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Step By Step Guide to Selling

Arrange A Valuation

Once you decide to sell your home your first step should be to arrange a valuation on your home.  Here at Geoffrey Matthew we will go through comparable evidence of homes sold around your area.  We will then discuss the best possible price in the shortest possible time.

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Sort out your Finances

Before going onto the market it is a good idea to speak to your lender or mortgage broker to go through your payment options and check you have no early repayment charges for switching your mortgage to another lender or to a new property.

Our in-house mortgage brokers have access to the entire market, as well as exclusive deals and rates to help find you the best mortgage available.

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Instruct a Solicitor

A successful sale relies on an efficient and experienced solicitor.

We recommend local solicitors in the Harlow and Stevenage areas.

Please contact us for further information on who we recommend.

Property Presentation

First impressions count.  The presentation of your property is always an essential part to a successful sale.

Tidying up and getting rid of excess clutter, addressing any DIY jobs you have been meaning to get done all help to present your  property in the best light.


Instruct a Energy Performance Certificate

It is a legal requirement to have a energy performance certificate (EPC) within 7 days of marketing your property.  If your property does not have a current up to date EPC you will need to arrange for this to be done.

Working closely with a local Energy Assessor we are able to instruct this for you at a cost of £130.00 (including VAT).  This also includes a 3-d floor plan of your home.

Once done it will be valid for 10 years.

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Finding A Buyer

To find a suitable buyer your property requires maximum exposure across a wide range of media.

When you instruct Geoffrey Matthew you will benefit from our comprehensive marketing package, including exposure on our website, email & SMS alerts, promoting your property on Rightmove, Zoopla and On the market and having the confidence that we are your local estate agent.

Accompanied Viewings

We are all busy nowadays.  Accompanied viewings mean we can use our expertise to help sell your property and save you waiting in for potential buyers.

Receive a Offer

As soon as a buyer makes an offer we will contact you to communicate the full details.  We will qualify the buyers and check there are no special conditions, to help you decide whether or not to accept.

Accepting an Offer

Once you accept an offer we will do the following:

  • Prepare a memorandum of sale.
  • Confirm the agreed price with all parties
  • Ask you to confirm your solicitors.

Your solicitor will sent out a draft contract to the buyers solicitor who will then carry out preliminary enquiries.  At this stage, the buyer will arrange their finances and book a survey on your property.  The solicitor will also start to propose dates for the exchange of contracts and proposed date for completion.

At Geoffrey Matthew, our in-house sales progressor will be on hand to guide you through to process.


Completion is when the residual monies (usually 90%) are transferred from the buyers solicitor to your solicitors account.

Your solicitor will call you when the money has cleared in your account will inform us to release the keys.

Congratulations, your property is now sold!