Monthly Archives: September 2018

Person putting on a running show ready for a run or half marathon

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.

hand signing a contract such as an estate agent contract

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.