Estate agent 4 me results table with Check 4 Houses as top estate agent in Fleet

Just 16 days to sell a property on average: Check 4 Houses named top performing estate agent in Fleet again

We are delighted that February’s independent survey results from HomeOwners Alliance put Check 4 Houses at the top of the list again. For another month running, we have been rated 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 are delivering a 77% success rate of selling homes.  We take an average of just 16 days to sell properties. That’s less than half the time of our nearest competitors.  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, 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 home.

Spring daffodils on a windowsill with a tea pot

6 ways to get your property ready to sell this spring

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Spring has always been a busy time for the property market. With Christmas behind us, you might be keen to move before the summer.  Springtime marks the beginning of new life – and the beginning of new property moves too.

If you are thinking of selling your property this spring, there are things you can do to help improve its saleability. Buying a house is an emotional process, as well as a practical one. Buyers talk about ‘that feeling’ as they walk in the door. Here are 6 top tips to help your prospective buyers get ‘that feeling’ and ensure your house, flat or bungalow is under offer whilst the daffodils are still in bloom.

1. De-clutter your house

When you live in your house day-to-day, it can be easy to accumulate stuff. But prospective buyers want to see space. Your personal knick-knacks and photographs are important to you, but your prospective buyers need to see themselves living in your home. Think about what you can pack away ready for your move, or do without.

2. Clean

Redecorating your property before prospective buyers see it can be expensive. But it is amazing the difference a bit of elbow grease can make. A good deep clean on walls, skirting boards, surfaces, bathrooms etc can leave your home feeling fresher and even bigger. It can make it look and smell more inviting.

3. Tidy the garden

This time of year the garden can look drab. But a simple tidy up to ensure things are put away or stored neatly can enable prospective buyers to see the space you have available. Cut the grass if you can, or fix any fence panels that might have been damaged over the winter. If your budget allows, popping a few colourful bedding plants in pots or beds just before viewings start can make a big difference.

4. Fix the DIY

Tap dripping? Lightbulb need changing? Radiator need bleeding? You might not want to start spending lots of money on fixing any problems in your home just before you sell it. However, fixing minor issues that you can resolve can be worthwhile. Changing a lightbulb can transform a room that seems dark into a light filled space. Fixing a blind or curtain demonstrates a home which is well looked after – which inspires confidence in prospective buyers.

5. Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers might seem an expensive luxury but this time of year you can buy daffodils for just £1. Their cheerful yellow colour immediately brightens up any space and helps people feel happy and relaxed in your property. If daffodils aren’t your favourite then tulips, or any other flowers will have the same effect.

6. Light and fresh air

Whenever you can (when we’re not going through a spell of freezing weather!) open the windows and draw back the curtains to let light and fresh air in. During winter, it is natural to want to hibernate and keep the heat in. But buyers viewing your home in Spring will be looking forward to summer. Fresh air can encourage them to think of spending those warm summer months in your home.

At Check 4 Houses, we know that selling your property can be a stressful and emotional challenge, whatever time of year. We are here to help, offering personal contact from start to finish, from local property experts that know the towns and cities of FleetFarnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateley and Farnham inside out.  Our internet based approach means we can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees.  Please give us a call for a no obligation valuation of your home on 01252 819725 or email info@check4houses.co.uk.

 

Estate agent 4 me results table for estate agents in Fleet Hampshire

HomeOwners Alliance survey names Check 4 Houses as best estate agent in Fleet

January’s independent survey results from HomeOwners Alliance put Check 4 Houses at the top of the list again, rating us 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

We are delighted that Check 4 Houses is ranked as the best performing estate agent in Fleet.  The statistics show we are delivering a 75% success rate of selling homes.  We take an average of 18 days to sell properties – less than half the time of our competitors.  We have a track record of achieving 99% of asking prices. This reflects 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 people in Fleet, Hampshire and beyond the best service at a realistic price. In our latest testimonial, Mr Bothe from Fleet says:

“I was very happy using Check 4 Houses. Paul was pretty straight-talking and didn’t try to set a high selling price to get the business. I went for the set fee of £718 (inc VAT).  The team were all very motivated to sell my property.

I accepted an offer within 3 weeks of going on the market and I know they were doing lots of work in the background to ensure the sale went through.

I would use 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 home.

Yateley bids for neighbourhood status in Hart District Council public consultation

Yateley is a thriving town in North East Hampshire with a pretty village green. Complete with neighbouring areas Frogmore and Darby Green, it is home to over 20,000 local residents.

Yateley Town Council is currently seeking permission from Hart District Council for the whole area to be designated as a ‘neighbourhood area’. This will enable them to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Yateley.

