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Join in the fun at Fleet Carnival this weekend

The ever popular Fleet Carnival takes place this weekend from 1st-3rd July 2016.  The theme for this year’s Grand Procession on Saturday 2nd July is ‘Rio’ in preparation for the Olympics there this summer.  Floats will be taking inspiration from the Olympics as a whole, one of the 42 different sports that are part of the Olympics, or the Rio Carnival itself.

Carnival opens at 5pm on Friday 1st July on Calthorpe Park playing fields with the fun fair, live music and Bingo Night in the marquee.  Three live bands will be performing including ‘The Cherries’ and ‘Off the Record’.

On Saturday the carnival fun begins again at 10am, with the main procession starting at 1pm.  Live music, the Kidszone, food stalls and the fun fair all run throughout the afternoon with plenty to entertain everyone.  There are already over forty floats confirmed for the procession – with everything from fireman to librarians and vets to hairdressers, as well as many local schools.

Sunday 3rd July is show day and with the car show, dog show and even baby show there is something for just about everyone.  The dog show features nine different categories for everything from Puppies to Golden Oldies and Loveable Lads to those with the Waggiest Tails.  The annual Makers Market will have over 40 local stalls including quilters, jewellers and painters as well as edible delights such as jams and fudge.

Whilst Fleet Carnival is of course about bringing local people together and having fun, it also raises lots of money for local charities.  Proceeds from this year’s event will be going to Chloe’s & Sophie’s Special Ears Fund (CSSEF).  CSSEF is inspired and motivated by Chloe and Sophie Jackson.  Chloe and Sophie are sisters and both live in Aldershot, Hampshire.  They are both deaf.  The charity is passionate about raising deaf awareness in the local community, including providing deaf awareness sessions, story sacks and resource kits for schools.

If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet and its’ surrounding areas then we can help you find your ideal property.  Why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses.  We can sell your home from just £499 or 0.5% + VAT.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we can give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

Paul Hemmings, Check 4 Houses

Meet the Check 4 Houses team: Paul Hemmings

Selling your property can be a very stressful time but it doesn’t always need to be.  At Check 4 Houses we go out of our way to offer you the best advice, guiding and updating you through each stage of your property sale.  We offer dedicated, personalised contact from start to finish wherever you are in England, from our head office in Fleet, Hampshire.

Here’s a little more about Paul who founded Check 4 Houses in 2010, aiming to deliver a genuine, reliable and professional service for half the cost of a traditional high street agent.

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Job role: Founder and Director.  Dealing with valuations, meeting clients, conducting viewings and managing sales through the process.

When & why did you join Check 4 Houses: I started Check 4 Houses back in 2010 after becoming increasingly frustrated by the behaviour of many high street estate agents.  I felt that sometimes they unnecessarily complicated the selling or purchase of a property for customers.  I wanted to create a flexible and reliable service for customers that was as stress free as possible.  With the advance of the internet, there was a real opportunity to create a new way of buying and selling houses, without the high costs of high street rents and newspaper based advertising.   A genuine alternative to the traditional high street agent – at a significantly reduced cost, savings customers thousands of pounds.

What did you do before you joined Check 4 Houses: I started my career in sales, working for a major brewery company, which helped me gain an extensive knowledge of the South East region.  I also started buying and selling a few properties both in the UK and Europe, which opened my eyes to the world of estate agents and the sometimes fraught process of buying and selling houses.

Best thing about working for Check 4 Houses: Saving our customers thousands! It is gratifying to know what a difference we have made to our customers being able to afford the property they want.  Sometimes we are lucky and sales fly through (we actually managed to take on a house and sell it within less than 24 hours) but in a way the most gratifying sales are the ones that take longer to complete.  We had one sale that took over a year to go through due to various issues in the chain, but when we finally got there it was such an achievement for the customer who was at last able to move on to the property they wanted.

Best thing about living in Fleet:  I have lived in Fleet since I was 4 years old and have seen it evolve and grow over the last 35+ years.  Not only does Fleet offer great transport links, great schools and a safe place to live there is also a unique community and spirit, with fun community events such as the annual carnival.

Plans for the future: To continue to grow the business.  We are lucky that much of our business comes from referrals and for people coming back to us.  In the six years since I started the business online estate agency has really become so much more mainstream and clients are much more aware of the benefits.  Outside of work, I enjoy travelling, football and boating which is a great way to get a break from the office (as much as you can these days!).

If you are thinking of selling your property and buying your next home then we can help.  With all the knowledge of a local high street agent, but at the cost of an online agent we can sell your property from as little as £499 or 0.5%+VAT, saving you thousands.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we can give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.