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Energetic and entertaining events coming up in Basingstoke this October

This October sees two very different but equally interesting events taking place in Basingstoke. The Basingstoke Half Marathon starts on Sunday 7th October at 11am and will be closely followed by Hampshire’s 10th Anniversary OktoberFest which runs from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October at Basingstoke Cricket and Sports Club.

Scenic countryside and a community feel

The route for the Basingstoke half marathon starts and begins on Hackwood Road adjacent to the War Memorial Park in Basingstoke’s town centre, but quickly moves out of town and into the surrounding countryside. With all roads along the route closed, this is a traffic free race. It includes some challenging hills near Cliddesden and Farleigh Wallop, as well as some beautiful countryside and scenic villages.

There is still time to enter the race if you are feeling energetic. If not, check out the route and come out to support your local community. There are cash prizes for the winners so expect to see some competitive spirit along the way.

Award-winning family fun

Hampshire’s OktoberFest takes place at Basingstoke Cricket and Sports club and offers a celebration of food, drink and fun. It attracts over 8,000 visitors every year and won the “Arts and Entertainment” category at the “Place to be Proud of” awards this year.

There will be a sumptuous variety of over 220 different beers, craft ales and ciders available. New for this year,  two gin bars will offer some of the finest tipples and tonics. You certainly won’t go hungry with the range of food on offer. Choose from Greek, Pizza, and Thai food along with the expected Bratwurst sausages and burgers.

Over 40 bands will be performing across two stages throughout the weekend, from boozey blues to funky ska. The line-up includes local talent such as B-funkt, an 11 piece funk/soul/rare groove outfit and Green Embers, which has been featured on BBC introducing.

Family Fun Sunday offers a range of exciting activities to keep the kids entertained. In the marquee the whole family can watch The Bonkers Balloon Science Show and The Flying Bazazi Brothers. A bouncy castle will be available on Saturday and Sunday, as well as dodgems, ferris wheel and a roundabout.

You can buy your tickets for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday or all weekend here: http://www.anvilarts.org.uk/whats-on/oktoberfest

From our Check 4 Houses Hampshire head office we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your property.

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What length of estate agent contract should I sign for?

When choosing which estate agent to sell your property there are lots of factors to consider. What experience of the local area do they have? What is their track record of selling properties similar to yours?

People sometimes get persuaded by high valuations and promises of buyers just waiting to walk through your door. But one question you shouldn’t overlook is what length of contract you will be asked to sign for.

Check the small print

Even if you have already decided which agent to go with, always check the small print of the contract. Contact periods can range from 4 weeks to 4 months, depending on the agent. On the one hand, it is only reasonable to give an estate agent enough time to do their job. Drafting sales particulars, conducting viewings and managing negotiations all takes time. Potential purchasers may want to come back for a second or even a third viewing. They may have to wait for their own property to go under offer before they can proceed.

Having said that, as a seller you don’t want to get stuck with an under-performing agent. For most properties, the maximum interest is in the first few weeks. As your property comes onto the market, you’ll usually get an influx of viewers and have the highest chance of success. What will an agent be doing if your property is still on the market 2 months later, especially if they have other properties to sell? You don’t want to be tied to an agent who you feel isn’t giving you their best, when you could be moving on with a new estate agent and a fresh approach.

Don’t sign a contract for more than 8 weeks

We don’t recommend signing a contract for more than 8 weeks. This strikes the balance of giving enough time for an agent to do their job, whilst giving you the control to move on if they don’t deliver. Your agent should be confident that they can achieve what they say and work hard to keep your custom.

Why not check out our FAQs for answers to questions such as this to help get your property sale moving?

From our Check 4 Houses head office in Fleet, we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your property.

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SUMMER SALE: Sell your property for just £499+VAT

August is already coming to a close and the weather has taken a turn for the worse. But at Check 4 Houses we have a fantastic August Special Deal to get you smiling again!

You can sell your house, bungalow, flat or apartment with us for just £499 + VAT. That’s over £100 saving when compared to our usual, already low prices. All you need to do is quote ‘August’ to claim this great deal.

At Check 4 Houses we are proud to offer some of the most competitive sales packages on the internet.

