10 top tips to instantly improve your home – and sell ability

1. Paint your front door (easy)

When potential buyers arrive at your home, the front door is the first thing they see. It’s also the most often neglected area of a home. A new look entrance can be achieved in a simple weekend project involving the preparation to the door and then the application of two well-applied coats of paint. You may want to consider a new look for your door – if you currently have a high gloss dark coloured door, would a matt finish in a pastel shade suit your home and make it stand out from your neighbours. While you are tidying up the front door also think about the general area. Replacing the house number adds a nice finishing touch.

2. Repaint a room (easy)

If your home feels tired this can easily be resolved by just repainting one room and this job can usually be completed in one day. After you have chosen your colour you need to ensure you have the correct type of paint. If you are painting a kitchen or bathroom you should remember that the paint has to be suitable for a high humidity environment, vinyl silk emulsion is a good choice. The key to achieving a good finish is good preparation; this is essential before you start any painting. Before you start remember to fill any cracks with smooth decorators filler, and then rub down when the filler has dried. Ensure all the walls and paintwork are dust free and then wash them all with sugar soap and rinse with clean water. After protecting all your furniture you are ready to start painting, start with the ceiling, move onto the walls and then do the woodwork. If the first coat does not produce the desired finish you may need to apply a second coat.

3. Declutter your home (easy)

This advice is often given when you are preparing your home for sale but it can be relevant to any time. In the busy lives we all lead it is very easy to accumulate piles of paperwork or possessions we no longer require. A cluttered home will appear smaller and it won’t be a relaxing place to live in. Be sensible about this project though, it makes much more sense to break it down into separate rooms, don’t get so motivated you try and tackle the whole house – the motivation will soon diminish! Before you start designate an area for items to go to a charity shop, and another area for general refuse. Start working in one area, don’t do more than a couple of hours and come back and finish the room before moving on. Once this room is done it will motivate you to conquer the others!

4. Clean the grout in your bathroom (medium)

Over the years the grout in your bathroom can become dirty and this results in a bathroom that looks grimy. As grout is porous it easily absorbs dirt and grease and the chemicals contained in soap and shampoo. Although it can be a long slow task cleaning the grout will easily return your bathroom to its former glory. The first method to try is to use an old toothbrush and a specialised cleaner to tackle the grime. If the cleaner has anti-mold qualities it will help to break down the mold and also help to stop it reappearing. If possible try to keep the room ventilated, as the fumes from some cleaners can be toxic. If this method doesn’t produce good results you can purchase a grout remover and carefully remove the existing grout. You can then apply a topcoat of new grout and the bathroom will look like new.

5. Lay a wooden floor (medium)

Adding a wooden floor to your home adds a highly desirable finish to a room and is also a great finish to live with. Laying the floor is a DIY task that anyone with simple skills can do, you just need a willingness to plan, be able to work methodically and some patience! There are hundreds of different types of flooring available, and choosing one designed for DIY will help you in the task. Many floors simply click together allowing you to produce a perfect finish. Before you start ensure you have all the tools you need, and also purchase the correct underlay – you also need to decide which way you want the floor to run. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to lay the floor, many boards comes with a simple locking mechanism to join the boards together with a perfect join. You will probably need to cut the final boards to fit, and then either reapply the skirting board or apply a wooden baton to cover the expansion gap.

6. Decorate a feature wall with wallpaper (medium)

Adding a feature wall to your home can add a very modern aspect to any room and liven up your interior, and if this is your first time wallpapering doing just one wall is a good introduction. Choosing a high quality thicker paper will allow you to produce a good result easier, and a plain textured paper is an easier choice than one requiring pattern matching. As with most DIY tasks good preparation is the key, ensure your wall is cleaned, washed and dry. You can now start to cut your paper; the lengths should be cut around 100mm longer than you require allowing for trimming. If you have a paper with a large pattern hang the first piece in the center of the room, otherwise start in a corner. Remember to follow the manufacturer instructions when choosing which paste to use. After the first piece gradually work your way to the edge of the walls, cutting each piece as you go until you have completed the wall.

