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Bronze medal best estate agent Hampshire, Berkshire and IOW

Bronze medal! Best estate agent in Berkshire, Hampshire & the IOW

We are delighted to have received a bronze award for single office estate agent sales across the whole of Berkshire, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight in the Best Estate Agent Guide.

These awards put us in the top 5% of estate agents in the country. They are based on real data about how long we take to sell properties, prices achieved etc. We were also mystery shopped, to experience first-hand the service we deliver.

At Check 4 Houses we have always been passionate about providing a professional and reliable service during what can be a stressful process. We are delighted to have been recognised in these awards which reward the hard work we put in.

Personal service from start to finish

Of course, the most important feedback is from the actual people that we help move. As Ms Parker from Mytchett says:

“I placed my property on the market end of June and less than three months later have exchanged due largely to the efforts of Paul and his team.

At the outset, Paul was extremely realistic in his valuation, explaining how time-wasting it was to overvalue, only to then have to reduce further down the line.

Throughout the process either Paul or Julie were always instantly available and upon reaching the final stages when we were having considerable communication problems with the buyer’s solicitor, Paul come in to his own, continually chasing and not letting go until all was resolved.

Paul is a straight-talking agent and for commission of 0.5%, no sale, no fee, Check 4 Houses was well worth the money. I would therefore have no hesitation in I recommending the very efficient Check 4 Houses.”

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.

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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.

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SUMMER SALE: Sell your property for just £499+VAT

August is already coming to a close and the weather has taken a turn for the worse. But at Check 4 Houses we have a fantastic August Special Deal to get you smiling again!

You can sell your house, bungalow, flat or apartment with us for just £499 + VAT. That’s over £100 saving when compared to our usual, already low prices. All you need to do is quote ‘August’ to claim this great deal.

At Check 4 Houses we are proud to offer some of the most competitive sales packages on the internet.

Whichever payment option you choose you are guaranteed:

  • a dedicated personal contact from start to finish
  • unlimited photos
  • full floor plans
  • accompanied viewings
  • your property advertised on all the top property portals, including RightmovePrime LocationZoopla and Homes and Property.

Price match guarantee - we won't be beaten on price versus our competitors

Don’t forget if you choose to upgrade to our Premium Package you also get our 100% money back guarantee if we don’t sell your house within 6 months*

*Sellers must sign an agreement not to use any other estate agent, within those 6 months, in order to receive a full refund.

We are also proud to be rated as one of the best estate agents in Fleet.

Independent comparison website estateagent4me helps you find the best estate agent in your local area. We are delighted that consistently the statistics show we have one of the highest success rates in Fleet. Check 4 Houses regularly take the shortest number of days on average to sell a property and has a track record of achieving 98% of asking prices, because of our realistic approach to pricing.

Our team are passionate about offering local people in Fleet and beyond the best service at a realistic price. In our latest testimonial, Mr Faulkner from Fleet says:

“My sister and I had already spent several fruitless months trying to sell our late father’s flat through a traditional high street estate agent. We got the occasional view, but not so much as a whiff of an offer.

That all changed when we moved our business to Check 4 Houses. Paul and his colleagues made things happen fast. We even ended up with a bidding war for the property.

Not only that, all the legal and administrative work was carried out quickly, efficiently, and accurately.

I have already recommended Check 4 Houses orally to friends, and would commend them to others unhesitatingly.”

From our head office in Fleet we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. 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 and help you save thousands in estate agency fees.

Fleet Pond in Fleet, Hampshire

Have your say on the future of Fleet in the Fleet Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

The Fleet Neighbourhood Plan Pre-Submission Questionnaire is now open for comments until 15 June 2018. It provides local residents of Fleet with the opportunity to have your say on planning policies that will shape future development in the local area.

Neighbourhood plans are important documents which carry legal weight. Once approved, the policies contained are used to decide whether planning applications are approved. They should ensure that a community gets the right types of development, in the right places.

Over many months, a group of volunteers and Fleet Town Councillors have been developing a draft version of a Fleet Neighbourhood Plan with input from local organisations and voluntary groups.

Open for consultation

Fleet Town Council have now opened a consultation on a Pre-Submission version of the Fleet Neighbourhood Plan. It is a chance for all Fleet residents to comment on the draft and the important local issues contained in it.

