contracts are properly executed and the correct amounts are enclosed. The Property Management section makes a recommendation to the Director of Rights of Way to accept the highest bid or reject all of the bids if they are all deemed to be unacceptable. We must have the concurrence of the Director of Rights of Way before the bidders are notified of the results of the bid sale.
Can I find out how much the bids were and who submitted them?
You will be able to know the amount of the bids and the bidders’ names if you attend the bid sale. The amounts of the bids may be released after the transaction has been completed, however, the names of the bidders will not be released.  The quitclaim deed for property that is sold by bid sale will be recorded in the county Register of Deeds office and will be available to the public at the Register of Deeds office.
How do you determine the value? 
The value of a parcel is determined by either an appraisal, sales of comparable parcels in the area, and/or tax assessment values.
Do you have a mailing list and if so, how do I get added to it?
We do have a mailing list. Please contact our office at 1-800-214-4495 to be added to the list. You may also choose to be notified when new listings are posted on our website.

Related Documents:
Request for Services Form

Instructions for Completing
the Contract of Sale


List of House Movers

Physical Address:
SCDOT
Attn: Property Management
955 Park St., Room 422
Columbia, SC 29201

Mailing Address:
SCDOT
Attn: Property Management
Post Office Box 191
Columbia, SC 29202-0191

Contact:
1-800-214-4495

 

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