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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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Mouthwatering delights and family fun at the first ever Rushmoor Community Food Festival

On Saturday 16 September the Rushmoor Food Festival will make its debut in Aldershot.  The event aims to bring local people together and celebrate the best in food, music and entertainment.

The festival takes place between 11am and 4pm at the Municipal Gardens and the West End Centre.  The event has been organised by local community groups and offers a packed programme for all the family.

Fantastic food from around the world

Some of the Army’s top chefs will be working with members of the community to cook food representing their communities.  Expect to see plenty of new dishes to try as well as some old favourites.

‘One of the best live bands we have in this country’ BBC Radio 2

Live music will form a key part of the day, with different styles of music from around the world.  The headline set will be from the Hackney Colliery Band.  This Times described this revolutionary band as ‘reinventing the brass band format for the 21st century’.  They played the 45 minute closing set at the 2012 London Olympics. They have also been featured on BBC Two, BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM (UK).

Family fun activities

A wide variety of events will be available to keep the little ones entertained.  These include face painting and crafts as well as Bollywood dance workshops, henna art and storytelling.  Visitors will also be able to have a go at sports like touch rugby, football and cricket.  These sports and their clubs play an active role in our local community.

Among the diverse groups involved will be the Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Aldershot Baptist Church, the Buddhist Community Centre, the Shiva Cultural Centre, Holy Trinity Church and members of the West Indian, Romanian and Fijian communities.

You do have to buy a ticket to attend the Rushmoor Food Festival BUT that ticket is just £5.  Children under 14 go free with a paying adult.  The ticket price does include everything once you are inside – from the food to the face painting and more. Tickets can be bought from the West End Centre box office on 01252 330040 or online from the West End Centre website.  Tickets are selling fast with just 800 available.

At Check 4 Houses as local property experts that know the towns and cities of AldershotFarnborough, FleetBasingstokeCamberleyYateley and Farnham inside out.  Independent reviews rate us as one of the top estate agents in our area.  If you are thinking about moving, 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.

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Last chance to have your say on the future of Rushmoor

Rushmoor Borough Council, which covers the key towns of Farnborough and Aldershot, have been working on a new development plan called the Rushmoor Local Plan. This document provides the overall development strategy for the area. It guides the location, scale and type of future development for 2014 to 2032. Other local councils such as Hart District Council have been going through similar processes, in order to meet government requirements for new housing.

Time to have your say

The Rushmoor Local Plan has now entered its final stage and local residents are invited to give their views through an online consultation. The consultation is open until Friday 21st July, so you still have a few days to make your comments count.

You can view a copy of the draft plan, along with its supporting documents on the Council website. You can also view the documents at the council offices, Farnborough Library and Aldershot Library during office hours.

A ‘spatial strategy’ for residential development

The plan covers many key aspects of living in Rushmoor including sustainability objectives, the employment environment and more. A major part of the plan is the ‘spatial strategy’. This identifies the potential capacity in the Borough for around 8,700 new dwellings between 2014 and 2032. Of these, approximately 3,850 new homes will be created at Wellesley, Aldershot. At least 4,000 new homes will be built from the rest of the region. Around 1,700 will be situated within Aldershot (outside Wellesley) and 2,300 from within Farnborough.

To submit your comments on the proposal you can use this online link. You can also download and complete a representation form from the website and email or post it to the Council.

At Check 4 Houses we pride ourselves on being local property experts. We know the towns of FleetFarnboroughAldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateley 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. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us for a free, no obligation valuation of your property. We can sell your house, flat, bungalow or apartment from just £599 or 0.5% + VAT.

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Do you know what you are signing? Always check the small print of the sales contract

The first few weeks of January have been super busy for us here at Check 4 Houses.  Paul has been out on lots of property valuations.  Clearly local people in Fleet, Farnborough and Aldershot are keen to maximise the Spring sales window.

We love getting out and about meeting people and supporting them on the journey of selling their property – which can be stressful.  We are often reminded, as we have been this week, that even just choosing which estate agent to use can be a real minefield.

