Stamp Duty Tax Holiday ‘wasteful’ according to leading Think Tank

Soaring house prices are not down to the stamp duty tax relief, according to a recent report.

The Resolution Foundation, a leading independent think tank, argues there have been “stronger forces at play within the housing market over the past year” with pandemic-related factors such as enforced savings over lockdown, changing house preferences and low-interest rates as the real reason for continuing house price growth.

The report concludes that “the transaction tax holidays have been problematic less because they were inflationary, and more because they have been wasteful” resulting in the HMRC forgoing an estimated £4,7 billion in taxes across England and Northern Ireland.”

Introduced in +July 2020, the stamp duty break sought to stimulate economic activity by boosting transactions in the housing market, offsetting the expected effects of the pandemic.

Since this time, house prices have rocketed, with the average value of a UK home rising more than 13.2%. According to Halifax’s most recent House Price Index, the “average UK property price currently stands at £261,221, up 0.4% in July and Wales records strongest house price growth since 2005”.

Currently, the stamp duty holiday in England and Northern Ireland is being phased out, with the tax break set to elapse on 30 September 2021. The Scottish and Welsh stamp duty holidays have now ended on 31 March and 30 June, respectively.

For those buyers in England and Northern Ireland looking to purchase a property, the threshold at which stamp duty kicks in has dropped from £500,001 to £250,001 until the 30th September 2001, with scope for savings of up to £2500. The threshold will fall back to its usual level of £125,001 on 1st October 2021 unless you’re a first-time buyer where you’ll pay no SDLT up to £300,000.

Wide of the mark

Investigating whether the stamp duty break fuelled the recent house price boom, the Resolution Foundation’s analysis in the Housing Outlook reports to the contrary – “house prices have defied expectations over the last year, rising dramatically in the face of the Covid-19 economic crisis’ and ‘while many commentators have blamed transaction tax holidays for this trend, analysis in this housing Outlook suggests this is somewhat wide of the mark.”

The report’s authors Lindsay Judge, Felicia Odamtten and Krishan Shah acknowledge that “it is reasonable to expect at least part of the savings from any transaction tax holiday to be capitalised into house prices (an HMRC evaluation of the stamp duty cut introduced for first-time buyers in wake of the financial crisis estimated that between 50 and 70 per cent of the value fed through into higher house prices, for example.”

However “logically, if the cuts to transaction taxes have been the overwhelming driver of the house price trends observed over the past 12 months, we would expect to see higher growth in areas where the savings from the change in policy have been most significant as a share of the house price.”

The authors further found that “Prices have grown by more in those local authority areas where the average buyer experienced negligible, if any, savings as a result of a transaction tax holiday, compared with areas where far higher savings were achieved.”

The think tank went onto compare house price trajectories in five other developed economies over the pandemic period. It was noted that house prices also rose significantly over the past year signalling that the UK “are no outlier when it comes to recent house price performance.”

The findings further support the suggestion that “we should look more to common factors such as historically low-interest rates globally and changing housing preferences in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis for a large part of our explanation of recent trends.”

The report concludes by confirming “Overall, then, our critique of the transaction tax holidays nationwide (and certainly their extension in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in March 2021) is less that they have been the dominant force pushing up house prices over the past year, and more that they have not been required given other drivers of activity in the market.”

Check 4 Houses: Covid-19 Update

This week, on Monday 19th July or ‘Freedom Day’ to coin a phrase, the Government lifted almost all legal restrictions in England surrounding Covid-19. Whilst the rules may have changed, the Government has issued guidance to continue to help prevent the spread of the disease. The main message conveyed to people across the country is to err on the side of caution, use their personal judgment and common sense by considering the risks to protect themselves and others.

The safety and wellbeing of our customers are at the forefront of all we do (but we’ll come to that bit later) Firstly, the Check 4 Houses team would like to take this opportunity to send a huge thank you to all our clients, customers, colleagues and the wider community, for their continued support, cooperation, and understanding over the past eighteen months. It really has meant a lot – we’ve been so grateful to have been able to keep you moving safely throughout this unprecedented time.

So the rules have changed but what does this mean to our customers? Although the government has removed many of the legal restrictions in place, as a business, we have decided to continue to wear face coverings when on appointments, accompanied valuations and viewings – we politely request that you do the same unless otherwise exempt. We will, of course, continue to report any symptoms and follow guidance from the NHS Track and Trace system on when to self-isolate, again we would politely request that you do the same so we can keep our team and the people they meet as safe as possible.