7. Put up shelving / create storage (medium to easy).

Every home needs storage and adding shelving to your home can help you get organised. There is a huge selection of shelving available and you can have them in wood, MDF or glass – they can be either bought ready-made or you can buy the materials and make a shelf that will fit exactly. Before you begin to hang the shelves you need to know what type of walls you have. For brick or concrete walls you will need to use heavy duty wall plugs, if you have stud walls you can either screw into the stud or use hollow wall fittings. This is one place where it is definitely worth spending extra money to get decent quality fittings. Another important thing is to ensure you know if there are any pipes or cables in the wall, you can buy a tester to help you with this. You can now mark the position of your brackets and after using a spirit level to ensure they are even, drill the holes and mount the brackets using the plugs and screws. You can now add your shelf and remember to screw it to the brackets to add extra rigidity.

8. Install coving (medium)

Adding coving to your home will give any room a finished look and it can add a nice architectural detail to plain rooms, especially important if your home is recently built. Coving is available in several different materials and price ranges. Polystyrene is the cheapest and easiest to install but it will require more painting and due to its construction it can be damaged easily. The best quality coving is made of plaster and requires less painting; it can also be purchased in many authentic period styles. Before you start the job you will need a saw and a coving mitre block to cut the corners. Start on the longest wall, cut the coving it to length and after applying good quality coving adhesive place the coving on the wall. To ensure a good fix you can use small nails above and below the coving to hold it in place until the adhesive has set. You can now move around the room using the mitre block to cut the angles for each corner. When you have finished you may need to apply some filler to the joints to get a smooth finish before you decorate. You can then apply a couple of coats of paint to finish the job.

9. Hang a new (internal) door (hard)

Many homes, especially new builds, are often fitted with inferior quality internal doors. Upgrading the doors to higher quality is a medium skill DIY task that immediately improves the appearance of your interior. Internal doors are available from many DIY stores or you can have them made bespoke, although this option will produce more solid doors that may require more people to install them. After removing the old door you may need to cut the new door if needed, prepare for the new hinges and fittings and then hang the new door. This part of the process is usually much easier if you can have two people helping, one to hold the door while the other fixes it in place. You should now decorate the new door if it requires painting, and then finish the job by attaching the new door handles.

10. Hire a handyman for a few hours (very easy!!)

If you have a list of jobs you want to get done but really don’t know how to do them, don’t just keep putting them off – consider hiring a handyman for a few hours. A handyman service can help you with plumbing, electrics, decorating or any general household DIY you don’t know how to do. Start by taking a walk around your home to list everything that you think needs doing as if you are going to hire someone; try to get everything done at the same time. Then seek a recommendation – try asking on Facebook first, or if not perhaps speak to a neighbour, or simply find a handyman via the Internet. When you agree a price for the work make sure to ask how long it will take. On the day they visit ensure everything on your list is done, and then sit back and enjoy your home.

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Get your property ready to sell in 2019

There’s no doubt that the property market, like many parts of our economy, is facing challenges at the moment. Uncertainty about Brexit is causing some concern. However, that doesn’t mean its all doom and gloom.

People still move house, whatever happens in the economy

According to research by AA Mortgages, the top 5 reasons for moving home in Q2 2018 were:

  1. Work – either a change of job or to be nearer work
  2. Saving money – looking for a cheaper area
  3. Expanding family – starting or extending a family, with the arrival of a new baby
  4. New surroundings – moving away from a neighbour or area they don’t like
  5. Family relationships – being closer to family

All of these reasons still exist, whether house prices are rising or falling. The biggest issue in our local area of Hampshire for many years has been the lack of supply. Due to our excellent commuter links, schools and leisure facilities, properties are still highly sought after.

So, if you are planning to sell in 2019, what can you do to maximise your chances of success?