Whichever payment option you choose you are guaranteed:

  • a dedicated personal contact from start to finish
  • unlimited photos
  • full floor plans
  • accompanied viewings
  • your property advertised on all the top property portals, including RightmovePrime LocationZoopla and Homes and Property.

Price match guarantee - we won't be beaten on price versus our competitors

Don’t forget if you choose to upgrade to our Premium Package you also get our 100% money back guarantee if we don’t sell your house within 6 months*

*Sellers must sign an agreement not to use any other estate agent, within those 6 months, in order to receive a full refund.

We are also proud to be rated as one of the best estate agents in Fleet.

Independent comparison website estateagent4me helps you find the best estate agent in your local area. We are delighted that consistently the statistics show we have one of the highest success rates in Fleet. Check 4 Houses regularly take the shortest number of days on average to sell a property and has a track record of achieving 98% of asking prices, because of our realistic approach to pricing.

Our team are passionate about offering local people in Fleet and beyond the best service at a realistic price. In our latest testimonial, Mr Faulkner from Fleet says:

“My sister and I had already spent several fruitless months trying to sell our late father’s flat through a traditional high street estate agent. We got the occasional view, but not so much as a whiff of an offer.

That all changed when we moved our business to Check 4 Houses. Paul and his colleagues made things happen fast. We even ended up with a bidding war for the property.

Not only that, all the legal and administrative work was carried out quickly, efficiently, and accurately.

I have already recommended Check 4 Houses orally to friends, and would commend them to others unhesitatingly.”

From our head office in Fleet we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home and help you save thousands in estate agency fees.

Results from estateagent4me July 2018 with Check 4 Houses as top rated estate agent in Fleet

Check 4 Houses rated as top performing estate agent in Fleet in independent survey EstateAgent4Me

We are delighted the latest independent survey results from HomeOwners Alliance rate Check 4 Houses as the top performing estate agent in Fleet.

The best performing estate agents in your local area

Independent comparison website estateagent4me helps you find the best estate agent in your local area. It compares estate agents against 4 key indicators:

  • Fees they charge
  • Average days they take to sell a property like yours
  • How close they might get to achieving an asking price
  • How successful they are at selling similar homes

The tool was set up in partnership with the HomeOwners Alliance. The complex statistical engine is fed on a daily basis with property data from over 18,000 estate agents across thousands of different websites. It provides accurate comparison data which is free and impartial. It currently covers over 95% of all property advertised for sale in England & Wales.

Check 4 Houses best estate agent in Fleet

The latest statistics show we have the highest success rate in our local area, with a 69% success rate of selling properties. We take the shortest number of days on average to sell a property at 33 days. We have a track record of achieving 98% of asking prices, because of our realistic approach to pricing.

Providing a genuine, reliable and professional service for half the cost of a traditional high street agent

We are passionate about offering local people in Fleet and beyond the best service at a realistic price. In our latest testimonial, Vikki P says:

“This is the second time I have used Check 4 Houses and for a second time I can’t fault them. From the initial valuation through to completion they provided a professional and friendly service. Unfortunately, there were complications in the chain meaning the sale took a long time and we lost our buyer. Paul and Julie were right back on the case and we resold almost immediately.

I’d highly recommend Check4Houses, excellent service at an excellent price.”

From our head office in Fleet we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

Audience at a music festival

Summer of fun coming up across Fleet, Aldershot, Yateley, Farnham and beyond

Though not all schools have broken up yet, the recent warm weather means that summer is already in full swing. There are lots of outdoor events coming up in Fleet, Aldershot, Yateley, Farnham and other local areas to keep you entertained over the next few weeks.

Stars of Stage and Screen at Fleet Carnival

This weekend Fleet was taken over by the Hollywood theme of this year’s Festival. The main procession started on Connaught Road at 2pm. Every penny collected along the route went directly to the chosen 2018 charity – The Zone! The-Zone! is a charity dedicated to families living with autism and similar conditions in Hart, Rushmoor and surrounding areas. Sadly, this year’s dog show at the Carnival had to be cancelled due to the heat. However, the Baby Show and Kids zone were very popular. Crowds were entertained with music from many live bands including Farnborough Tech bands and Fleet Rock Choir.