We want to reassure you that we’ll continue to monitor developments, and our policies will be continually reviewed and amended in line with further government guidelines and advice on home moving, these guidelines of which are available to view at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/moving-home-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Whilst it’s lovely to see a much-awaited return to ‘normal’ we must continue to act responsibly and keep everyone safe as best possible. Once again, we would like to thank you for your cooperation and understanding regarding the measures in place for everyone’s protection.

Should you need any further information on this matter or wish to arrange a valuation or viewing, please do not hesitate to call Check 4 Houses on 01252 819725.

Check out our latest podcast available now to download!

This month we had the pleasure of being special guests on Buzz Podcasts – award-winning BuzzTalk Business Podcast, talking about what we know best-selling houses!!

Who are Buzz Podcasts? BuzzTalk – Business presenters discuss with local business people across Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey, key issues of the day, examining the business stories and economic trends that are reshaping our world. The show is a mixture of fun, engaging conversation, talking directly to the listeners just like a radio show – and we had lots of fun doing it!

Meet our team – we’re just real people who love what we do, hear about how Check 4 Houses got started, our first break, the mayhem of the past year, our market predictions and top tips when choosing an estate agent!!

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Check 4 Houses’ fantastic June Half-term Prize Giveaway!

Check 4 Houses have an exciting giveaway this June! We thought to give a little thanks and cheer to the local community after a challenging year, and to support a great local business – we would run a fun competition this half term to win some brilliant prizes!

This June, Check 4 Houses have a free voucher to Clip ‘N Climb in Fleet, Hampshire, to give away to three lucky prize winners!

Clip ‘n Climb is an exciting, new indoor climbing experience in Fleet from age 4+, that even adults can take part in! One voucher allows for 1 hour of climbing fun, and you’ll receive a full safety briefing and harness fitting beforehand – how cool is that!

Click here to find out more about Clip ‘N Climb, Fleet and what you can expect upon arrival!

Want to enter?

You have until 4pm Monday 7th June 2021 to enter. To be successfully entered into the prize draw, the entrant must comment on the competition post on the Check 4 Houses Facebook page by doing the following:

1. Tag your friends by commenting on the post *each tag is an entry (make sure you tag separately)
2. Like AND share the competition post
3. Like AND follow our Check 4 Houses Facebook page

Click here to enter the Facebook Competition.

Free prize giveaway terms and conditions:

● There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
● Entrants must be 18 years of age and over.
● Entries will close at 4pm Friday 7th June 2021. Entries after the time will not be accepted.
● Three winners will be chosen at random by an employee of Check 4 Houses and contacted through Facebook.
● If the winner does not accept the price and arrange for it to be collected within 24 hours of being contacted, a replacement winner will be chosen.
● The winners must be able to collect the prize from Check 4 Houses registered premises in Fleet; during our opening hours, a suitable time and location must be arranged in advance due to COVID-19 restrictions.
● No cash alternatives will be offered and the prize is not transferable.
● The prize is subject to availability and the promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
● The winner must bring a valid driving licence and/or passport to prove their identity and age when collecting the prize.
● This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.
● By entering this competition, the entrant is indicating their agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

GOOD LUCK!!

Top 10 exciting things to do locally this half term with the kids

That’s right, you’ve guessed it, the May half-term holidays are fast approaching, it’s that time again to entertain the kids, and with the lockdown restrictions finally being relaxed, it’s the perfect time to get out and about within the local area. But what’s open?

Our team prides itself on being local experts – so instead of talking about property, local amenities, school catchment areas, and transport links, we thought, why not round up the top 10 exciting things to do this half term locally with the kids.

And there is good news – there are plenty of exciting adventures for all ages to enjoy, from older children enjoying the challenge of adrenaline-filled activities to younger children exploring pretty woodlands or meeting cute animals all close to home. Here are some of the best we love locally!

Tidal Bay Crazy Adventure Golf, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hook, Hampshire

Head over to this crazy miniature adventure golf course for 18 holes of competitive fun come rain or shine! Based around a tropical tidal bay theme, as you make your way around the course, spot the koi carp, see terrapins, explore the exotic bird aviary and watch out – Krakatoa might blow! It’s open seven days a week, including bank holidays. Book tickets by calling directly or by visiting their website.

