Selling Guide

A guide to selling with Mapesbury

Step 1 - Valuation

When you are selling your property, it helps to get an understanding of what your property is worth in today’s market. At Mapesbury we take a wide range of factors into consideration to give you an accurate valuation. Our valuations are free of charge and easily arranged by going to our website, by giving us a call on 0208 451 8999 or coming into our office at 84 Walm Lane, Willesden Green, NW2 4QY.

Step 2 - Choosing Mapesbury Estate Agent

When you contact us we will arrange to visit your property to do a professional valuation. The visit could take up to an hour during which our agent will take the relevant details and discuss your marketing requirements. When you have instructed one of our agents we will collate the details for the property and send you our terms and conditions to check through in order for us to commence marketing.

Step 3 - Presenting your property

At Mapesbury, we take pride in making sure your property is marketed to the highest standard. Photography is a key part of our aim to create a strong presentable first impression. To show your property at its best you will need to ensure that all entrances, passageways and rooms are clean and tidy. Make sure any outstanding DIY jobs are completed and tidy the front and back gardens.

Step 4 - Marketing your property

Once your photography is finished, your property advert will be launched onto the different property portals. We advertise on all the main property websites: Rightmove, Zoopla, Prime Location and On the Market. We offer extra features like ‘Premium Listing’ and ‘Featured Listing’ via Zoopla and Rightmove. To maximise exposure your property will be featured on other platforms such us the local newspaper, social media and adverts in our office windows. We will also offer you a ‘For Sale’ sign for the property.

Step 5 - Accompanied viewings

Interested parties contact us via our website at or by phone on 0208 451 8999 or at our office at 84 Walm Lane, Willesden Green, NW2 4QY if they wish to arrange a viewing. All our viewings are conducted by an experienced negotiator who will accompany the client around the property. You will be informed when there is a viewing request via email or telephone and we will update you if the client makes an offer.

Step 6 - Achieving an offer

Once viewings have taken place with prospective buyers, one of our staff will get in contact with you when offers are submitted. Mapesbury will be pushing to achieve the best possible price and any prospective buyer that is forthcoming with an offer will be asked to give their best price offer. We will use our due diligence to access the persons overall financial position, whether they are a cash buyer or have a mortgage in place. We will also check how much deposit they will pay and what their planned move-in date is.

Step 7 - Instructing a solicitor

If you are a first time seller, you can find a local conveyancer or look online. Otherwise, if you are an experienced seller you can use your current solicitor. You will need to instruct a solicitor in order for them to carry out the local searches on the property from the local authority. They will also be able to tell you all of the important information and legal implications, such as whether it is a leasehold property or whether there are any issues in the title deeds. Mapesbury can recommend a solicitor for you. Contact us on or 0208 451 8999

Step 8 - Offer agreed

When there is an offer you are happy to accept, you can inform one of our staff. We will write to your solicitors with the ‘memorandum of sale’. When the offer is agreed, the buyer will need to have a survey/valuation carried out. This is to establish the value and structural integrity of the building so a date will need to be arranged for this. A surveyor will be appointed by the buyer or their lender via the mortgage broker.

Step 9 - Exchange of contracts

When the solicitor confirms all stages are completed you should be ready to sign the official contract. Upon signing, both parties are entered into a legally binding contract. The buyer will pay a 10% deposit and the completion date will be set for two weeks later. If you are in a chain, a simultaneous exchange with your next purchase needs to be carried out, possibly using the deposit from your sale.

Step 10 - Completion day

On completion day, once all payments are in the solicitor’s accounts the property is officially sold. Your solicitors will contact you to confirm completion has taken place after the funds have been transferred to your solicitor’s accounts. Completion can usually only take place between 9am and 3pm on a weekday and our agent fees should be paid by your solicitor from the proceeds of the sale.

Mapesbury Estate Agents are always here to help. Please get in touch with our team on or 0208 451 8999 if you require any further assistance.