Summer fun in the Princes Gardens bandstand in Aldershot

A summer of free music kicked off on Saturday with the Sandhurst Community Band performing in the Aldershot bandstand at lunchtime. There will be free music every Saturday over the summer from midday to 2pm right through till 1st September. Why not take along a picnic and enjoy the entertainment? You can view the full line of up bands here: https://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/bandstand

Live Music on 14th July in Elvetham Heath, Sherfield on Loddon and Hartley Wintney

Next Saturday offers a variety of entertainment with events across our local region. Concert on the Green takes place in Elvetham Heath in Fleet from 3-8pm and promises live music, inflatables, food and refreshments. Further west, Sherfest takes place at Sherfield Park in Sherfield on Loddon from 12-8pm. Along with live music, there will be a balloon twister, face painting and more to keep the kids entertained. At Hartley Wintney Football Club you can enjoy live music from 1pm right through to 11pm at family-friendly music festival Rowfest. Bands include The Ganchos, The Whisky G’s and Jo Johnson.

And ..Action: Outdoor cinema in Aldershot, Fleet & Yateley

If cinema is more your thing you can enjoy outdoor screenings at locations in Aldershot, Fleet & Yateley – as well as other locations across the South East. The Greatest Showman at Aldershot Lido is already fully booked for 12 & 13th July but there are still tickets available for other screenings. Enjoy a blast from the past with Back to the Future on Yateley Green on 26th August or Pretty Woman at Aldershot Lido on 31st August.

That’s not all

There’s also Weyfest in Farnham on 17th – 19th August to look forward to. This premium, boutique-style festival offers fine foods, wines, ales, ciders and lagers, cocktails and champagne bars – with plenty of posh clean toilets. The beautiful campsite is set in 10 acres of stunning woodland of the Rural Life Centre museum. Bands include Aswad, 10CC and Cast.

At Check 4 Houses we are passionate about supporting our local area. From our head office in Fleet we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your property.

Chocolate being mixed in a bowl

Find your flavour at Fleet Food Festival this weekend

Fleet Food Festival kicks off this Saturday 23rd June and promises to be a sumptuous event for all the family.

In its fifth anniversary year, the festival has been extended to span the entire weekend of 23th and 24th June. The two-day festival is still free to enter and offers a wide variety of activities.

A feast of a food market

Over 75 stallholders are expected to pack the food market with an array of tempting treats. There will be a strong international flavour with Caribbean and Spanish street foods, Nepalese and Japanese food, Indian, Thai and even Tibetan offerings. There will also be plenty of sweet delights with fine chocolates, handmade marshmallows, award-winning fudge and American inspired brownies all available.

A range of pop up bars will ensure you don’t go dry with traditional West Country ciders, English sparkling wine and even ice cream cocktails on offer.

Cookery Masterclass & Tastes Theatre to inspire you

A busy schedule of demonstrations from expert chefs, cooks and bakers are sure to get your taste buds going. Tickets can be bought on the day for £2 for each session or you can buy a ticket in advance for £10 for all sessions. Look out for Adam Fargin, Head Chef at The Wild Carrot at The Four Seasons on the Saturday afternoon or learn how to cook some Persian delights with Sisi Ryder, chef proprietor of The Phoenix Inn, Hartley Wintney on the Sunday afternoon.

Music while you munch

Sit back and relax as you enjoy live performances from bands and singers including rock, pop, soul, funk and jazz duo Supergreek; folk and rock from The Kindred Spirit Band; local singer-songwriter and future star Lilianne as well as The Elvetham Heath Choir.

There will also be live dance performances from the Fleet Indian Community and Kala the Arts.

Cars and craft

Saturday is the Universal Classic Cars Car Show of classic cars and supercars. If you are a motor-lover then go along and admire over 20 supercars and classic cars parked by The Views. You can even speak to the owners and vote for your favourite car.

Sunday sees a range of artisan craft stalls from The Hart of Craft join the show so it could be the perfect time for a bit of shopping for yourself or friends.

 

Fleet Food Festival is open from 10am-7pm on Saturday 23rd June and 10am – 5pm on Sunday 24th June. It takes place on The Views and the nearest car park is Victoria Road. You can find out more on the Fleet Food Festival website.

At Check 4 Houses we are passionate about our local town of Fleet and its surrounding area. From our head office in Fleet we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your property.