On the one hand, the rise of online agents has brought greater competition into the estate agency market and helped to bring down prices.  On the other hand it seems to have led to increased confusion.  In the old days, perhaps you knew what you were getting.  But now with so many agents available, all with slightly different packages, it can be difficult to know which to choose.

Cutting through the clutter

At Check 4 Houses we do our best to make things simple.  We urge people to always check the small print of the sales contract.  Ask the questions about any nagging doubts and make sure you really understand what you are signing up for.  For example, many people do not realise they have signed in to long exclusivity deals, leaving them stuck with what they might feel is an underperforming agent for months.  In a property market such as ours that could cost you valuable time and money.  Some online agents (especially those advertising heavily on TV) might seem like they offer a great deal, but do you realise that you may have to do viewings yourself?  Some people might be very uncomfortable with this, having to deal with buyers directly.

No sale, no fee?

Another area of confusion is around ‘Buy now, pay later’ options.  For years the estate agency market was based on no sale, no fee.  You only paid an estate agent once your house sale had completed.  So if a sale fell though (which unfortunately it sometimes did), you hadn’t lost anything.  This gave you security that you were only paying the money to the agent when you had it – once the property had sold.  Then came online agents (including ourselves) offering much lower fees if you paid upfront.  “Pay just £499 now and save yourself thousands compared to standard agency fees.”  Of course there was a risk that the property wouldn’t sell and you would lose your money.  But for many people the risk was well worth taking based on the financial gain.  For example, we sold one property in Wokingham last year for £850,000.  The owners had decided to pay upfront and use our standard package.  As a result they saved themselves nearly £15,000 in fees.  A third option has now appeared with some agents suggesting that you can ‘Pay Later’, meaning that you can still take advantage of a low sale price without having to pay it up front.  However what some people don’t realise is that pay later does not mean pay once the property has sold.  If you change your mind and do not sell the property then you still have to pay the fees.  It isn’t the same as a no sale, no fee option, even if it might appear to be.

Knowing which way to turn

So how do you navigate this minefield if you are thinking of selling your property in 2017?  Here are our top questions to ask prospective agents:

  1. What is the fee and what is included?
  2. When do I have to pay the fee?
  3. Do you do accompanied viewings or do I have to?
  4. Does the fee include a For Sale board or not?
  5. Is there any limit on the number of photographs you take, or websites you will advertise my property on?
  6. Am I tied in to using any of your other services, such as an EPC, solicitor or mortgage broker?
  7. What happens if I change my mind?
  8. What is the notice period?
  9. Please can I read the full Terms & Conditions of the sales contract?

Asking these questions of each agent should ensure you have a level playing field to assess the agents on.  You can then choose the right one for you.

At Check 4 Houses we aim to offer the best of both worlds.  Our local team has all the knowledge of a traditional high street agent, but at the cost of an online agent.  We can sell your property from as little as £599+VAT.  This could save you thousands when compared to standard agency fees.  We offer:

  • 24/7 national marketing
  • Unlimited photos
  • Accompanied viewings
  • Personal contact from start to finish
  • A price match guarantee*

Please contact us for a free, no obligation valuation on your home on 01252 819725 or info@check4houses.co.uk.  We would be delighted to help.

*See website for full terms and conditions of our price match guarentee

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New Year’s resolutions: Buying a new home?

2017 is finally here.  Christmas celebrations are behind us and January is in full swing.  Are you feeling enthused and persevering with the first few days of new year’s resolutions?  You might have chosen to give up smoking or drinking alcohol.  Perhaps you resolved to eat more healthily, or make other lifestyle changes such as looking for a new job.  Buying a new home could even be on your agenda.  Are you looking for more space for your growing family? Or to relocate for employment reasons?

Get Ahead, Get Ready, Get Prepared, Get Savvy

If you are looking for a new home in 2017 then we have four top tips to help you ensure it is one new year’s resolution you actually manage to keep.  Our suggestions will help you get your existing property ready for sale and on the market as quickly as possible, in the most cost effective way.