Here are our top tips for success:

  1. Really think about your reasons for selling and what you want.

Being focussed on your goal can help you during what can be a stressful process. Do you really need to move house? If so, why? What does your new property need to deliver?

  1. Be realistic about your price

It’s your choice what price you market your property at. Estate agents will advise you on what they think is a suitable valuation. You might be prepared to sit at a high price and wait, but if you are motivated to move, considering a lower price to maximise interest may be a better approach. The right estate agent will then be able to work with those buyers to get the best possible value for your home.

  1. Choose your estate agent carefully

We always recommend getting at least 3 estate agents round to value your property and talk you through their fees. Check what their terms and conditions are, so you know what notice period you are signing into. Don’t expect to pay more than 1% or agree to anything more than an 8-week contract, to give you maximum control. If you are considering an online estate agent, check whether services like accompanied viewings or For Sale boards are included, so you don’t end up facing unexpected costs.

  1. Prepare your home for sale

Particularly in winter, it can be hard to make a property look at its best. But you’ll be amazed what a difference a good clean and tidy up can make. Try and keep spaces as light and clutter free as possible, to allow viewers to see themselves in your space. If your property appears well looked after it gives prospective buyers confidence that they are buying a quality property that won’t cause them issues further down the line.

  1. Get solicitors in place

Did you know that around one in three property sales fall through within the first few weeks? Being proactive about moving a sale forward can help increase trust at a vital time. Research solicitors as soon as you have put your property on the market and get approximate costs so that you can budget accordingly and be ready to appoint someone as soon as you agree an offer.

At Check 4 Houses we are passionate about providing a professional, reliable service which is as stress-free as possible.

Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us for a free, no obligation valuation of your property as well further advice and support. You can also download our Selling Guide.

From our head office in Fleet, we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We can sell your home from just £699 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

With Christmas Day almost upon us, we wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2018 has been another fantastic year for us at Check 4 Houses thanks to our lovely clients in Fleet, Farnborough, Frimley, Mytchett, Aldershot, Maidenhead and beyond. Over the past 12 months, we have saved our clients an amazing £230,000 when compared to standard agency fees. That’s an average of over £5,900 per sale. What would you do with the extra £6,000? It would certainly make a big difference towards your new home.

Speedy service

One of our highlights of the year was our fastest sale where our clients managed to complete within just 28 days of accepting an offer. Given that one in three house sales collapse within three weeks, and that many sales that do succeed can drag on for months, that’s a fantastic achievement. It just shows the importance of using the right agent, to find the right buyer. That’s something we pride ourselves on. We do our homework to ensure we present the best buyers and manage sales closely through to completion.

Service above and beyond what you might expect

At Check 4 Houses we are passionate about delivering exceptional levels of customer service, which has earnt us a place in the Best Estate Agent Guide 2019. Even though we do not do lettings, this year we actually ended up sourcing a short term let for a prospective buyer. This enabled us to keep a buyers sale on track. The buyer was able to relocate the area and the ongoing chain remained intact.

An honest estate agent in Fleet

Our aim has always been to offer a professional, genuine and reliable service. We don’t over-value properties just to get business or overpromise on what we can deliver. We firmly believe honesty is the best policy, and we’re delighted that clients like Mr B Attree from Farnborough agree:

“Many thanks to Paul and all his staff for a job well done!

From the outset, Paul was frank and honest about the market conditions and the value of my home. We agreed to market the property using ‘offers in excess of’ and within a week I had 13 viewings and several offers including several over the asking price!

Check 4 Houses were always attentive and extremely professional!

I can’t thank them enough for all of their hard work, great communication and attention to detail throughout.”

Brexit and beyond

Of course, Brexit is coming and people are worried about all sorts of things from holidays to our harbour ports. We don’t know yet exactly what effect it will have on the property market. But we do know, Brexit or not, that people still need to move home. Be it new jobs, new partners, new babies, new schools or simply new surroundings, people will always want to move house, whatever happens to property prices. We also know that our local area around Fleet, Farnborough and Aldershot is a highly desirable area. Good commuter services to London and access to the motorway network are major plus points. We have a low crime rate, good schools, a wide variety of sports facilities and stunning green spaces to enjoy. Demand is still likely to outstrip supply.  

