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    Wilkie May & Tuckwood

    Founded in the early 1990's by three local businessmen, Wilkie May & Tuckwood have grown to become one of Somerset & Devon's leading independent estate agents. With eight offices throughout the region we offer a wide range of residential and commercial services including estate agency, lettings, valuations, auctioneering and surveying. We are committed to offering the best possible service to our clients, making the moving process as stress-free as possible.

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    The Lettings Team:

    The Residential Lettings office is led by Darren Swain and Kate Scargill, both Residential Letting Partners. Between them and their dedicated team they have over 60 years experience in the property industry. Helping run the busy office are Hayley Lapthorne Lettings Administrator, Heather Risdon Senior Lettings Negotiator and Jemma Marke Senior Accounts Assistant. The Lettings department pride themselves on running a proactive and professional office and invite you to contact them to discuss any aspect of Residential Lettings. Due to increasing business the Lettings department has recently expanded into a new office.

    Our Location:

    Located just off the bottom of High Street within the centre of the County town of Taunton the Lettings Office is situated within the main building with access provided from Castle Bow.

    Our service promise to you...

    • At all times you will be treated with courtesy and honesty

    • Enquiries are professionally handled by friendly and trained staff

    • Should the agent be unavailable your details will be noted and your call promptly returned

    • All communications will be treated in the strictest confidence

    • All e-mails will be responded to quickly and efficiently

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General Information for Landlords
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    Assured Shorthold Tenancy
    The Housing Act 1988 introduced the Assured Shorthold Tenancy, which enabled Landlords to let a property without fear of not being able to recover possession whether your property is unfurnished or furnished.
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    Letting Period

    This will depend upon the following factors:

    • The dates you will require the property for your own use.

    • An Assured Shorthold Tenancy enables any length of tenancy to be offered. However it will often not be in your best interests to offer a very short tenancy due to re-letting costs and also if your tenant decides not to vacate after say a 3 month lease, a court will not issue proceedings until 6 months from the start date of the tenancy has expired.

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    Tenants
    It is in your interests that care is taken in selecting a tenant. This results in many applicants being rejected without showing them a property. When letting the tenant will be living in your property. This makes it important to be selective.
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    Our Policy

    We will not normally accept an instruction to look for a tenant where another agent is appointed. Rushing against another agent to find a tenant cannot be in the best interests of a landlord.

    If we are not aware that another agent is involved then we may make tentative offers to tenants resulting in them releasing themselves from other housing commitments. The result may be the withdrawal of these offers due to another agency finding another tenant and as such causing unnecessary distress to all parties concerned. An agent has the power to act on your behalf. The importance of housing requires there to be clear instructions and parameters to work to.

    If you instruct us to act on your behalf, it will be on the basis that we are the sole agent. This is unless we have specifically agreed to another arrangement.

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    Selecting Tenants

    The type of tenant is dependent on the type of property offered. In addition, you are able to specify the criteria that a tenant needs to meet. As your agent we place emphasis on the quality of the tenant as well as the amount of rent charged. A tenant's suitability for the individual property is checked in addition to their financial capability.

    Many of the larger companies in the area have a continual demand for accommodation for their staff. In some cases we can arrange for the company to take up the tenancy or guarantee rent.

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    Type of Tenancy

     

    All properties are let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy for a six-month period unless otherwise stated. All rental figures are exclusive of council tax, water rates and utility bills. Where there are joint tenants all parties, including husband and wife, must be named on all agreements.

    Please note that having Contents Insurance is a compulsory condition of taking a property and we will require written confirmation that you have Contents Insurance in place before we allow you to sign a Tenancy Agreement. Please see attached leaflet.

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    Rent and deposit

     

    All rents are payable in advance, usually by standing order mandate. A deposit of an amount equal to one months rent will be required in advance to be held against damages, dilapidations, non-payment of rent etc and is returnable, less such deductions, after vacation at the end of the tenancy.

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    Application for a property

     

    All adults will be named on the tenancy agreement and will therefore be fully and jointly liable for the property. A letting fee is payable upon completion of the form and the property is then held in reserve for you until we are able to confirm whether or not a tenancy may be offered. This letting fee covers the administration costs for the tenancy plus the referencing for one applicant. If there is more than one applicant or a guarantor is required an additional fee is payable.

    Please note that a property cannot be held in reserve for you until the fee has been paid. The signing of an application form does not commit the agents or the Landlord to granting you a tenancy. Please note that we do not accept cards for the application fee. This must be paid in cash or cheque and a receipt will be given.

    If your application is unsuccessful due to unsatisfactory references or you withdraw your application then the fee will not be refunded to you. It will be refunded however if the property is withdrawn at any time, less administration costs. Please note that the referencing costs cannot be refunded once the application has been processed.

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    References

     

    We obtain references via a reputable Credit Referencing Agency. They carry out a credit search, employer reference, landlord reference (if any) and character reference.