These tips are published in the latest issues of handy local guides Farnborough and Fleet Connection magazines.

Please click on the image to read the full article.  For any more tips or a free, no obligation valuation of your house, flat, apartment or bungalow please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us.   We can sell your property from as little as £599 or 0.5%+VAT, saving you thousands.

Article on buying a new home in 2017

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Get festive at Christmas markets and events across Surrey & Hampshire

With just over six weeks to go, Christmas is just around the corner. There are plenty of local Christmas markets and events to get you in the festive mood.

Christmas at The Meads on Saturday 12th November

Farnborough is one of the first to kick off its Christmas festivities on Saturday 12th November. Local X Factor stars Reggie ‘N’ Bollie will be switching on the Christmas lights as part of an afternoon of free family fun and activities from midday to 4pm. Santa and his elves will also be making a special appearance.

A second Farnborough event sees Father Christmas himself arrive at the Princes Mead shopping centre to switch on the festive lights at 4.30pm on Saturday 26 November. Joining Santa will be the stars of the Princes Hall’s panto, Sleeping Beauty, plus there will be free children’s entertainment all day. There will be a free Santa’s grotto at the shopping centre every weekend from Sunday 27 November to Christmas, from 11am to 3.30pm.

Winchester Christmas market celebrates its 10th anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Winchester Christmas Market. It is now recognised as one of the best in Europe with its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding the real ice rink. For the first time the Ice Rink will have a clear roof offering the benefit of a rain-free skate. The Market will be running from Friday 18th November to Tuesday 20th December. It will be open every day, from 10am-6pm on Sundays-Wednesdays and 10am-7.30pm on Thursdays-Saturdays.

From snowglobes to reindeer rodeo

Fleet Christmas Festival takes place on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 from 3-9pm. This year there will be three stages packed with live music and entertainment. Over 90 Christmas market stalls, free children’s crafts, community stalls, children’s rides, donkeys, a winter Pimms and beer tent and more will entertain adults and children alike. The beautiful Giant snowglobe sold out quickly last year so book now to see which time slots are available. This year you can even try your hand at riding Rudolph the Rodeo Reindeer.

The first ever Aldershot Christmas Festival begins on Saturday 3rd December

The Aldershot Community Christmas Festival will take place in Princes Gardens from Saturday 3rd December till Christmas Eve. Attractions include an open air skating rink (no need to book, prices start from just £3 for a 30-minute skate, including skate hire), spinning teacup rides, mini train rides and wooden huts offering festive food, gifts and refreshments. In addition there will be a free outdoor service of carols and readings on Saturday 17th December in the Bandstand.

These are just some of the activities in our local area.  Check your local websites and listings for more opportunities to get in the Christmas spirit.

If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Hampshire or Surrey and their surrounding areas we can help. We can sell your home from just £499 or 0.5% + VAT, giving you more to spend on your new home. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us for a free valuation.

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Firing up the Fireworks across Hampshire & Surrey

This year 5th November actually falls on a Saturday and there are a wide range of fireworks displays planned across our area.

The events begin in Aldershot with the Rushmoor Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday 29th October.  This event has been held at Manor Park for more than 20 years and has grown to be one of the largest public fireworks events in the region, attracting between 7,000 and 10,000 people each year.  Thanks to sponsors, admission to the event this year is free.  Gates open at 5pm to a large funfair, with food and refreshments available.  The 20-minute firework spectacular takes place at 7.30pm.

Remember, remember the 5th of November

On Saturday 5th November the Fleet Firework Fiesta takes place in Calthorpe Park and promises to be a great evening for all the family.  There will be a grand firework display, entertainers, food stalls, gluwein and a sumptuous BBQ.  Gates open at 5pm with the show set to start around 6:30pm.  This year tickets can be purchased online,  enabling you to dodge the queues and use the fast-track gate in Reading Road North.  Family tickets for 2 adults and 2 children are £15, with individual adult tickets at £6 and children at £3.  Under 5s go free.