You can comment on three key areas:

  1. Ensuring the Vibrancy and Vitality of the Town Centre

Fleet’s population is growing, placing increased demand on the town centre to provide cultural and leisure facilities. The Town Centre part of the Plan presents a vision for a vibrant “Civic Quarter”. This will provide the facilities needed for local residents and attract visitors to the area.

  1. Conserving our local area

All areas of the country have been tasked with building more housing in order to cater to growing demand. The Fleet Neighbourhood plan proposes that any new development within the Fleet Town Council area, and in the Conservation Areas, needs to be sympathetic to the local character in scale, style and density.

3. Protecting our green spaces

Fleet’s green spaces are a huge asset to residents. The Fleet Neighbourhood Plan looks at how to protect and enhance green spaces and the woodland nature of the area.

Online questionnaire ready for completion

A questionnaire has been produced for residents to complete. It includes a summary of the policies that are being proposed and asks residents to agree or disagree. You can read the complete version of the Pre-Submission Fleet Neighbourhood Plan on the Council website or view a hard copy. Hard copies are available in the Fleet Town Council Offices, Fleet Library or at The Harlington.

You can complete the questionnaire by clicking HERE.

If you are unable to complete the questionnaire online, you can complete a copy of the questionnaire which was included in the May ‘Town Talk’ Newsletter. You can also pick up a copy from the Public Exhibition at The Harlington (14 May – 15 June) or download a copy by clicking here. Hard copies of the questionnaire should be returned to Fleet Town Council, The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, GU51 4BY.

The consultation closes on 15th June 2018 so you still have a few weeks to have your say.

At Check 4 Houses we are passionate about our local town of Fleet and its surrounding area. 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 property.

A fun day out for the whole family at Yateley May Fayre

Monday 7th May sees the annual Yateley May Fayre take place on Yateley Green. If you haven’t attended the event before, then this year could be your first trip.

Activities right through the day

The main fayre starts at 10.30am, though you can always arrive early to grab a bargain at the Car Boot sale from 8am. During the day there will be a wide variety of stalls available offering:

  • Crafts, plants and baked treats and many other items for sale
  • Tombolas, games and fairground rides for kids
  • Various food and drink stands

The main arena will feature performances from:

  • Dangerous and spectacular act the Vander Space Wheel of Death
  • Fun outside clown act the Clown Bluey Crazy Fire Engine show
  • The Sandhurst & District Corps of Drums
  • Troupes of local dancers

The day ends with the fun open dog show. There will also be a vehicle show with categories including classic cars, steam vehicles and conversions.

The event is free to attend and parking is available on the Firgrove Road side of the green. It isn’t too late if you want to be a stall holder at the event. You can download the forms you need here: http://www.yateleylions.co.uk/mayfayreforms.html

As a local estate agent, we are passionate about offering local people in Yateley and beyond the best service at a realistic price. When we sold a house on Raven Close, we saved the vendors nearly £4,000 when compared to high street agents. The vendors were also delighted with our personal service:

“With all viewings Paul gave us prompt feedback and his professionalism carried on right through to the completion of the sale of our house.”

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.

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.

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Hampshire County Council asks residents for their views on balancing its budget

We all know that councils are under pressure to do more with less.  Like many public sector organisations, budgets have been squeezed yet in many cases demands for services are increasing.  Hampshire County Council is no different.  The County Council claims that by April 2019 it will be facing an anticipated budget shortfall of £140 million.  In an effort to involve local people, they have opened an online consultation about strategic options for balancing the books.

Saving money: the options

The consultation asks for residents’ views on the key options for saving money, which are:

  • reducing and changing services
  • introducing and increasing charges for some services
  • lobbying central Government for legislative change
  • generating additional income
  • using the County Council’s reserves
  • increasing Council Tax
  • changing local government arrangements

At each part of the consultation you will be asked if you agree or disagree with the council making changes in this way.  For example, reducing services might mean reducing library opening hours, or routine road salting during winter months.  Lobbying central Government for legislative change could allow Councils to charge residents to use services such as local Household Waste and Recycling Centres or concessionary bus fares.  Changing local government arrangements in Hampshire could mean having fewer councillors and senior managers, reducing back office functions or disposing of surplus buildings and equipment.  All of the options are outlined in the Information Pack.

Online and paper options

You can complete the consultation online on the Hampshire County Council website here, as well as view the Information Pack.  You can also download and print paper copies of the Information Pack and Response Form or request copies by emailing insight@hants.gov.uk or calling 0300 555 1375.  Paper copies are also available from Hampshire libraries.