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    Signing of the tenancy

     

    This usually takes place on the first day of the tenancy at our offices. On or before this date you will be required to make an advance payment of rent plus a deposit of no less than one months rent will be required. These monies must be paid to us in cash, Bankers Draft or Building Society cheque. We are happy to provide you with our bank details if you wish to pay by direct transfer. Thereafter rent is payable monthly in advance by standing order mandate either direct to ourselves or to Landlord dependant on whether we are managing the property or not.

    Inspections              

    You will be informed when your tenancy begins whether we are providing a management service or whether you will deal direct with your Landlord. As Managing Agents we carry out visits to the property on behalf of the Landlord. The first one is carried out 4 - 6 weeks after you move in and thereafter every quarter.

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The Team
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    The Residential Lettings office is led by Darren Swain and Kate Scargill, both Residential Letting Partners. Between them and their dedicated team they have over 60 years experience in the property industry. Helping run the busy office are Hayley Lapthorne Lettings Administrator, Heather Risdon Senior Lettings Negotiator and Jemma Marke Senior Accounts Assistant. The Lettings department pride themselves on running a proactive and professional office and invite you to contact them to discuss any aspect of Residential Lettings.
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Taunton
Winchester House, Corporation Street,
Taunton,
TA1 4AJ
Buying: 01823 298029  Local call rate
Letting: 01823 298030  Local call rate
Lettings: 01823 354644  Local call rate
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Bridgwater
34 St. Mary Street,
Bridgwater,
TA6 3LY
Buying: 01278 289001  Local call rate
Cullompton
26 High Street,
Cullompton,
EX15 1AA
Buying: 01884 689003  Local call rate
Minehead
7 Park Street,
Minehead,
TA24 5NQ
Buying: 01643 666002  Local call rate
Watchet
9 Swain Street,
Watchet,
TA23 0AB
Buying: 01984 567004  Local call rate
Wellington
27 High Street,
Wellington,
TA21 8QT
Buying: 01823 298031  Local call rate
Wiveliscombe
11 High Street,
Wiveliscombe,
TA4 2JX
Buying: 01984 567001  Local call rate

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Winchester House, Corporation Street,
Taunton,
TA1 4AJ

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Letting: 01823 298030  Local call rate
Lettings: 01823 354644  Local call rate

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Wilkie May & Tuckwood - Taunton
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    As I sit at my office desk and look out at the busy town centre I think to myself there cannot be many better county towns in England than this West Country treasure. It draws people from all walks of life and the town acts as a hub centre for a considerable catchment stretching into Devon and towards Minehead and Sedgemoor.

    Taunton is steeped in history and just behind our office will be found Taunton Castle which is listed Grade 1 by English Heritage, within which is housed the recently refurbished and celebrated museum. Close by is the bus station with regular services within Somerset and to London. Taunton also has a mainline station and the journey time to London is under two hours.

    The educational facilities in the town are exceptional with 3 independent schools and 4 secondary schools and the substantially revamped Musgrove Park General Hospital is the largest in Somerset with 700 beds, 30 wards and 15 operating theatres, many with state of the art facilities.

    The fact of the matter is that if you were to ask me whether a particular facility exists in Taunton, the answer would probably be yes, but I cannot finish without mentioning our much loved and well supported Somerset cricket club located right here in the centre of Taunton. The famous ground has the Quantocks hills in the background, and these provide one of the many recreational draws of the area for walkers, mountain bikers and nature lovers. All in all Taunton and its surroundings is a sociable, pleasant and sophisticated place to live.

    David

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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. 

     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. 

     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. 

    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. 

    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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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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    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.