The Yateley Fireworks Fiesta takes place on Westfields Junior School Playing Fields.  It features a Guy Competition as well as a Bonfire.  The bonfire will be lit at 6.45pm and fireworks start at 7pm.  Tickets for adults are £4 in advance or £5 on the gate, with under 16s £1.50 in advance and under 4s free.

5th November also sees the Farnham Fireworks which begin with a Torch lit Procession from Farnham central car park.  The procession begins at 6.15pm and leads to Farnham Park where the bonfire and fireworks take place.  Tickets can be purchased online a week before the event, as well as on the day around Farnham.  Family tickets are £16, with individual adults at £6 and 5-15 year olds at £4.

Even remember the 6th of November

Sunday 6th November sees Farnborough’s turn with Farnborough Football Club’s Fireworks at the Rushmoor Community Stadium at 7pm.  There is a funfair available from 3.30pm to keep the kids entertained.  Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for under 16s, under 4s free, and can be purchased online.

The Mytchett Fireworks Bonanza also takes place on Sunday 6th November.  Held at the Community Centre, gates open at 5pm for the funfair and entertainment, with fireworks at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 for adults, £2 for under 16s and under 5s are free.

We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather this year so that we can all get out to enjoy some fireworks.  We do recommend you double check the details of any event you are planning to attend, in case of any last minute changes.

If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Hampshire or Surrey and their surrounding areas then we can help you find your ideal property.  Why not check out our properties for sale, as well as comments from happy customers who have sold their property through us.  We can sell your home from just £499 or 0.5% + VAT. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us for a free, valuation of your home.

 

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Farnborough International Airshow takes off this weekend

The Public International Farnborough Airshow takes place on 16 and 17th July and promises to be another great event – attracting visitors from far and wide.

There is a huge amount to look forward to with activities ranging from Meet the Pilots, Simulators, Vintage displays, a live stage show as well as the world-famous Farnborough Airshow flying display.

The family area will feature face painting and arts and crafts as well as thrilling fairground rides and a challenging climbing wall.

The UK drone show is a brand new attraction for this year.  Featuring the latest aerial and terrestrial drones, the dedicated area will allow visitors to experience the exciting world of FPV racing (First Person Viewing) and watch flying demonstrations that will teach, inform and entertain.

A wide variety of aircraft are expected to be part of the flying display on both days of the show.  From new strike fighters like the F-35 to passenger giants like the A380, even Apache helicopters, gyrocopters and the world famous Red Arrows, the skies will be packed with entertainment as well as the ground.

To find out more about the show visit their website.  Each day the show is open from 0930 to 1730 with flying displays from 1230 through to 1730.  Free shuttle buses are available from Farnborough Main, Aldershot and North Camp train stations to the show site.  Parking is free and also serviced with free shuttle buses into the show.

Farnborough is home to thousands of residents across its town centre and the surrounding areas of North Camp, Cove, Southwood, Hawley and the prestigious Farnborough Park.  If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Farnborough 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.

Money saving tip: Forego the For Sale board

Moving house can be an expensive business. There are estate agents’ fees to pay, solicitors costs as well as removal vans.  That’s all before you even start on the costs of buying a new home – with stamp duty being the biggest cost.  Adding all those up can significantly impact on the size of your budget to buy your dream home.

But there are ways you can save money during the house selling process and foregoing the For Sale board is one of them.  Here you can read our article where we evaluate the possible savings and benefits of this approach.  The article was published in the latest issues of Farnborough and Fleet Connection magazines.

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Money saving tip: Conduct your own property viewings

Moving house can be an expensive business. There are agents’ fees to pay, solicitors costs as well as removal vans.  That’s all before you even start on the costs of buying a new home – with stamp duty being the biggest cost.  Adding all those up can significantly impact on the size of your budget to buy your dream home.

But there are ways you can save money during the house selling process and conducting your own house viewings is one of them.  Here you can read our article where we evaluate the possible savings of this approach.  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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