Neighbourhood plans help shape future development

Neighbourhood Plans are a hot topic at the moment. They are an important part of the development of our local area, particularly when it comes to planning. Hart District Council ran a consultation last year on their ‘Hart Local Plan: Strategy and Sites 2016 – 2032’ which looks at policies and sites for development for the next few years. Their latest version goes out to public consultation next month.

Developing a Neighbourhood Plan allows local communities to play a greater role in determining the future of their area. If approved and adopted they become a statutory document. They must be taken into account when planning applications are submitted either by individuals or developers. Areas such as Hartley Wintney have already developed their own neighbourhood plan and Yateley are looking to do the same.

Have your say

The consultation on Yateley’s application is open until 4pm on Monday 12 February. You can view the proposed area online, and submit comments by email to neighbourhoodplanning@hart.gov.uk or by post to Neighbourhood Planning, Corporate Policy, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 4AE.

As local estate agents, we are proud to have helped customers in Yateley sell their properties over the past few years. One happy couple, Mr & Mrs Candlish said:

“Highly recommend these guys, after a very stressful time trying to sell our place with a popular local high street estate agent. We decided to ask Check Houses to sell our place. They were friendly, accommodating & professional.

They got the job done extremely quickly and we have exchanged in less than 3 months with limited fuss!

Check 4 Houses have reinstalled my trust in the process. They have made moving ‘this time’ a much more pleasurable experience! I cannot recommend them enough!”

At Check 4 Houses we are passionate about supporting people through the stressful and emotional challenge of selling their property.  We offer personal contact from start to finish, from local property experts that know the towns and cities of FleetFarnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateley and Farnham inside out.  Our internet based approach means we can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees.  Please give us a call for a no obligation valuation of your home on 01252 819725 or email info@check4houses.co.uk.

House being built or having building work including loft extension - homebuild and renovate in progress

Should you renovate or relocate in 2018?

The start of a new year is always a time for new year’s resolutions and new beginnings. After a busy Christmas, you may be thinking that one of those new year’s resolutions should be about your home. Have you outgrown it? Is there simply not enough space for all those new toys? Or will you need more space for a new baby in 2018? The question is: do you need to renovate or relocate?

If you are in need of more space, then there are two key options: to renovate or relocate. It’s a common question that people face – you only need to watch the Kirstie & Phil series of ‘Love it or List it’ to see that.

Here are our top tips for answering this tricky question and investing your money wisely:

  1. Write down your reasons for thinking about moving or renovating – and ask anyone else in the household to do the same. Then compare. Is it simply more space you need? Or actually a new area as well? Do you still love the property you are in or not? Think about neighbours, access to work, schools etc. Is your current property able to be remodelled or not? You may need to get some expert help with this.
  2. Consult a local builder or architect to get some advice about what may, or may not be possible to do with your existing home. On the one hand, you might not realise what could be achieved. On the other, your ideas might be virtually impossible or prohibitively expensive. Also check out the Planning Portal online which has lots of useful information about what may or may not need planning permission, and can direct you to your local council for more information.
  3. Consider all the costs of moving. To renovate or extend can seem expensive and doesn’t always add significant value to your home. However, when you take into account the cost of stamp duty, solicitors, surveys, removals etc, moving can be an expensive option too. Make sure you have a realistic picture of the cost of both options.
  4. Get your current property valued, and have a look at what’s available on the market. Many of us love to look at Zoopla and Rightmove to see what we could get for our money. But until you have actually had your own property valued, it can be a pointless exercise. You need to have a fair idea of what your current home would sell for, to see if you could afford the extra space or new property that you desire. Most estate agents are happy to provide free valuations. Just make sure you get a valuation from at least three agents. This will give you a more realistic picture and enable you to make a better decision.

Here to help

At Check 4 Houses we are passionate about supporting people through the sometimes stressful and emotional challenge of relocating to a new property. We offer personal contact from start to finish, from local property experts that know the towns and cities of FleetFarnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateley and Farnham inside out. Our internet-based approach means we can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call for a no obligation valuation of your home on 01252 819725 or email info@check4houses.co.uk.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year written on red background with snowflakes and stars

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

With Christmas Day fast approaching we wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2017 has been another busy year for us at Check 4 Houses thanks to our fantastic clients. Over the past 12 months, we have saved our clients an astounding £248,000 when compared to standard agency fees. That’s an average of over £4,000 per sale. What would you do with the extra £4,000? It’s a long way towards a new kitchen or a new boiler.

