Monthly Archives: August 2016

Abstract colour paint splatter

Dash of Colour lights up Frimley this weekend

This Saturday sees the green Frimley Lodge Park become a colourful rainbow for the afternoon with the Dash of Colour event.  This fun 5k walk, jog or run (or even dance or hop!) raises money for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, based in Farnham, Surrey.  Phyllis Tuckwell is the only Hospice Care service for adult patients, and their families, living with cancer or other serious progressive illnesses across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire.  For over 35 years they have provided supportive and end of life care to local people, serving 550,000 residents.

The event starts at 1pm in Frimley Lodge Park and spectators are welcome – even if they might get messy!  The special non-toxic, biodegradable paint is thrown at approximately each kilometre point along the route.  Participants are also issued with a small sachet of powder paint to throw in the air at the same time at the start to create a rainbow moment as the event begins.

If the Colour Run isn’t for you then there are plenty of other local events on this weekend.  Why not head to the Camberley Car Show?  This event is open from 10am till 4pm and sees the streets in and around Camberley Town Centre decorated with a wide variety of vehicles including many rare examples of Veterans, Vintage, Classics, Hot Rods and Motorcycles.  Alongside the eclectic car selection visitors can enjoy live music and lots of other entertainment.  It promises to be a great day out for the whole family.  The event is free to attend and aims to raise funds for the South West Thames Kidney Fund which supports essential research into kidney disease and diabetes.  Last year the event raised a fantastic £7,000.

If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Farnham, Camberley and their 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.

Contract terms and conditions word with pen

Always check the small print of the sales contract

When it comes to selling your house it can be difficult to know which estate agent to choose.  There are so many options out there, from traditional high street agents to modern online agents.

You may have been recommended someone by a neighbour or friend.  You may have seen that an agent has recently sold a property in your road or area.  Whatever your reason for choosing an agent, we always recommend you get at least three agents around your house or flat to give you their valuation and talk through their sales approach.

We suggest you prepare and ask questions of each of the agents.  It can be easy to be dazzled by high valuations and compliments on your lovely home, but selling your house is an expensive business and you need to make sure you get the best value for money.  That value for money will be made up of a number of factors:

  • The personality of the people you will be dealing with (bear in mind this is not always the one who comes to value your property)
  • Their fees – in terms of either % or £
  • Their contract length – how long will you be tied in for?
  • Their valuation – how much do they (realistically) think they can sell it for?
  • Their reach to potential buyers – both on and off line

Before you sign on any dotted line to instruct an estate agent we always recommend you read and read again their Terms and Conditions.  The contract small print might seem a lot to read and some of it technical or not relevant, but these terms and conditions can be used to input clauses you might not expect -such as a minimum £ fee.  You might think you have agreed to a percentage deal, but occasionally a minimum fee will be inserted into the Terms and Conditions that you were not aware you had agreed to.  Don’t be caught out by signing up to something you didn’t realise was there.

If you are thinking of selling your property and buying your next home then we would be delighted to 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.

Meet the Check 4 Houses team: Nicola

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 Nicola who has been a valuable part of the team since Check 4 Houses started back in 2010.

Name: Nicola

Job role:  Conducting viewings, managing the sales process and general administration

When & why did you join Check 4 Houses:   I joined Paul in 2010 when he started Check 4 Houses.  I liked his vision for the business and completely agreed with his views on the property market.   I had endured similar negative experiences with high street estate agents and wanted to offer a better way.

What did you do before you joined Check 4 Houses:   I worked for over ten years for a Food Catering Supplier, starting my career in sales.

Best thing about working for Check 4 Houses:  Working as a team for a company that really cares about its clients.  We work hard to build up good relationships with sellers and buyers throughout the transaction.  As well as giving excellent customer service, we also save our clients a lot of money, which gives me a lovely sense of achievement.  I feel proud when we receive a testimonial or a “thank you” note through the post.  It shows that we have really made a difference.

Best thing about living in Fleet: My parents moved to Fleet when I was 8 years old, so we could be closer to London for the excellent transport links.  I have lived in Fleet and Church Crookham ever since and am really pleased that my three daughters are growing up with excellent schools and within a good, strong community.

Plans for the future: To continue to help Paul grow Check 4 Houses.  We have come such a long way in the past six years and I am excited to see what the future brings.

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.

Money saving tip: Use an online estate agent

Moving house can be an expensive business, but there are a number of things you can do to reduce the cost.  Conducting your own viewings or not having a For Sale board can both save you money, as well as enabling you to take more control of the house selling process.

Another way of saving money is to use an online estate agent.  Over the past few decades, buying and selling online has taken an increasing share of our spending.  Whole companies such as Woolworths, Comet and HMV have either disappeared or completely reinvented themselves to compete with online retailers who in many cases can offer the same or even better products and services, at cheaper prices.

Here you can read our article explaining four reasons why going online might be a better approach for selling your property.  The article was published in the latest issues of Farnborough and Fleet Connection magazines.

Please click on the image to read the full article.

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