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Have your say on the future of Fleet in the Fleet Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

The Fleet Neighbourhood Plan Pre-Submission Questionnaire is now open for comments until 15 June 2018. It provides local residents of Fleet with the opportunity to have your say on planning policies that will shape future development in the local area.

Neighbourhood plans are important documents which carry legal weight. Once approved, the policies contained are used to decide whether planning applications are approved. They should ensure that a community gets the right types of development, in the right places.

Over many months, a group of volunteers and Fleet Town Councillors have been developing a draft version of a Fleet Neighbourhood Plan with input from local organisations and voluntary groups.

Open for consultation

Fleet Town Council have now opened a consultation on a Pre-Submission version of the Fleet Neighbourhood Plan. It is a chance for all Fleet residents to comment on the draft and the important local issues contained in it.

You can comment on three key areas:

  1. Ensuring the Vibrancy and Vitality of the Town Centre

Fleet’s population is growing, placing increased demand on the town centre to provide cultural and leisure facilities. The Town Centre part of the Plan presents a vision for a vibrant “Civic Quarter”. This will provide the facilities needed for local residents and attract visitors to the area.

  1. Conserving our local area

All areas of the country have been tasked with building more housing in order to cater to growing demand. The Fleet Neighbourhood plan proposes that any new development within the Fleet Town Council area, and in the Conservation Areas, needs to be sympathetic to the local character in scale, style and density.

3. Protecting our green spaces

Fleet’s green spaces are a huge asset to residents. The Fleet Neighbourhood Plan looks at how to protect and enhance green spaces and the woodland nature of the area.

Online questionnaire ready for completion

A questionnaire has been produced for residents to complete. It includes a summary of the policies that are being proposed and asks residents to agree or disagree. You can read the complete version of the Pre-Submission Fleet Neighbourhood Plan on the Council website or view a hard copy. Hard copies are available in the Fleet Town Council Offices, Fleet Library or at The Harlington.

You can complete the questionnaire by clicking HERE.

If you are unable to complete the questionnaire online, you can complete a copy of the questionnaire which was included in the May ‘Town Talk’ Newsletter. You can also pick up a copy from the Public Exhibition at The Harlington (14 May – 15 June) or download a copy by clicking here. Hard copies of the questionnaire should be returned to Fleet Town Council, The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, GU51 4BY.

The consultation closes on 15th June 2018 so you still have a few weeks to have your say.

At Check 4 Houses we are passionate about our local town of Fleet and its surrounding area. From our head office in Fleet we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your property.

Adult alone looking stressed after property sale fallen through

Help! What to do when your property buyer pulls out

Selling your property can be a stressful process. Even when you have accepted an offer, you can’t rest easy. Existing rules mean that prospective buyers can change their minds and pull out at any point until contracts are exchanged. This can leave you financially out of pocket – with solicitor’s fees – particularly on any property you might be looking to buy on the back of your sale, as well as with significant stress and heartache. They don’t even have to give you a reason why.

If you are the one that receives that dreaded phone call, here’s what to do when your buyer pulls out:
  1. Don’t panic

    Selling your property is stressful and emotional. When a buyer pulls out it is frustrating. But it isn’t the end of the world. If they weren’t committed to the purchase then ultimately it is better to find out sooner rather than later.

  2. Ask your estate agent why

    The buyer is under no obligation to give you a reason – but out of courtesy, most will if they can. Finding out their reason can be really helpful. For example, if it turns out to be something to do with a survey or a legal issue you can try and negotiate or at least be prepared for it to come up again with your next buyer. It may even be something you can rectify yourself or with the help of your solicitor.

    If it turns out to be a personal issue – such as a job or relationship change, then you can be safe in the knowledge that it wasn’t your fault. There was nothing you could have done to change the situation and no reason to believe it would happen again.

  3. Talk to your estate agent about what next

    Usually, your estate agent will get your property straight back on the market, reactivating it on Rightmove, Zoopla etc. They will also ring round any other previously interested parties to let them know the property is re-available and to see if they are still interested or in a position to move forwards.

    If you were planning to purchase a property on the back of your sale your estate agent should advise their estate agents about what has happened. They will ask them to be patient and do everything on your behalf to try and ensure you don’t lose the property you wanted.

  4. Be patient

    It’s easy to say – and much harder to do. But rest assured that a professional estate agent will be as keen to sell your property as you are. They will work hard to ensure your sale gets back on track and is ready to proceed again asap.