Savings of over £10,000

Our single biggest saving for a client was £10,526 (excl VAT). We sold properties of all shapes and size during the year, with the most expensive sale at £735,000.

Many of the properties we sold were in our local area of Fleet, Frimley, Wokingham, Hook, Farnborough, Camberley and Aldershot, but we have also sold properties as far away as Southampton and London Docklands. Thanks to our internet-based approach we can sell properties anywhere in England from our head office in Fleet, Hampshire.

Going the extra mile for our clients

At Check 4 Houses we pride ourselves on our customer service, which means putting our clients first. This year, this has included even conducting viewings on Skype. Working for a client in Hong Kong, we walked around on Skype showing her the house, as she wasn’t able to view in person.

One sale we worked on was particularly challenging due to the number of cars on the road. Viewers consistently fedback that parking was an issue. After investigating the matter with the vendors and neighbours it turned out the two houses next door were trying to get permission to convert their front lawns into driveways, but one of the main service providers was not giving permission for a ‘box’ to be moved. Due to a personal contact, we were able to contact the service provider and get this authorised, so the work could be done. Once this was completed, the issue was resolved and a sale proceeded very quickly.

Ethical estate agency in Fleet

Whatever our sellers’ circumstances, we pride ourselves on our honest, professional approach and our personal contact from start to finish. As Mr Price from Fleet said “We discovered Check4Houses after viewing a property before selling our own. We hugely valued Paul’s experience of the area and honesty (a rarity I can tell you compared to some of the other independent high street agents in Fleet).  We marketed our property through Check4Houses and as well as Paul securing the best possible price, he was on hand throughout the frustrating completion process, dealing with other agents in the chain as well as solicitors. I will use Paul again and have no hesitation in recommending him. Keep up the good ethical work!”

After such a demanding year we will be taking a few days off over Christmas. The offices will be closing on Saturday 23rd December and reopening on Tuesday 2nd January. We are expecting the first six months of the year to be busy, as they are always a popular time to buy and sell houses.

If you are looking to sell your home in 2018 then please give us a call on 01252 819725. We would be delighted to give you a free valuation of your property as well as talk you through our competitive pricing options, personal service and price match guarantee.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Check 4 Houses.

Table of results of estate agent 4 me in Fleet with Check 4 Houses at top

Independent survey continues to name Check 4 Houses as the best estate agent in Fleet

November’s independent survey results put Check 4 Houses at the top of the list again, rating us 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

We are delighted that Check 4 Houses has been ranked again as the best performing estate agent in Fleet.  The statistics show we are delivering a 71% success rate of selling homes.  We take an average of 33 days to sell properties.  We have a track record of achieving 97% of asking prices.

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

Statistics are important, but it is always nice to hear from our customers that we are doing a good job too. Our latest Google review from Mr Price says “We discovered Check4Houses after viewing a property before selling our own. We hugely valued Paul’s experience of the area and honesty (a rarity I can tell you compared to some of the other independent high street agents in Fleet).  We marketed our property through Check4Houses and as well as Paul securing the best possible price, he was on hand throughout the frustrating completion process, dealing with other agents in the chain as well as solicitors.
… I will use Paul again,  and have no hesitation in recommending him here…. Keep up the good ethical work!”

From our head office in Fleet 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.

Christmas market biscuits and tree decorations

Getting into the festive spirit: Christmas events across Hart and Rushmoor

Christmas is just 6 weeks away and there is a packed programme of festive Christmas events to enjoy across Hart and Rushmoor.

Christmas in Aldershot

The Christmas events in Aldershot kick off this Saturday 18 November, starting with the Christmas lights switch-on. An afternoon of entertainment begins at midday, including children’s fun fair rides, live music and much more. The Princes Hall panto stars will join Father Christmas to light up the town at 4.45pm. The following Saturday sees the turn of The Wellington, with their Christmas Lights switch-on and Santa’s grotto opening. Children can visit Santa for free on Saturdays and Sundays in December, as well as Friday 22 December. Check out the website for times and further details.

Christmas fairs and celebrations

Various Christmas fayres will be running in the Wellington Centre and on Union Street on 1, 2, and 9 December. 9 December is the Aldershot Community Christmas Celebration, with lots of entertainment in the town centre during the day. Activities include Children’s rides, free face painting and the Rotary Christmas float with Santa. School choirs and local groups will be performing live on stage.

The following two Saturdays also feature special events. Light up Aldershot Day takes place on Saturday 16 December. Saturday 23 December is Aldershot Day of Merry Music, complete with Carols in the Bandstand.