After such a busy year we will be taking a few days off over Christmas and New Year. Our offices are now closed and will reopen on Thursday 3rd January at 9 am.

If you are thinking about selling your home in 2019 then please give us a call on 01252 819725.  We would be delighted to give you a free valuation 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.

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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What length of estate agent contract should I sign for?

When choosing which estate agent to sell your property there are lots of factors to consider. What experience of the local area do they have? What is their track record of selling properties similar to yours?

People sometimes get persuaded by high valuations and promises of buyers just waiting to walk through your door. But one question you shouldn’t overlook is what length of contract you will be asked to sign for.

Check the small print

Even if you have already decided which agent to go with, always check the small print of the contract. Contact periods can range from 4 weeks to 4 months, depending on the agent. On the one hand, it is only reasonable to give an estate agent enough time to do their job. Drafting sales particulars, conducting viewings and managing negotiations all takes time. Potential purchasers may want to come back for a second or even a third viewing. They may have to wait for their own property to go under offer before they can proceed.

Having said that, as a seller you don’t want to get stuck with an under-performing agent. For most properties, the maximum interest is in the first few weeks. As your property comes onto the market, you’ll usually get an influx of viewers and have the highest chance of success. What will an agent be doing if your property is still on the market 2 months later, especially if they have other properties to sell? You don’t want to be tied to an agent who you feel isn’t giving you their best, when you could be moving on with a new estate agent and a fresh approach.

Don’t sign a contract for more than 8 weeks

We don’t recommend signing a contract for more than 8 weeks. This strikes the balance of giving enough time for an agent to do their job, whilst giving you the control to move on if they don’t deliver. Your agent should be confident that they can achieve what they say and work hard to keep your custom.

Why not check out our FAQs for answers to questions such as this to help get your property sale moving?

From our Check 4 Houses head office in Fleet, we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, AldershotBasingstokeCamberleyYateleyFarnham and beyond. We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we would be delighted to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your property.

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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.

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Check 4 Houses rated as top performing estate agent in Fleet in independent survey EstateAgent4Me

We are delighted the latest independent survey results from HomeOwners Alliance rate Check 4 Houses 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 have the highest success rate in our local area, with a 69% success rate of selling properties. We take the shortest number of days on average to sell a property at 33 days. 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, Vikki P says:

“This is the second time I have used Check 4 Houses and for a second time I can’t fault them. From the initial valuation through to completion they provided a professional and friendly service. Unfortunately, there were complications in the chain meaning the sale took a long time and we lost our buyer. Paul and Julie were right back on the case and we resold almost immediately.

I’d highly recommend Check4Houses, excellent service at an excellent price.”

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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Summer of fun coming up across Fleet, Aldershot, Yateley, Farnham and beyond

Though not all schools have broken up yet, the recent warm weather means that summer is already in full swing. There are lots of outdoor events coming up in Fleet, Aldershot, Yateley, Farnham and other local areas to keep you entertained over the next few weeks.

Stars of Stage and Screen at Fleet Carnival

This weekend Fleet was taken over by the Hollywood theme of this year’s Festival. The main procession started on Connaught Road at 2pm. Every penny collected along the route went directly to the chosen 2018 charity – The Zone! The-Zone! is a charity dedicated to families living with autism and similar conditions in Hart, Rushmoor and surrounding areas. Sadly, this year’s dog show at the Carnival had to be cancelled due to the heat. However, the Baby Show and Kids zone were very popular. Crowds were entertained with music from many live bands including Farnborough Tech bands and Fleet Rock Choir.

