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Wilkie May & Tuckwood - Bridgwater
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    Wilkie May and Tuckwood is an independent agent with eight offices in Somerset and Devon.

    The expanding Bridgwater branch prides itself on its professional approach to customer satisfaction by providing a dedicated and reliable service. We focus on managing your house sale smoothly and efficiently. Our staff are caring, friendly and approachable and you can expect the best possible service from them.

    If you're looking for a little more from your Agent call us today for an up to date market review.

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    Nick Hale - Branch Partner
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    Having worked in Bridgwater for over a quarter of a century and spent many happy years of my youth in the delightful village of Enmore the expansion I have witnessed of Bridgwater is phenomenal. EDF, Morrisons, Muller Wisemans Dairy and Gerber have all expanded in the area helping to create jobs and a vibrant community. This has resulted in a large number of new housing developments including Stockmoor Village, Wilstock Village, Northern Distibutor Road and the most recent of all at Kings Down. Bridgwater offers something for everyone - a busy Retail Park plus shopping precinct, primary schools, four secondary schools - two of which have been re-built to incorporate two state of the art 1610 sports centres one with a swimming pool - restaurants and a cinema. To help with the ever expanding community Bridgwater has a new hospital, located on the east side of the town. Bridgwater has a rich and colourful history, not least for the association with the Duke of Monmouth and the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685 and of course, is home to the largest illuminated street carnival in Europe. The town is sheltered to the west by the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where many rural pursuits are enjoyed including rambling, sailing at Durleigh reservoir, fly fishing at Hawkridge reservoir. We also boast a well-established 18 hole Enmore Park golf club with its imposing mock Tudor club house and practice grounds. The close by village of Cannington also enjoys an 18 hole golf course with new members welcome. The Bridgwater and Taunton canal offers an excellent cycle route and has the Somerset Space Walk which depicts our Solar System as a true scale model and runs the entire 15 mile (22 km) length of the Canal. If you do not feel energetic you can always enjoy the tea garden at the lock. Bridgwater offers main line links via Bridgwater Railway Station with trains to the north, south and London. There are two M5 motorway junctions allowing convenient commuter and leisure access to Bristol, Taunton and the south coast together with a regular superfast coach service to London. The international airports at Bristol and Exeter are both accessible within an hour from our town.
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5 Steps to Selling
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    Step 1 - An accurate market appraisal

     

    How much is your home worth? It's vital to get an accurate valuation so the best possible price is achieved. And no one is better qualified than Wilkie May & Tuckwood to provide precisely that - thanks to our unmatched knowledge of the local property market.

    All it takes is a quick call and leave the rest to our friendly and utterly professional team.

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    Step 2 - Marketing your home

     

    Naturally, we use all available means to make sure your home reaches the largest possible number of potential buyers - from local property publications, through the leading home sale websites, to national press. 

    Once we've started marketing, our state-of-the-art technology goes to work matching suitable buyers to your home. But at Wilkie May & Tuckwood we're great believers in the human touch, so we'll carefully register and check all applicants, to ensure that they are serious potential buyers who won't waste your time.

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    Step 3 - Viewings

    Taking care to match the right people to the right property makes it much more likely that a viewing will lead to a sale. So does the fact that our enthusiastic and incredibly hard working people know exactly how to show off your home to its best advantage. 


    With Wilkie May & Tuckwood, it really is all about you - and we'll stop at nothing to do the best possible job on your behalf.

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    Step 4 - Agreeing the sale

    When we receive an offer for your home, we'll liaise between you and the buyer until a price is agreed. This may include fixtures and fittings. And, at this point, we'll also be looking to agree a projected time-frame for exchange of contracts and completion of the sale.


    If you're buying a new place, we'll also contact the estate agent concerned to find out about the state of the chain.

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    Step 5 - Instructing solicitors

    At this stage, we'll need your solicitor's details. It's very important for you to supply these promptly,since the transaction can't start until both buyer's and seller's solicitors have been instructed. 