Christmas in Farnborough

Farnborough also has a packed schedule of Christmas events, starting with their Christmas lights switch-on this Saturday 18 November. There will be an afternoon of free family fun and activities from midday on a stage outside Debenhams. The regular craft fair on Queensmead will also be running. The following weekend sees the Princes Mead shopping centre Christmas Lights switch-on, with another afternoon of family fun with Father Christmas and the Princes Hall panto stars. The Princes Mead Father Christmas grotto is open from 11 am to 3.30 pm every weekend from Sunday 26 November up until 23 December.

Fleet Christmas Festival & Nutcracker Trail

The Fleet Christmas Festival takes place on Wednesday 29 November from 3 pm – 9 pm.  Over 100 stalls will be available offering a fabulous variety of gifts and crafts, as well as a scrumptious selection of food and drink. Kids will be entertained with the free children’s craft marquee and fun fair attractions. You can enjoy live music from local choirs as well as the return of the amazing Giant Snow Globe and the Christmas lights switch on.

The new Nutcracker Trail kicks off on Saturday 2 December and aims to bring a buzz to Fleet this Christmas. Ten Nutcrackers will be located around Fleet and you can use the Nutcracker trail brochure to complete the trail, submit your entry in the special Nutcracker post boxes in the Hart Shopping Centre and The Harlington and be entered into the prize draw to win an iPad Mini. On the launch day itself, there will be live music, street entertainment, and lots more fun. Parking will be free to coincide with Small Business Saturday and help support local retailers.

Yateley Christmas market

The Yateley Christmas market takes place on Saturday 25 November 2017 at Church End Green in front of the Dog & Partridge. It will run from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm. During the afternoon/evening, there will be carol singing, stalls and fairground rides, pork roast and much more. The Town Mayor will switch on the Christmas lights. Free parking will be available at Yateley School.

Time to wrap up and get festive!

At Check 4 Houses we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We deliver a genuine, reliable and professional house selling service for up to half the cost of a traditional high street agent. 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.

Fleet Pond in Fleet, Hampshire

Have your say on the future of Hart

Hart District Council has opened its latest consultation on its draft Corporate Plan. The plan sets out the Council’s vision and priorities for the next five years and they are asking all local residents for feedback.

4 key priorities

The draft Hart Corporate Plan sets out 4 key priorities, which are to achieve:

  1. A thriving local economy
  2. A clean green and safe environment
  3. Healthy communities and people
  4. Becoming a more efficient and effective Council

The strive for efficiency comes as no surprise as councils, like many other organisations and companies, are under pressure to do more with less. The draft plan sets out the key actions that will be taken to achieve these four priorities. They include some significant investments such as creating a new secondary school for the district. The plan also touches on accommodating additional housing development for affordable homes, to assist the 1,320 (August 2017) people who are currently on the housing register.

You can find out more about the draft Corporate Plan on the Council’s website www.hart.gov.uk/corporate-plan-consultation-2017. This includes information on the plan itself as well as how to have your say using their online form. The consultation is open until 4pm on 31 October 2017 so you have 7 days left to add your thoughts.

Hart is a thriving community that we are very proud to be part of.  If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet and its’ surrounding areas then we can help.  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 £599 or 0.5% + VAT.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us for a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

Paul Hemmings, Check 4 Houses

What’s it like to run a business in Hampshire?

This week sees the Virgin Media Business Voom Tour take place in Winchester on Thursday 19th October. Ahead of the event, Virgin spoke to three local Hampshire businesses including our very own Paul Hemmings. They discussed their views on running a business in Hampshire.

Paul says: “Hampshire is a great place to live and work in. Our landscape offers a real mix of major cities and towns as well as rolling English countryside. We also have many excellent schools in the area and top quality sporting opportunities.”

A supportive local community

Paul says he has found the Hampshire business community very supportive since starting Check 4 Houses seven years ago.  “I started Check 4 Houses in 2010 after becoming increasingly frustrated by the behaviour of other estate agents. I wanted to create a flexible and reliable service for customers that was as stress-free as possible. Since starting the business I have found the local community very positive. They value honesty, transparency and are open to change. There are more and more people running their own businesses and keen to support each other.”

Modern day innovation with traditional values

In terms of culture, Paul says that Hampshire embraces innovation, but still retains traditional values. “Particularly in an industry such as estate agency, word of mouth recommendations are still our most effective marketing tool. People still value personal relationships with real people, despite the rise of social media.”

You can read the full article, along with what the other business owners said about running a business in Hampshire here: https://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/whats-it-run-business-hampshire

At Check 4 Houses we deliver a genuine, reliable and professional house selling service for up to half the cost of a traditional high street agent.  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.