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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.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us at Check 4 Houses

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

2016 has been another record year for us at Check 4 Houses thanks to our fantastic clients. Over the past 12 months we have saved them an astounding £286,000 when compared to standard agency fees. That’s an average of about £4,500 per sale and an increase of 22% verses last year. What would you do with the extra £4,500? It’s a long way towards a new kitchen or new bathroom.

24 hours from start to sale

Our record quickest sale this year was a house in Wokingham which had an offer accepted in less than 24 hours from when we started advertising it. Not only was it a super quick sale, the client sold their property for £850,000 using our standard £499+VAT package. This means we saved them nearly £15,000 in fees they could have paid to a traditional high street agent.

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

We have enjoyed working with a variety of clients this year – some of which had not bought or sold a property for 30 years, and others which have used us twice in the last 12 months to help them manage their buy-to-let portfolio. Whatever our sellers’ circumstances, we pride ourselves on our customer service and our personal contact from start to finish. As Ms Christie from Farnborough said: “Paul was always available if I needed to get through to him and was on the ball pushing things through when it looked like things would be delayed. He was very committed in getting the completion through on time unlike larger estate agents who don’t bother. Would definitely recommend.”

Despite the challenges of Brexit and the stamp duty rise on second homes the property market continued to show growth, particularly around our local areas of Fleet, Farnborough and Basingstoke. Supply continues to outstrip to demand, allowing us to achieve higher asking prices and deliver even greater savings to our customers.

Best performing estate agent in Fleet is … Check 4 Houses

We were delighted to be the ‘best performing estate agent in Fleet’ across all three criteria on comparison website estateagent4me. The site looks at each estate agent’s success rate of selling the properties they advertise, the speed of sale and the achievement of asking price. This particular criteria was very relevant this year as we saw overvaluing in the local property market. We strongly believe in an honest, practical pricing approach as to what we genuinely believe we can sell your property for. You can never under value your property – but you can price yourself out of the market.

After such a busy year we will be taking a few days off over Christmas. Our offices will be closing on Christmas Eve and reopening on Tuesday 3rd January.

If you are looking to sell your home in 2017 then please contact us on 01252 819725. We would be delighted to give you a free valuation of your home 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.

Glasses of champagne to celebrate

Celebrating a successful 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, here at Check 4 Houses we wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to all the customers that have made 2014 another record breaking year.

During the past 12 months we have sold over 70 properties – both from our local areas of Fleet, Farnborough and Basingstoke to as far afield as York, Portsmouth and West London. We pride ourselves on our combination of the experience and knowledge of a traditional estate agent with the flexibility and advantages of the modern internet and specialise in the sale of residential property in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and across the rest of England.

In total we have saved our clients nearly £250,000 in agency commission fees by selling homes from as little as £499 or 0.5%+ VAT, delivering an average saving of well over £3,000 for each client.  Our record saving for the year was over £12,000 for a house we sold with an asking price of £720,000 for just £499 + VAT.  That certainly gave our client a few extra pounds to spend on their new home!

The property market continued to show growth, particularly around the areas of Fleet, Farnborough and Basingstoke with prices rising as supply continues to outstrip to demand.  We sold one house without even advertising it due to the interested buyers already registered with us.  However the longest sale took 10 months due to delays and problems in the chain – showing just how important it is to select the right estate agent that can help support you through what can be a difficult and stressful process.

We welcomed the lovely Lorna to our team as we expanded to cater with increased demand.  We received some lovely testimonials from some happy customers including “Check 4 Houses sold my house within 3 days and they were at the end of phone from day 1 till exchange.  If you are going to use a high street agent think again.  Check 4 Houses are the only people I will use and recommend to my family and friends.” and “Check 4 Houses were friendly, accommodating & professional.  They got the job done extremely quickly and we have exchanged in less than 3 months with limited fuss!  A complete contrast to the 6 months of being messed about by our last estate agent who didn’t manage the process with any personal touch and let the whole chain unravel upsetting a lot of people with false information.  Check 4 Houses have reinstalled my trust in the process and have made moving ‘this time’ a much more pleasurable experience!  I cannot recommend them enough!”

We are looking forward to helping more people make the right move with Check 4 Houses in 2015 and would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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

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Christmas markets to start your festive season in style

With just over 5 weeks to go until Christmas, going to a local Christmas market can be a great way of making a start on your Christmas shopping as well as getting in the festive spirit – and having some fun!

In our area there are a number of wonderful Christmas markets you can attend, complete with shopping, eating and even ice skating to keep you entertained.

  1. Winchester Christmas market attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year and is recognised as one of the best in Europe.  Pretty German inspired wooden chalets are situated in Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close surrounding a large open-air real ice rink.  Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance.  Open daily from 20 November to 21 December
  2. Reading Christmas Market takes place from 27 November to 7 December and promises to be a super cool Christmas market in its newly refurbished Town Hall square.  With over 40 high quality stalls and a bustling atmosphere you can stock up your Christmas larder or make up a gift hamper with a wide range of foods with cheeses, pickles and meats and fabulous sauces and preserves.  There will be wines to sample and tempting liqueurs and local cider and beers to try and buy.
  3. Guildford Winter Market & Fair takes place in Guildford Cathedral on Saturday 22 November 2014 from 11.00am to 4.00pm and promises to deliver a wonderful early Christmas shopping experience with over 60 exhibitors selling bespoke Christmas gifts and decorations, chocolates, wines, jewellery and much more.
  4. Farnham Christmas Market – A Christmas themed street market on Castle Street on Sunday 14th December with an array of stalls selling a variety of Christmas goods, food and drink.

There are also lots of local Christmas Fayres and shopping evenings at schools, nurseries and local villages and towns so you are sure to find something suitable to start off your Noel.

At Check 4 Houses we specialise in the sale of residential property in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and beyond.  Local experts, we know the towns and cities of Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot, Basingstoke, Camberley, Yateley and Farnham inside out, yet we also recognise that 90% of property searches in the UK take place online. Our internet based approach enables you to save thousands in agency fees – giving you more to spend on your new home.