California Country Park, Finchampstead

Covering over 40 hectares and set within 100 acres of ancient bogland and lowland heath. California Country Park offers fun for all the family with scenic walks, wildlife watching, fishing and more. The park is open daily throughout the year, and for 2021 you’ll find the brand new play area with the sensory garden and the wildwood – as well as swings, hammocks and a large trampoline. Not to mention a large paddling splash pool which opens late summer.

Clip ‘n Climb Fleet, 226 Fleet Road, Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet

Action-packed fun for families and groups alike, Clip ‘N Climb is a brand new climbing wall experience based here in our very own Fleet Town Centre. Bright, colourful walls offer fun for all the family. From ages 5 to 99+, there is something for everyone! Test your limits and challenge yourself book today! Want to be in with a chance of winning free tickets – keep an eye on our Facebook page – exciting competition COMING VERY SOON!

Bocketts Farm, Fetcham, South of Leatherhead

A working family farm based in the heart of the Surrey countryside, Bocketts offers free-range fun for all the family. Meet the animals in the animal discovery barn, have fun in the play areas, with trampolines, giant slides, a bouncy pillow, two large indoor play barns and outdoor adventure trails, plus sample tasty homemade food in the lovely Old Barn Tearooms.

Vue Cinemas, Farnborough & Camberley locations

Now that restrictions have relaxed, cinemas have reopened, all covid secure, you and the family can sit back and relax and enjoy the ultimate big-screen experience once more. What’s great about the Vue venues is they offer great value for kids, with the popular mini morning sessions. See all the latest kids films and family movies for only £2.49 for both adults and kids. Mini Mornings run every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10 am, plus every day in the school holidays.

Birdworld, Farnham

One of the largest bird parks in the country, Birdworld consists of over 26 acres of landscaped park and gardens and is home to over 1000 birds. With over 180 different bird species in all shapes and sizes, visit the Zebra Finches, giant Emus, penguins, flamingos, exotic parrots and much more. Onsite cafe and lovely neighbouring garden centre, there is lots to see and do, and it’s nice and local.

Gravity Force, Camberley

One of the first trampoline parks in the UK, Gravity Force, is a wall to wall, floor level, fully monitored trampoline park where kids can bounce, have fun and experience some energy-burning action. If you love being active and looking for a fun-filled day out with the kids, this is a great place to book. There are sessions to suit everyone from toddlers to teens and a great cafe to relax and enjoy some refreshments.

Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Near Farnham

Is your family a fan of the Gruffalo? Why not check out the fun Gruffalo spotters trail, make your way through the winding forest and find the book’s wooden character sculptures. With over 1,800 miles of walking, running, and cycling trails, the forest offers something for everyone, not to mention fun play areas, café, Go Ape and cycle hire.

Paultons Park, Romsey

Voted the UK’s best theme park 2006-2020 by Travellers Choice, Paultons Park has now fully reopened to the public and offers over 70 different rides and attractions. New for 2021 is a brand new world – Tornado Springs that provides eight incredible new rides and experiences, including a spinning coaster, gyro swing ride and a driving school attraction. And we can’t forget the amazing Peppa Pig world, Peppa Pig’s very own theme park, where your little ones can meet Peppa and enjoy nine different rides. And the best bit – it’s easy to reach being just off exit 2 of the M27, close to the edge of the New Forest National Park.

Marwell Zoo, Thompsons Lane, Winchester

Situated in the Winchester countryside, just three miles from the M3, Marwell Zoo is the perfect place to visit when looking for things to do with kids in Hampshire. A 140-acre park home to hundreds of animals, including tigers, snow leopards, giraffes, penguins and more. Enjoy daily talks and animal feeds, five adventure playgrounds, cafés and gift shops.

How to sell your property this Spring – follow our simple to-do checklist!

Traditionally springtime has always been a great time to sell your home. A season of new beginnings, time is on our side with warmer, longer days, so prospective buyers have plenty of time to get out and about to view properties. Gardens are coming into full bloom, and bright, sunny light ensures properties look at their best. It’s a great time of year to sell.

This year the Spring selling market is a hive of activity and could be one of the most active markets we have ever seen before, with Rightmove reporting the strongest spring housing market for sellers in a decade. The portal announced home movers set a new record last month with over 9.1 million visits made to its site in just one day, an average of 6,320 visits every minute. In addition to the highest number of property, sales agreed over the past decade occurring on Tuesday 23rd March.