    We have a number of local solicitors that we recommend, that we're used to working closely together with, which can speed up the conveyancing process dramatically. Please let us know if you'd like a quotation.

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5 Steps to Buying
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    • Step 1 - Think about your needs

     

    Once you have decided to buy, it is crucial that you understand what you require of your new home. 

    It would be useful to decide on the one main reason for your move as this will drive your search. 

    If you are borrowing funds, or porting an existing mortgage, Wilkie May & Tuckwood Mortgage Services Ltd can provide expert, independent advice and information on the costs involved in buying property, obtaining the most suitable mortgage for your needs, and protecting your home and family for the future.

     
    Choose a solicitor. Again, Wilkie May & Tuckwood would be confident in recommending a host of local solicitors for you to use.

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    • Step 2 - How to find a house

    Check the online property portals as well as our own Wilkie May & Tuckwood website. These are updated on a daily basis. Keep an eye on the local newspapers, take note of newly erected For Sale boards or visit us in the office. 

    We know our seller's situation and properties extremely well and we will be able to match you to suitable properties.

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    • Step 3 - Viewing a property

    At this stage it is important to re-evaluate your requirements and compare the properties you are viewing against this list. Consider the interior, exterior, neighbouring properties and the local area. 

    Picture how you would use the space. Where would your furniture go, and is there enough storage? 

    Don't worry if you are not able to assess the physical condition of the property at first instance as a survey will tell you more.

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    • Step 4 - Making an offer

    This is possibly the most delicate part of the house buying process. Don't be afraid to ask us for advice, it is our job to negotiate this deal. 

    Consider factors affecting the price you are prepared to pay for any one particular property such as the location, condition, the situation of the seller and also think about what the market is currently doing. 

    Once an agreeable offer has been accepted, Wilkie May & Tuckwood Mortgage Services Ltd can provide expert, independent advice on arranging the most suitable mortgage, and arranging a survey on the property, alternatively speak to your nominated mortgage company. A solicitor should be chosen to act on your behalf at this stage.

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    • Step 5 - Conveyancing process

    The solicitors of the sellers and buyers now perform a set of legal tasks, known as conveyancing, to transfer ownership of land and property from seller to buyer. During this process it is the responsibility of the buyer's solicitor to investigate and inform the buyer and buyer's mortgage company of the legal aspects of the property. 


    The seller's solicitor will prepare a draft contract of sale and send this to the buyer's solicitor. The seller will be asked to complete a Property Information Form (which gives important information about the property) and a Fixtures and Fittings Form (outlining what is included in the sale) which is forwarded to the buyer's solicitor. The buyer's solicitor may amend the contract or raise additional enquiries of the seller's solicitor based on the information in the contract or the Title information. The buyer's solicitor may also request any warranties for work undertaken (such as new windows) or evidence of planning consents. The buyer's solicitor will also order from a search provider a range of appropriate searches for things such as planning issues, environmental concerns or flooding. 


    The buyer's solicitor will draw up a Transfer document to transfer ownership from seller to buyer. 


    Once the final mortgage offer has been received by the buyer's solicitor, searches have been analysed and any additional queries are resolved, the buyer's solicitor will report to the buyer on any issues. 


    Once the situation is accepted by the buyer and seller and any required insurances have been purchased, their respective solicitors will fix a completion date and exchange contracts. At this point a non-refundable deposit is paid and the parties have entered a legal contract. Completion occurs when the buyer has paid land registry fees and stamp duty, arranged insurance and the outstanding balance on the property is paid. We are informed when this has happened and at that stage able to release the keys for collection by the buyer. The estate agent is paid by the seller's solicitor from the proceeds of the sale.

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Additional Information and Services
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    Energy Performance Certificates (EPC'S)

    If you are buying or selling a home you need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) by law given current legislation. EPCs are required whenever a building is built, sold or rented out. The certificate provides 'A' to 'G' ratings for the building, with 'A' being the most energy efficient and 'G' being the least, with the average up to now being 'D'. 


