Monthly Archives: February 2015

House from plan to completion

Home and Property Exhibitions in March & April

There are a number of Home and Property exhibitions and shows coming up over the next few months which may be of interest if you are thinking about a project for your existing or your next home.

Ecobuild takes place from 3rd– 5th March in Excel in London and is the sustainable design, construction and energy event for new build, refurb, commercial and domestic buildings. The exhibition features a wide range of suppliers offering thousands of new and innovative products and services and the comprehensive conference and seminar programme is designed to inspire and educate.  The seven seminar streams alone cover the key topics of Green Energy, Design, Building Performance, BIM, Water, Refurbishment and Solar.

The National Homebuilding and Renovating show is based in the NEC in Birmingham and runs from 26th-29th March.  It claims to be UK’s biggest self-build and renovation event with over 500 exhibitors and unbeatable expert advice to help you achieve your dream home.  The seminar programme covers a huge variety of homebuilding topics including automation for the home, loft conversions, rainwater harvesting and how to finance your project.

The Ideal Home show has been running for over 100 years and this year returns to its original home of London Olympia from 20th March right up until Easter on 6th April.  From kitchens and bathrooms to bedrooms and basements, from fixtures and fittings to fine food, gardens and the latest gadgets, plus fashion, beauty and gifts, you’ll find it all under one roof at this award-winning show.  Whether you are planning a substantial home project or just wanting to add some finishing touches, the Ideal Home Show has everything you need.

Finally the Property Investor and Homebuyer Show takes place on 17th & 18th April and claims to be a must attend event for anyone serious about making money from property investment.  Catering for all levels of property experience – from the novice to the seasoned investor, the show is an ideal place for obtaining reliable and up to date property market information and investment property to buy, both in the UK and overseas.

If you are looking for your next big project closer then why not have a look at our Properties page.  We can help you find the perfect opportunity – and sell your existing home from as little as £499 or 0.5% + VAT.

House sitting on calculator with word mortgage on

Is now the right time to remortgage?

The past six months have seen some major changes to international money markets and even our own wallets.  Petrol prices at the pumps have dropped significantly and a renewed round of supermarket price cuts is leading to more disposable income for many.  Yet the Greek election and European negotiations over their debt repayment plans, complete with renewed nervousness over a possible Greek exit from the Euro have led to increased uncertainty.

All this has impacted interest rates, with rates now predicted to remain lower longer than expected.  In his latest Inflation Report, Bank Governor Mark Carney suggested rates will not rise until Spring 2016.

This means that mortgage rates have also been falling – particularly across five and ten year fixed rate terms.  Rates are at record lows and homeowners can fix for two years at just over one per cent and up to ten years at less than three per cent.  If you are not locked in to a long term deal, now may be the best time to remortgage and secure a low rate for years to come.

Estate agent for sale boards

Do Rightmove and Zoopla really matter when it comes to selling your home?

You may have seen or heard a lot of talk in the press at the moment about a new property portal which launched in January 2015 called on ‘On the Market’.

OnTheMarket.com claims to be the new and simple way to search for property, using state of the art technology to adapt to your mobile, tablet or any size of screen, with an uncluttered approach that features no advertisements, unnecessary information or spam mail.

Whilst this might all sound appealing, it is important to note that the site does not cover all estate agents and the rules are that if you advertise on OnTheMarket.com you cannot advertise on both Zoopla & Rightmove as well – you have to choose one.

At Check 4 Houses we completely agree with leading property expert Phil Spencer who in this You Tube video talks about the importance of advertising on Zoopla, Prime Location and Rightmove to ensure you get maximum coverage for your property, giving it exposure to the most amount of buyers and thereby giving it the best opportunity to sell for the highest price.

At Check 4 Houses we market every one of our properties across all three of these leading property portals to give full market exposure for your property.

If you have any questions about OnTheMarket.com, Rightmove, Zoopla or any aspect of selling your home then please give us a call on 01252 819725.  We would be delighted to come and give you a free valuation of your home and talk you through our sales approach.  We offer personal contact from start to finish with accompanied viewings, unlimited photographs and a price match guarantee and can sell your home from as little as £499 or 0.5% + VAT.

 

Housing development

Housing Development in Hart – Winchfield in the spotlight

We all know that local councils are under pressure in all parts of the UK to build more homes, with government targets set for the amount of new homes that must be built over the coming decades.  As our population grows, we live longer and in more single person households, the requirement to make new properties available continues.

Development can of course be a good thing – bringing with it new investment in areas that have lacked it, new schools, sports facilities and green spaces.  But development is also often a contentious issue, with many people wishing to protect our countryside and our existing facilities, which can become stretched by over development.

In our local area of Hart, debates over development continue following the Council’s decision at the end of 2014 to test Winchfield as a suitable site for development of over 2,000 new homes.  The results from the testing are expected next month and in March the ‘New Settlement’ option will come up for another vote by Councillors.  Reports have suggested that the new development will include funding for much needed major infrastructure such as a new secondary school, however there is also concern that funding will not be enough to cover the investment needed in local road and rail services, as well as the impact on local healthcare facilities and the countryside.

If you feel strongly for or against the proposed plans you are encouraged to write to your local councillor, contact your local Parish Council to input into their neighbourhood plan or vote in campaigns such as ‘We Heart Hart’ at http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/we-hart

At Check 4 Houses we specialise in the sale of residential property in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and we know the towns and cities of Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot, Basingstoke, Camberley, Yateley and Farnham inside out.  We can sell your home from as little as £499 or 0.5% + VAT so contact us today for a free valuation on 01252 819725.

Star award

Vote now for your favourite local businesses in Fleet

Hot on the heels of the recent Fleet-People awards where we were delighted to come second in the ‘Best Estate Agent category’, it seems the people of Fleet are busy again with the Welcome to Fleet awards entries now open!

There’s just a few weeks left to select your favourites in 29 categories including Best Public House or Restaurant as well as best Fitness Centres, childcare providers, taxis and household services.  There are also two overall major awards – best local retailer and best local business where you get the chance to pick one retailer and business that you feel practices excellent business, and offers high standards of quality, service and value for money. To find out more about the awards or to enter visit:

Welcome to Fleet Awards

If you are one of our happy Check 4 Houses customers we would be delighted if you could spare a moment to vote for us in the Best Estate Agent category.  If you haven’t yet become a happy Check 4 Houses customer then why not find out why you should?  You can read here what some of our happy customers have had to say about selling their home through Check 4  Houses.

You can also find our more about Fleet and search the properties we currently have available in Fleet and surrounding areas.