The closing date for the consultation is 11:59pm on Monday 21 August 2017.  You still have a few weeks to have your say and help influence the future direction of our local area.

At Check 4 Houses, as local property experts we know the towns and cities of FleetFarnboroughAldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateley and Farnham inside out.  We are passionate about supporting our customers through the process of selling their property.  With personal contact from start to finish, our internet based approach can save you thousands.  We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – giving you more to spend on your next property.  Please give us a call for a no obligation valuation on 01252 819725 or email info@check4houses.co.uk.

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Enjoy some family fun at Fleet Carnival this weekend

This weekend sees the streets of Fleet transformed for the Fleet Carnival.  Carnival runs from Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July, with the Grand Procession on Saturday 1st July.

Underwater fun

2017 is the 62nd anniversary of the Fleet Carnival and the theme this year is ‘Under the Sea’ so expect to see plenty of starfish and seahorses on display.  2016 was a record year with 40 procession entries.  2017 could beat that with 35 entrants already registered, including local schools, charities and companies such as Everyone Active.  The people of Fleet have chosen Surrey and Hampshire Borders Riding for the Disabled as the nominated charity this year.  Procession entrants will have their buckets ready to collect donations along the route.

An action packed programme of events

As always the Carnival offers something for everyone.  Friday sees the opening of the Carnival at 5pm on Calthorpe Park playing fields.  An evening of fun fair and live music awaits.  Those visiting the marquee can take part in the family Bingo night.

On Saturday a full programme is on offer with stalls open from 10am – 5pm.  The Bar/Pimms tent and food stalls run even later until 9.30pm.  Enjoy live music throughout the afternoon from 3pm – 9.30pm.  The Kidszone is open from 12-5pm and the Baby show takes place at 11am.  If you think your little cutie is a winner then you’ll need to be at the Carnival marquee by 10.45am to complete the entry form and pay the £5 entry fee.  There are 4 categories available, from 3-18 months.

Sunday sees the dog show and car show take centre stage.  More live music and food is on offer, as well as the Maker’s Market and funfair.  The Maker’s Market will be situated in the Fleet Carnival Marquee on Calthorpe Park and will have over 40 stalls including Crafters, Quilters, Jewellers, Painters, Jams and Fudge. The music line up is yet to be confirmed but promises to have plenty of local talent on offer.

Fleet is a thriving community with a regular calendar of events such as this to bring local people together.  If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet 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 £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.

 

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Egg-citing local events to keep you entertained this Easter

With Easter being slightly later this year, there is even more reason to get out and about in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and celebrate the joys of Spring.

Egg hunts for everyone

There are plenty of outdoor egg hunts available at key National Trust sites across Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey including The Vyne in Basingstoke, Basildon Park near Reading and Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming.  Easter is also lambing season and you might be lucky enough to see some being born if you head to farms such as Lockey Farm in Arborfield or Manydown Farm in Basingstoke.

In Fleet you can join the annual Ancells Farm Easter Egg Trail on Good Friday with plenty to keep children entertained.  Activities include the trail itself, Easter bonnet and colouring competitions as well as an Easter raffle.  There is also an Easter trail on Yateley Common on Easter Monday where you can follow the trail around the woodlands and heathlands, collect all the clues to tell the Ranger and receive an Easter Surprise.

Indoor activities to keep the kids entertained

If the weather isn’t so kind, head along to The Mall in Camberley which has free events running for two weeks from April 3rd to 15th.  Activities include an egg hunt around The Mall for the chance to win a chocolate egg. as well as arts and crafts, animals, magic, storytelling and a Punch and Judy show at the Kids Camp in The Square.  The Broad Street Mall in Reading are offering fun filled workshops, face-painting, an Egg trail, and the chance to win a family trip to Legoland as part of their egg-citing entertainment from April 10th – April 15th.  You could even check our your local garden centre.  Some are offering Easter activities including egg hunts, seed planting workshops and more.

Spring is traditionally one of the busiest times on the property market so if you feel you are ready to make your next move then please give us a call on 01252 819725 or email us at info@check4houses.co.uk.  We would be happy to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.  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 or 0.5% + VAT. This could save you thousands when compared to standard agency fees, giving you more to spend on your new home.