At Check 4 Houses we have managed all sorts of property sales over the past 8 years.

Simple sales that sail through with offers accepted in less than 24 hours. Complex chains that finally complete after months of negotiations. Whatever happens along the way we support our clients with personal contact from start to finish and a reliable service.

It’s the reason Paul Hemmings started Check 4 Houses back in 2010. He recognised the notorious behaviour of many high street estate agents that sometimes complicated the selling or purchase of a property for customers. He wanted to create a flexible  service for customers that was as stress free as possible; offering a personal approach and a cost-effective pricing structure.

We are proud that this commitment to customer service still holds true today. Our latest happy customer Ms Leightley of Farnborough said just last month:

“From initial contact through to completion of the sale of my property Check 4 Houses gave me an honest professional service. Moving house can be a very stressful time however, Check 4 Houses made it as stress free as they possibly could for me. I would, and have, recommend Check4Houses to anyone wanting to sell their house.”

From our head office in Fleet we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your property.

Exterior of detached property house with garage With For Sale Sign In Garden

Check 4 Houses welcomes Government plans to raise standards in estate agency

Earlier this month the Housing Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to regulate estate agents and implement new measures to assist the property buying and selling process.

At Check 4 Houses we welcome these plans. Our founder, Paul Hemmings, launched Check 4 Houses back in 2010. Paul recognised the notorious behaviour of some high street estate agents that complicated the house selling process. He wanted to create a professional, flexible and reliable service for customers that was as stress-free as possible; with a personal approach and a cost-effective pricing package.

A new professional era for estate agents

Under the new measures, all estate agents will be required to hold a professional qualification. Currently, anyone can set themselves up as an estate agent. This puts the public at risk from unscrupulous individuals. These changes should ensure that you can trust your property sale or purchase to an individual who is trained for the job, just as you would a surveyor or solicitor. Estate agents will also have to be transparent about the fees they receive for referring clients to solicitors, surveyors and mortgage brokers.

Changes to the house buying process

The Government also announced plans to improve the house buying and selling process through shortening delays and reducing stress. Measures include the use of voluntary reservation agreements to help prevent sales falling through and setting timelines for local authority searches so buyers get the information they need within 10 days. The Government is also setting up a working group to look at ways of speeding up the home buying and selling process by moving some of it online. Another working group will look at introducing new measures to compare conveyancers, to help you make an informed choice.

Providing a genuine, reliable and professional service for half the cost of a traditional high street agent

We are passionate about supporting our customers through the sometimes stressful process of selling their property. In our latest testimonial, Mr Lee says:

“I would highly recommend Check 4 Houses. From the first call of enquiry to final completion Paul and the team were very professional. They always kept in contact when required and were very helpful throughout. I would definitely use Paul and the team at Check 4 Houses again.”

From our head office in Fleet we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your property.

A fun day out for the whole family at Yateley May Fayre

Monday 7th May sees the annual Yateley May Fayre take place on Yateley Green. If you haven’t attended the event before, then this year could be your first trip.

Activities right through the day

The main fayre starts at 10.30am, though you can always arrive early to grab a bargain at the Car Boot sale from 8am. During the day there will be a wide variety of stalls available offering:

  • Crafts, plants and baked treats and many other items for sale
  • Tombolas, games and fairground rides for kids
  • Various food and drink stands

The main arena will feature performances from:

  • Dangerous and spectacular act the Vander Space Wheel of Death
  • Fun outside clown act the Clown Bluey Crazy Fire Engine show
  • The Sandhurst & District Corps of Drums
  • Troupes of local dancers

The day ends with the fun open dog show. There will also be a vehicle show with categories including classic cars, steam vehicles and conversions.

The event is free to attend and parking is available on the Firgrove Road side of the green. It isn’t too late if you want to be a stall holder at the event. You can download the forms you need here: http://www.yateleylions.co.uk/mayfayreforms.html

As a local estate agent, we are passionate about offering local people in Yateley and beyond the best service at a realistic price. When we sold a house on Raven Close, we saved the vendors nearly £4,000 when compared to high street agents. The vendors were also delighted with our personal service:

“With all viewings Paul gave us prompt feedback and his professionalism carried on right through to the completion of the sale of our house.”

We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your property.