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    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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    John Wrelton - Managing Partner
    Having started for well known independent West Country Estate Agents Gerald Probert in the late 1980's, John opened the Taunton office of Wilkie May & Tuckwood in the summer of 1991 working alongside the founding three partners Chris May, Bob Tuckwood and Ken Wilkie. Having worked at every level within local estate agency businesses from 'tea boy' to Managing Partner, John now advises on all aspects of property acquisition and sale along with portfolio management and specialist property advice. Based in the Taunton office though covering the whole region he is always contactable on the main office number.
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    David McCaffrey MNAEA - Associate Partner
    David joined Wilkie May & Tuckwood in 1999 on a Youth Training Scheme and has been with the company ever since. During Davids 14 years with Wilkie May & Tuckwood he has worked solely in the Taunton office where he has gained a wealth of property experience and local knowledge.
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    Stuart O'Donnell - Senior Negotiator
    Stuart joined the company in September 2007 as a negotiator having come from a sales background, working as an Area Sales Manager for a national retail company. Stuart wanted more interaction with the public and felt his skills could be better used in estate agency where meeting people and matching them to their perfect home is a role in which he could excel. Stuart is now the Senior Negotiator in the Taunton office with a prodigious work-rate and the keynote of "Going the Extra Mile" to help clients and purchasers alike.
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    Lin Nightingill - Sales Negotiator
    Lin takes on the often unrecognised and unenviable role of sales progressor. Once a sale has been agreed, it is Lins role to ensure that it is progressed through to an exchange of contracts as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Having worked in the property industry for over 20 years, Lin's enthusiasm and willingness to help means she quickly gains the respect of both buyer and seller.
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    Rebecca Smith - Personal Assistant
    Rebecca has been with the team since September 2009 and within her time with the company has excelled in her role. Her main responsibilities are managing the administration of the office as well as liaising with buyers and sellers.
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Our Office Address Services Contact
Taunton
Winchester House, Corporation Street,
Taunton,
TA1 4AJ
Buying: 01823 298029  Local call rate
Letting: 01823 298030  Local call rate
Lettings: 01823 354644  Local call rate
Network Offices Address Services Contact
Bridgwater
34 St. Mary Street,
Bridgwater,
TA6 3LY
Buying: 01278 289001  Local call rate
Cullompton
26 High Street,
Cullompton,
EX15 1AA
Buying: 01884 689003  Local call rate
Minehead
7 Park Street,
Minehead,
TA24 5NQ
Buying: 01643 666002  Local call rate
Watchet
9 Swain Street,
Watchet,
TA23 0AB
Buying: 01984 567004  Local call rate
Wellington
27 High Street,
Wellington,
TA21 8QT
Buying: 01823 298031  Local call rate
Wiveliscombe
11 High Street,
Wiveliscombe,
TA4 2JX
Buying: 01984 567001  Local call rate

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Where we're active

Our Branch

Our Branch

Current Properties

Previously Marketed Properties

Note: Markers represent the centre of postcodes, not exact locations

Find us

Winchester House, Corporation Street,
Taunton,
TA1 4AJ

Telephone us

Buying: 01823 298029  Local call rate
Letting: 01823 298030  Local call rate
Lettings: 01823 354644  Local call rate

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Testimonials from Sellers

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    My wife and I have now used Wilkie May and Tuckwood Taunton on two occasions. We purchased our family home in December 2007 and sold the same property in December 2012.We were both really impressed with the professional approach all staff showed and the continued effort to get the house move complete before Christmas as we had requested.We were updated regularly and we were able to call, email and visit staff at the estate agents throughout the sell/buy period. Highly recommend

    Mr and Mrs Roper

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    friendly and professional attitude throughout

    I recently engaged Wilkie May Tuckwood to sell my house on the recommendation of friends. I was not disappointed, and a buyer was secured within a reasonable time frame, despite the difficult market conditions. The staff maintained a very positive, friendly and professional attitude throughout the prolonged negotiations, which resulted in an eventual completion. I would unhesitatingly recommend Wilkie May Tuckwood to anyone considering selling their home.

    Mr M.A.Tompsett

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    we would not hesitate to use them again

    We have recently used Wilkie, May & Tookwood for the first time and have been very impressed with the level of customer service, attention to detail and follow up they have consistently shown during the whole process of buying and selling. Their overall performance far exceeds what we have received in the past from some of their competitors, and we would not hesitate to use them again in the future, and also to recommend them to others.

    Mr & Mrs Dungworth

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    We wouldn't hesitate to recommend your services

    Thanks to all at Wilkie May & Tuckwood who were there every step of the way during our house move! You were always friendly, polite and professional. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend your services to others. 

     

    Mr & Mrs Green

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  • Buyer Testimonial

    The whole process was very smooth

    We have found exactly the house we were looking for, and thanks to Wilkie May and Tuckwood, we will soon be moving in! Our offer was accepted and solicitors informed very swiftly. We appreciated the fact that we always knew what stage of our purchase we were at as Lin Nightingill rang us regularly with updates, communication was excellent. The whole process was very smooth and progressed through to exchange of contracts very smoothly. All staff were professional and helpful and we can't thank them enough. We would recommend Wilkie May and Tuckwood to anyone looking for a hassle free move.

    Mr & Mrs Yeoell

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The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Wilkie May & Tuckwood, Taunton. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Wilkie May & Tuckwood, Taunton. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Wilkie May & Tuckwood, Taunton. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

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    Wilkie May & Tuckwood Founded in the early 1990's by 3 local businessmen, Wilkie May & Tuckwood have grown to become one of Somerset & Devon's leading independent estate agents. With 8 offices throughout the region we offer a wide range of residential and commercial services including estate agency, lettings, valuations, auctioneering and surveying. We are committed to offering the best possible service to our clients, making the moving process as stress-free as possible.

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Branch address

Winchester House, Corporation Street,
Taunton,
TA1 4AJ

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Buying: 01823 298029  Local call rate
Letting: 01823 298030  Local call rate
Lettings: 01823 354644  Local call rate
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