It’s thought that this is the best seller’s market in 10 years, with property sales reportedly up 30% year on year. So why the sudden Spring surge in buyer demand? A combination of lockdown easing, the extension of the stamp duty holiday and the new government-backed 95% mortgage scheme has seemingly created the optimum conditions for prospective buyers to look to move. Prospective buyer’s pursuit of more space in new surroundings is fuelling the market, with prices rising for the right property in the right location. Therefore, it’s a great time to sell and achieve a good price and a speedy sale.

So, what can you do to take advantage of these favourable selling conditions this Spring? Follow our simple to-do checklist to get your house market-ready in no time at all.

C4H Spring-Sale To-do Checklist

Declutter

  • Store kitchen utensils and pans in cupboards where possible
  • Clean washing up area ensure sink sparkles
  • Tidy bedrooms and make all the beds.
  • Clear away toys, piles of laundry and shoes
  • Remove excess ornaments, trinkets, think blank canvas

Spring Clean

  • Vacuum all carpets
  • Clean all windows to let in as much light in as possible
  • Wipe down blinds and/or wash curtains
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Mop all hard floors
  • Wipe down all bathroom areas and shower facilities
  • Wash pet bedding and ensure pet areas are as tidy as possible
  • Empty all bins, store rubbish away outside neatly

DIY SOS

  • Give your front door a fresh lick of paint if required
  • Fix any paint chips, creaky or loose doors/ cupboards
  • Repair any obvious wall holes or cracks
  • Ensure gates and boundary fencing are in good repair

Omit odours and replace with fresh scents

  • Bring outside in and open all windows/internal doors to air property
  • Consider adding a vase of fresh flowers
  • Make use of candles and diffusers, think fresh, inviting scent room sprays
  • Avoid heavy bleach odour, replace with freshly baked bread, fresh coffee pot smells

Enhance garden space

  • Thoroughly tidy garden area, sweep pathways
  • Mow the lawn
  • Get rid of the weeds, prune hedges and bushes
  • Plant some new flowers and add patio planters where possible
  • Make the most of seating and BBQ areas, as buyers are prioritising outside space
  • Clean up the summer house/shed/garage, again potential space for home office/study

Be organised

  • Find out recent council tax, water rates, electricity and gas bills
  • If you’ve had any new appliances such as a boiler recently fitted, leave out the receipts or guarantees for prospective buyers to see
  • If any previous planning permission sought, find out documentation

 

Prioritise Space

  • Repurpose unused spare rooms or rooms used as storage spaces
  • Consider giving these areas a use, think home office, additional bedroom, home gym
  • Rearrange furniture to maximise space to show prospective buyers alternative setups

Well done you are now Spring-sale prepared! Now that you have done all that hard work, make sure you don’t spend more than you need to in agency fees; shop around to find the right estate agent. For just a small upfront fee of £899+VAT or low 0.5% Selling Fee (No Sale, No Fee) saving you thousands, Check 4 Houses will expertly sell your house – giving you more to spend on your new home.

For a free valuation of your home, then please give us a call on 01252 819725 – we would be delighted to help.

New independent survey results rank Check 4 Houses at No. 1 again!! AND this time with higher than ever results at 99%!

The independent survey results are in, and it’s official Check 4 Houses are No.1 in the local area!

We delighted to announce that according to The Homeowners Alliance leading estate agent comparison tool estateagent4me, compared to other local estate agents in the area, we currently have the highest sales success rate* at 83% and the highest achieved asking price** at 99%, beating our national rivals yet again! Don’t believe us, see for yourself by checking out the full results here: https://ea4me.hoa.org.uk/compare

A massive well done to the Check 4 Houses team, this result reflects the team’s dedication to always providing the best possible service, providing real value for money and helping lots of happy home movers across the Southern Counties to move as stress-free as possible.

So who are the Homeowners Alliance, what is the estateagent4me tool, and where can you access the full results to see where Check 4 Houses rank? The Homeowners Alliance is the UK’s leading property advice website and the only group of its type in Britain to ‘represent, 1 champion and serve homeowners and homebuyers’ alike. The Homeowners Alliance offer estateagent4me a free, easy comparison estate agent tool that compares the performance of your local estate agents in your area against fees they charge, average time to sell a property, how successful they are at achieving the asking price and how successful they are at selling similar homes.