    Accredited energy assessors produce EPCs alongside an associated report which suggests improvements to make a building more energy efficient. Wilkie May & Tuckwood will be able to help you arrange an EPC with an accredited energy assessor, just call any of our offices for more information.


    Energy Performance Certificates - what they tell you

    EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures were put in place. 

    EPCs also provide a detailed recommendation report showing what you could do to help reduce the amount of energy you use and your carbon dioxide emissions. 

    What an EPC looks like


    Information about energy efficiency and carbon emissions is summarised in two charts that show the energy and carbon dioxide emission ratings. The charts look similar to those supplied on electrical appliances, like fridges and washing machines.

    How to get an EPC

    Wilkie May & Tuckwood will be able to help you arrange an EPC with an accredited energy assessor, just call any of our offices for more information. 

    Which buildings need an EPC


    An EPC is required when a building is constructed, rented or sold. A building will need an EPC if it has a roof and walls and uses energy to 'condition an indoor climate'. This means it has heating, air conditioning or mechanical ventilation. 


    Which buildings don't need an EPC 

    The following buildings don't need an EPC when they are built, rented or sold: 
    • places of worship 

    • temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years 

    • standalone buildings with total useful floor area of less than 50 square metres that aren't used to provide living accommodation for a single household 

    • industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that don't use a lot of energy 

    *Information correct as 2nd February 2011

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Our Team
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    NICK HALE has been working within Estate Agency for almost three decades, starting in Bridgwater as a junior negotiator before gaining further experience within the Somerset region in various roles up to Manager status. Nick is well known and respected within the profession and is sought and trusted by clients who value his wide expertise. When Wilkie May and Tuckwood expanded into Bridgwater in 2011, Nick was the obvious candidate to run the office as a Branch Partner. Nick says his new role in Bridgwater is a natural move as it is a town he knows well and he is excited about the many new businesses coming to Bridgwater as these have helped bring considerable new residential development and prosperity to the town.
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    NICKY PHILLIPS brought with her a wealth of experience and knowledge when she joined the Bridgwater office of Wilkie May & Tuckwood in 2011 having worked locally in the Estate Agency business for over 25 years. Nicky not only values properties but performs an important role in the Office as a Sales Chain Checker. This involves liaising with clients and solicitors, helping to ensure that contracts are exchanged as quickly and hassle free as possible.
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    ELLA ROLES has been in the Estate Agency business since leaving college 4 years ago and joined Wilkie May and Tuckwood's Sales team in 2012. She has a keen interest in photography and takes pride in producing many of the images of clients' houses for the window display and property details. Ella's enthusiasm and ability to strike up a rapport with vendors and purchasers alike has made her an invaluable member of the team.
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    RYAN WERNER joined Wilkie May and Tuckwood Estate Agents to strengthen the current sales team with a wealth of local knowledge. Having lived in Bridgwater all of his life and educated at Haygrove school with great results, Ryan knows many local people and so much about the benefits of living in the town itself. His passion and enthusiasm for both the local area and for property making a winning combination.
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    ANN COWLEY has worked with Nick Hale over many years and was delighted to be invited to join Nick again at the recently opened Bridgwater branch of Wilkie May & Tuckwood in 2011. Ann brings with her an exceptional knowledge of the buying and selling process having worked for other estate agents and in the legal profession where she specialised in family law. Ann ensures the smooth running of the office and updates the Company and National property websites on a daily basis.
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    JANET MARCHINE is a part time member of the Sales Team at Bridgwater, often working at weekends on accompanied viewings. Janet has sold more properties than many agents in town as she has worked with Nick and other Estate Agents for over 20 years and also as a New-House Sales representative. Janet is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and a great asset to the business.
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    VANESSA MILROY is also a part time member of the Wilkie May and Tuckwood Sales Team and is well known in the town having been an A level Tutor at Bridgwater College in Accounting and Economics. Vanessa's "people skills" have easily transferred to Estate Agency where she has a peripatetic role in the Sales Office handling accompanied viewings and site meetings.
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