Summer fun in the Princes Gardens bandstand in Aldershot

A summer of free music kicked off on Saturday with the Sandhurst Community Band performing in the Aldershot bandstand at lunchtime. There will be free music every Saturday over the summer from midday to 2pm right through till 1st September. Why not take along a picnic and enjoy the entertainment? You can view the full line of up bands here: https://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/bandstand

Live Music on 14th July in Elvetham Heath, Sherfield on Loddon and Hartley Wintney

Next Saturday offers a variety of entertainment with events across our local region. Concert on the Green takes place in Elvetham Heath in Fleet from 3-8pm and promises live music, inflatables, food and refreshments. Further west, Sherfest takes place at Sherfield Park in Sherfield on Loddon from 12-8pm. Along with live music, there will be a balloon twister, face painting and more to keep the kids entertained. At Hartley Wintney Football Club you can enjoy live music from 1pm right through to 11pm at family-friendly music festival Rowfest. Bands include The Ganchos, The Whisky G’s and Jo Johnson.

And ..Action: Outdoor cinema in Aldershot, Fleet & Yateley

If cinema is more your thing you can enjoy outdoor screenings at locations in Aldershot, Fleet & Yateley – as well as other locations across the South East. The Greatest Showman at Aldershot Lido is already fully booked for 12 & 13th July but there are still tickets available for other screenings. Enjoy a blast from the past with Back to the Future on Yateley Green on 26th August or Pretty Woman at Aldershot Lido on 31st August.

That’s not all

There’s also Weyfest in Farnham on 17th – 19th August to look forward to. This premium, boutique-style festival offers fine foods, wines, ales, ciders and lagers, cocktails and champagne bars – with plenty of posh clean toilets. The beautiful campsite is set in 10 acres of stunning woodland of the Rural Life Centre museum. Bands include Aswad, 10CC and Cast.

At Check 4 Houses we are passionate about supporting our local 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.

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Find your flavour at Fleet Food Festival this weekend

Fleet Food Festival kicks off this Saturday 23rd June and promises to be a sumptuous event for all the family.

In its fifth anniversary year, the festival has been extended to span the entire weekend of 23th and 24th June. The two-day festival is still free to enter and offers a wide variety of activities.

A feast of a food market

Over 75 stallholders are expected to pack the food market with an array of tempting treats. There will be a strong international flavour with Caribbean and Spanish street foods, Nepalese and Japanese food, Indian, Thai and even Tibetan offerings. There will also be plenty of sweet delights with fine chocolates, handmade marshmallows, award-winning fudge and American inspired brownies all available.

A range of pop up bars will ensure you don’t go dry with traditional West Country ciders, English sparkling wine and even ice cream cocktails on offer.

Cookery Masterclass & Tastes Theatre to inspire you

A busy schedule of demonstrations from expert chefs, cooks and bakers are sure to get your taste buds going. Tickets can be bought on the day for £2 for each session or you can buy a ticket in advance for £10 for all sessions. Look out for Adam Fargin, Head Chef at The Wild Carrot at The Four Seasons on the Saturday afternoon or learn how to cook some Persian delights with Sisi Ryder, chef proprietor of The Phoenix Inn, Hartley Wintney on the Sunday afternoon.

Music while you munch

Sit back and relax as you enjoy live performances from bands and singers including rock, pop, soul, funk and jazz duo Supergreek; folk and rock from The Kindred Spirit Band; local singer-songwriter and future star Lilianne as well as The Elvetham Heath Choir.

There will also be live dance performances from the Fleet Indian Community and Kala the Arts.

Cars and craft

Saturday is the Universal Classic Cars Car Show of classic cars and supercars. If you are a motor-lover then go along and admire over 20 supercars and classic cars parked by The Views. You can even speak to the owners and vote for your favourite car.

Sunday sees a range of artisan craft stalls from The Hart of Craft join the show so it could be the perfect time for a bit of shopping for yourself or friends.


Fleet Food Festival is open from 10am-7pm on Saturday 23rd June and 10am – 5pm on Sunday 24th June. It takes place on The Views and the nearest car park is Victoria Road. You can find out more on the Fleet Food Festival website.

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