The results are instant, free and most, importantly, impartial. Using the latest performance data from over 18,000 estate agents across thousands of different websites, estateagent4me provides accurate data about how each agent performs, ensuring you can find the best estate agent in your area. The results are ranked to ensure you can easily compare which agent was most successful overall, which agent achieved the asking price most often, compare the fees they charge and how long it took them to sell.

In case you’re new to our page and, you’re wondering who we are and what we do, we are Check 4 Houses, an independent, national property agency specialising in the sale of residential property, particularly in the South East region. We offer a bespoke and personal service from start to finish, aiming to sell your property against your own needs. As well as saving thousands of pounds in agent selling fees, you can also rest assured that your agent will always act in your very best interests and provide you with an honest, punctual and polite service. To find out how our customers have reviewed our service, click here to read our latest testimonials

If you’re looking for more advice or a free valuation of your home, please give us a call on 01252 819725, and we would be delighted to help. We pride ourselves on our local knowledge and highly personalised service, helping you through every step of the moving process. Make the right next move with Check 4 Houses by selling your home for just £899 or 0.5% + VAT and save thousands.

Source: HOA – estateagent4me – survey results correct as of 23rd March 2021.
**Success Rate (as defined by HOA) – percentage of all properties found advertised by this agent found on websites during the last 180 days that were subsequently advertised as sold subject to contract.
***Sale Price Achieved (as defined by HOA) The final sold price(as recorded at the HM Land Registry) as a percentage of the initial advertised asking price averaged for a sample of properties found advertised by this agent on websites during the last 180 days.

Law Society appeals for action to avert the cliff edge-end to the Stamp Duty holiday

A call to action has been issued by the Law Society for England and Wales, amid growing concerns that a cliff-edge end to the Stamp Duty holiday combined with a bottleneck in the housing market could see thousands of transactions collapsing at the eleventh hour, leaving consumers stranded and out of pocket.

The Law Society’s campaign to ‘help buyers climb the ladder – cancel the cliff edge’ urges individuals to write to their MP and request that the Government takes swift action to protect home buyers and support the orderly working of the property market ahead of the budget on 3 March and the 31 March planned cut-off date for the SDLT holiday.

The Law Society has submitted an extensive package of recommendations to the HM Treasury, to include extending the holiday, implementing tapered transition provisions for the end of the scheme, or introducing a grandfathering scheme for transactions that haven’t completed by the cut-off date.

“While the SDLT holiday was a welcome step to help revitalise the property market after the impact of lockdown, it has become increasingly clear that the abrupt end of the holiday on 31 March combined with a bottleneck in the market could cause significant disruption,” said the president of the Law Society David Greene.

“Thousands of transactions and chains could collapse at the last minute, leaving consumers who had hoped to take advantage of the concession to move into their dream home instead stranded and saddled with unrecoverable costs for transactions that fell through.

“Urgent action needs to be taken to soften this cliff edge and protect home buyers and sellers from being out of the scheme, out of luck and out of pocket.

“That’s why we are encouraging people to write to their MP urging them to raise these concerns in Parliament and with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and to ask the government to take swift action before 31 March.”

According to Rightmove’s most recent House Price Index Report, it’s thought over 100,000 dream home moves could be in jeopardy with home buyers facing an unexpected tax bill when they miss the 31st March 2021 deadline.

Those that wish to support the Law Society’s campaign and write to their MP can use their free quick, and easy tool, which takes just two minutes to complete by clicking here.

 

Lockdown 3 – Helping you move safely

This week the Government announced a further national lockdown which came into force Monday 4th January 2021. Unlike the previous national lockdown in March of last year, the English housing market will remain open.

We’re pleased to report that the government has confirmed that you can still move home, meaning that people can continue with planned moves and view new properties to move into in the future. Estate and letting agents, removals firms, valuers and people in sales and lettings offices and show homes, can continue to operate during the lockdown period as long as all parties involved in the home moving process follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on frequent hand washing, social distancing and wearing a face covering.

We’re incredibly pleased that we’re able to continue to support our clients and continue with accompanied viewings and valuations at this time, of course as an online business, we’ve worked remotely since the very first day we started, therefore it’s business as usual for the Check 4 Houses team.

