Christmas Hamper Competition

Check 4 Houses have an exciting giveaway this December!

To give thanks and spread a little Christmas cheer to our fab local community – this December, we’re running a free Christmas Competition for everyone to enter!!

We’re giving one lucky person a chance to win a fabulous Christmas Hamper filled with some amazing Christmas food and drink treats worth over £65!!

Want to enter?

You have until 4 pm Tuesday 14th December 2021 to enter. To be successfully entered into the prize draw, the entrant must do the following:

  1. Like the competition post
  2. Comment on the post by tagging a friend.
  3. Share the competition post
  4. And most importantly, 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 Tuesday 14th December 2021. Entries after the time will not be accepted.
  • One winner will be chosen at random by an employee of Check 4 Houses and contacted through Facebook.
  • If the winner does not accept the prize 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.
  • 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 in 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.


Get your home ready for Christmas with our five simple steps

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and if you’re anything like the Check 4 Houses team this weekend, you would have been busy getting into the Christmas spirit early. From delving into the loft, hunting out the Christmas tree and dusting off those Christmas lights to venturing out to your favourite place to buy the real deal ready to decorate and spread some early festive cheer. But how far do you go when it comes to getting your home ready for Christmas? Sometimes just putting up a tree is not enough – we’re on hand to offer some simple advice to help add a little Christmas sparkle to your home this December.

Dec those halls

Having a well-decorated hallway creates a great first impression of your home. As the first area that people step into, it’s vital to ensure your home welcomes people instantly, and what better way to do it with some beautiful Christmas decor. If you’re in the process of selling your home, we would advise you to keep things simple, think less overbearing Santa’s grotto, instead try a few well-placed accent Christmas pieces.

Stuck for ideas, why not start with dressing the stairs in the hallway with a classic garland. The trick to creating a beautiful stair garland is to layer it up. Twirl the garland around the newel post at the bottom of the stairs or thread the garland through the bottom of the balustrades. Start with a green faux foliage base, intertwine fairy lights, and then embellish with your chosen Christmas colour theme. We love the traditional festive palette of green leaves, red holly berries and gold baubles, but you can choose whichever colours you like. Go one step further by adding handmade dried oranges, pumpkinos, cinnamon sticks and orange slices to create a gorgeous Christmassy smell when people walk in.

Find your yuletide style

Just like home trends change every year, so do Christmas decoration trends, and this year is no exception. Traditional greens, reds and golds are here to stay, but this year has seen the emergence of a range of different colourways to suit different tastes.

If you’re a fan of luxurious deep hues, why not try deep forest green, rich plums, and flashes of gold. Or if you like something a little lighter, why not try shimmering shades of blush, icy blue or frosted white, swapping your usual tinsel for stems of pampas grass, luxurious candles, faux-fur and natural textiles. If this sounds a little tame for you, bright colours can still work, think luxe vibes, with pops of neon pink, yellow, and teal interspersed with funky artwork, comfy Christmas inspired cushions set on a cosy armchair in front of fire alongside a twinkly fairy light stacked log feature.

Take cosy Christmas chic to the bedroom

Usually, Christmas decorations are confined to downstairs, but why? Let’s brighten up the whole house after-all Christmas house guests or even prospective home buyers are not restricted to downstairs, so it makes sense to add a few Christmassy touches to your upstairs too. And it’s simple to achieve, change your bedsheets to noel-inspired ones, or even add a festive throw on top of your existing bed linen. Add a real Christmas tree to an unused corner, a few winter candles, oversized baubles to bedposts and scattered eucalyptus posies and garlands to the landing bannisters.

Perfect the art of holiday tablescaping

Tablescaping, yes that’s right, it’s a word, and a very up and coming popular trend indeed. Considered a must-have for hosts wishing to create the perfect Christmas backdrop and ambience, tablescaping is the art of creating a picture-perfect table, usually combining a centrepiece with individual place settings. At Christmas, tablescaping gets elevated to the highest level, with people opting to spend hours putting together the perfect scene. People choose a specific colour scheme, matching their tablecloths, napkins, and placemats. Fancy having a go, start with a centrepiece and work out from there. Choose complementary colours for embellishments like candlesticks and candles, glassware and cutlery and match up your napkins and tablecloth. We love a scandi look – think natural wood, forest green, foliage, with subtle sparkly silver placemats and iridescent glassware.