As always our client’s wellbeing and safety are of paramount importance to us. We’ve taken time to again review all relevant government advice to ensure the safety procedures we’ve implemented as a business to keep both our clients and us safe during this time are in line with national guidance and ensures we operate as safely as possible.

To clarify all appointments undertaken must be carried out under the strict procedures listed as follows:

Viewings/Valuations

  • Strictly by appointment only
  • All interested parties (to include both members of the household being viewed, and all members of the household undertaking the viewing) must be in a position to proceed, i.e not showing symptoms of coronavirus or self-isolating.
  • Viewings confined to buyers only, no friends/relatives at the initial viewing stage.
  • Ideally, no children to accompany on viewings.
  • All parties to follow safe social distancing rules – minimum 2-metre distance maintained throughout the viewing/valuation.
  • All parties to wear a suitable face covering as described in government guidance unless they are exempt from this requirement.
  • Owners to vacate the property.
  • Owners to leave all internal doors open and all lights left on where applicable and open as many windows as possible.
  • All parties should wash their hands and avoid touching surfaces where possible.

*Check 4 Houses team will be wearing face-masks and gloves at all appointments.

We would like to reassure you that we’re closely monitoring daily developments and all relevant government guidelines on home moving, these guidelines of which are available to view at:

Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Should you need any further information on this matter, or wish to discuss arranging a valuation or viewing please do not hesitate to call Check 4 Houses on 01252 819725.

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

With Christmas Day fast approaching we wanted to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. More so than ever this year we would like to thank all our clients for supporting us in these unprecedented times, it’s meant a lot!

2020 has certainly been an unexpected year, who could have predicted we would enter into a global pandemic which would rock the housing market to the core. But despite such uncertainly and the overhaul of two national lockdowns this year, it was and will always be business as usual for us, and we’re pleased to report it’s been another incredibly busy year here at Check 4 Houses thanks to our fantastic clients.

Over the past 12 months, we have saved our clients an astonishing £272,709 when compared to standard agency fees. That’s an average of over £4,131 per sale. What would you do with the extra £4,131? It’s a long way towards a new kitchen or a new
boiler or even complete garden makeover.

Savings of over £272,709

Our single biggest saving for a client was £8,301 (excl VAT). We sold properties of all shapes and size during the year, with the most expensive sale at £685,000.

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

Going the extra mile for our clients

At Check 4 Houses, we pride ourselves on our customer service, which means always putting our clients first. This year has come with its own set of challenges, and despite the first lockdown disrupting the housing market, our commitment to putting our clients first and going the extra mile has not waived. Since day one we’ve always been an online business therefore it’s been business as usual for us, working remotely, is our speciality, where others have struggled to adapt to a new way of working, we’ve excelled. By putting in place immediate COVID19 safe work practices, we were able to continue our services with minimal adaptation and help reassure our clients and keep them moving safely and most importantly, stressfree.

A busy year of ups and downs, we’ve worked hard to keep our clients continually updated throughout lockdown. We’ve managed entire chains to keep the sales process moving, and worked all hours when other agents were long gone, and even conducted a virtual viewing for a client over Skype as far away as Singapore. We have tried our utmost best to go above and beyond this year, and 2021 will be no different, continuing with the safe distancing measures, and more we hope to help many more clients far and wide to realise their property dreams.

Ethical estate agency in Fleet

Whatever our sellers’ circumstances, we pride ourselves on our honest, professional approach and our personal contact from start to finish. As Wendy B from Reading said ‘From the beginning, Paul not only was honest and direct about the valuation of my house and discussed this with sincerity and great knowledge, but he gave great advice and really helped me understand every step. Everything I asked of him he did – and more! All this great service you would expect this to come at a high price, however, on the contrary Check 4 Houses actually saved me a whopping £4,000 compared with other perhaps more traditional agents. Therefore, it goes without saying I would absolutely recommend Check 4 Houses. Thank you!’

After such a demanding year we will be taking a few days off over Christmas. The offices will be closing on Thursday 24th December and reopening on Monday 4th January. We are expecting the first six months of the year to be extremely busy, as they are always a popular time to buy and sell houses, but given the stamp duty holiday is due to expire on 31st March 2021, we expect it to be even busier – And of course, we’ll be raring to go!

If you’re looking to sell your home in 2021 then please give us a call on 01252 819725. We would be delighted to give you a free valuation of your property as well as talk you through our competitive pricing options, personal service and price match guarantee. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Check 4 Houses.