Create a festive focal point

Since lockdown, home bars have taken off, and it’s not a trend that’s going away. A great addition to a Christmas Soiree, a home bar can be as big or as small as you like. Transform a shelf or sideboard, repurpose an old cabinet or go all out by buying a stylish art deco drinks trolley, especially good if you’re short of space. Aside from housing an array of wines, spirits, mixers to get the party started, they look stylish, a focal part of a room, embellish your bar with fairy lights, pretty glassware and bar accessories, or adorn with a few sprigs of holly, or a eucalyptus garland.

We hope we’ve given you some great ideas to help get your home ready for Christmas. If you’re thinking of selling your home this Christmas, we can help you with this too. Why not get ahead of the New Year rush. The number of post-Christmas home buyers browsing for properties on Rightmove increases every year. Last year visits on Boxing Day were 54% higher than the year before. We market your property on many of the UK’s leading property websites, ensuring that your house will be seen by millions of potential buyers every month.

At Check 4 Houses, we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot, Basingstoke, Camberley, Yateley, Farnham and beyond. We deliver a genuine, reliable and professional house selling service for up to half the cost of a traditional high street agent. We can sell your home from just £899 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 to find out more, and we would be delighted to arrange a free, no-obligation valuation of your home.

Stamp Duty Holiday has come to an End – What do I pay now?

On the 30th of September, the Stamp Duty holiday came to an end in England and Northern Ireland. The tax savings were introduced in July 2020 by the Chancellor to stimulate economic activity by boosting transactions in the housing market, offsetting the anticipated effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

It’s thought that hundreds and thousands of home buyers have benefited from the tax cut since it began in 2020. In July 2021, the Government announced a tapered end to the stamp duty holiday, reducing the amount buyers could save with home buyers paying no stamp duty on homes priced at or below £250,000. On the 1st of October, the stamp duty holiday officially ended with tax rates returning to normal as per the rates pre-covid.

Stamp Duty Rates from 1st October 2021

From 1st October homeowners will have to pay stamp duty on all purchases above £125,000. If you’re buying a main property, you won’t pay any stamp duty on the portion of the property priced at or below £125,000.

  • £0 – £125,000 =0%
  • £125,001 – £250,000 =2%
  • £250,001 – £925,000 =5%
  • £925,001 – £1,500,000 =10%
  • £1,500,001+ =12%

If you buy a property for £250,000, you’ll get the first £125,00 tax-free and then will pay 2% tax on the remaining portion. For properties worth between £250,001 – £925,000, you’ll pay 5% tax, increasing to 10% tax for properties priced £925,001 – £1,500,000, and if you spend over £1,500,000, you’ll pay 12% stamp duty tax.

Therefore if you’re buying a home for £300,000, the stamp duty will be calculated as follows: 0% on the first £125,000, 2% on the next £125,000 = £2,500, then 5% of the final £50,000 = £2,500, giving you the grand total stamp duty payable in the sum of £5,000. It’s worth noting that stamp duty rates are higher for those buying a second home – click here for further information on this.

If you would like to work out how much SDLT to pay, the government provides a handy SDLT calculator found on their website below:

I’m a first-time buyer – is stamp duty tax payable?

If you’re a first-time buyer in England and Northern Ireland, you will not have to pay any stamp duty tax on property priced at or below £300,000. However, first-time buyers will pay 5% on a property, or the portion of a property, priced between £300,001 and £500,000. For first homes priced above £500,000 – you won’t be eligible for a saving, and normal stamp duty rates will apply.

  • £0 – £300,000 = 0%
  • £300,001 to £500,000 = 5%

If you’re looking to get your property on the market, Check 4 Houses would be delighted to help. We’re a reliable and experienced local online agent, offering everything a traditional high street agent would and more, including unbeatable pricing options starting from as little as £899 + VAT or low 0.5% + VAT selling fee.

If you would like to arrange a FREE no-obligation valuation or would like to find out more about what we do, contact us on 01252 819725.

The non-negotiables – Brits top 20 must-haves when buying a home revealed

According to recent research conducted by Barclays Mortgages, house hunters cited double glazing, central heating and outdoor space as the three top features they weren’t willing to go without when purchasing a home. With half of Brits discarding a property altogether if it has three or more dislikeable features.

It’s a well-known fact that homebuyers will live in an average of five properties in their lifetime. This experience has given people across the UK a strong sense of what makes a house a home and what doesn’t. Barclays Mortgages new study reveals that Brits in today’s market are using this knowledge to drive the hunt for their next property with the list of non-negotiables.

The buyer’s non-negotiable list has an average of five features and amenities on it and holds the power to make or break the sale. Over a third of Brits are not willing to make an offer on a house if it doesn’t have one of their must-haves, and a further 36% would reduce their offer. However, if the property had everything they wanted, they would pay up to 10% over the asking price.

With an average property in the UK valued at £254,624², the cost of ticking those non-negotiable boxes is a massive £25,462. This figure increases to £50,924 for first-time buyers as 46% of those surveyed were happy to pay up to 20% over the asking price for a house that had it all.

The top 20 non-negotiables when purchasing a home:

  • Double glazed windows
  • Central heating
  • Outdoor space
  • Driveway/or parking spaces included
  • A lot of natural light
  • Downstairs Toilet
  • A spare bedroom
  • Radiators
  • Good storage options
  • Garage
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Energy efficient home
  • Bath tub
  • Separate toilet and shower
  • Power shower
  • A separate utility room
  • Letterbox
  • Entrance hallway
  • New/recent boiler
  • Tiled bathroom

Barclays research also found homeowners are willing to compromise to a certain point, however almost half (49%) drew the line at three features they didn’t like.

The top three biggest turn-offs for buyers:

  • Carpeted bedrooms(21%)
  • Single glazed windows (21%)
  • Wierd layout(20%)

Leading Mortgage expert at Barclays – Claire Macphail commented, “Buying a home is a huge step. Whether you’re getting on the property ladder for the first time, remortgaging, or looking for your forever home, it’s important to know what your non-negotiables are and where there’s a bit more flex in your preferences. Our research has shown that many Brits are already well on the way to knowing exactly what they do and don’t want in their next home. Thinking about your non-negotiables before starting the search for a new home can make the process more focussed and save you time.”

The mortgage expert provides four top tips for finding a home:

Make a list and stay focussed – There are a number of things to keep track of when buying a home. To help you stay on track, make a list of all of your non-negotiables; splitting into ‘must have’, ‘nice to have’ and ‘flexible’, so you don’t get distracted when on your property search.

Look at the home as a whole – When looking around a property, be open minded. Remember, a property can be anything you want it to be, so don’t focus on what the rooms currently are, and instead think about what the home can bring. Remember, you can always move things around when you’re in.

Your preferences may change, and that’s ok – Over the time it takes to find your dream home, your circumstances may shift. Something that might initially have been non-negotiable for you, may no longer be the case in your next home, and vice versa.

Stick with your gut – You’ll know when you’ve found ‘the one’. While there may be things you would prefer to have or not have, trust the feeling you get when you envisage living there and making the house a home.

To get the most out of the house-hunting process and find a property within budget, we believe that you need to be realistic about what must-haves you make a priority and which must-haves to compromise on. From experience, some of the most important factors home buyers consider include location, size of the property, i.e number of bedrooms and garden size. Ready to test out your non-negotiables list – Check 4 Houses can help you make the right move.

We go out of our way to provide you with the best advice and guide you through the whole selling process. With the knowledge of a local high street agent but the costs of an online estate agent, Check 4 Houses can sell your home for just £899 + VAT or 0.5% + VAT and save you thousands. For advice or a free valuation of your home, please give us a call on 01252 819725 – we’d be delighted to help.

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:

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!!

Listen to the podcast

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.


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


  • 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


  • 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.