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Wilkie May & Tuckwood - Watchet
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    Stuart O'Donnell - Branch Manager
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    On my drive into work I never tire of my first view of Watchet which nestles on the north coast of Somerset. I pass the church of St.Decumans which stands proud at the top of the hill, and as I drop down towards the town centre I am greeted with a lovely coastal view looking over the Bristol Channel to Wales. Many people's first impression of Watchet is the ever popular West Somerset Steam railway and the steam trains that chug out of the station then along the coast passing through attractive villages towards the Town of Minehead. Watchet's n arrow streets offer coffee and antique shops, convenience stores, and the very popular Market House Museum taking us back in history and showing Watchet through its fascinating past.

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    With the old meeting the new one can amble along the newly built marina and Esplanade which forms the backdrop overlooking the harbour full of sailing boats. This historic harbour dates back 1000 years and was raided by the Vikings. Watch out for the weekly local farmers market and the very popular annual events of the music festival and carnival held every July. Commercial boats offer off-shore fishing trips around the bay and the bronze statue of Yankee Jack keeps a careful eye on all the various attractions.

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    Newcomers to the town love the relaxed pace of life and the friendliness of local people always with a welcoming smile. As Watchet nestles close to the Quantock and Brendon Hills there are splendid long walks close by, either in the open countryside or along the mineral line which was once used to transport Iron Ore from high up in the Brendon Hills down to the Watchet Harbour, this is now a popular walk for local people.

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    There is a regular bus service to Taunton, the county town, and which is 17 miles away, with its main line rail and motorway connections.

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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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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.

    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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Additional Information and Services
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    Energy Performance Certificates (EPC'S)
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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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    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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    Stuart O'Donnell - Manager
    Stuart joined Wilkie May & Tuckwood some 8 years ago and was based in the Wellington Office. After a very successful time in Wellington he moved and joined the Taunton office becoming Senior Negotiator where he dealt will all aspects of estate agency and valuing. Now Branch Manager of the Watchet office Stuarts's philosophy is to work extremely hard for his clients giving friendly and honest advice along with excellent customer service. Stuart has extensive local knowledge of the West Somerset area where he acts for a wide variety of clients.
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    Mark North - Negotiator
    Mark is a great asset to the Watchet team as he was born and brought up on Exmoor and has an extensive knowledge of the local area. Mark has always been a "people person" having started his career in hotel hospitality in West Somerset, before joining the Wilkie May and Tuckwood's sales team, a job in which he excels. He is very enthusiastic, honest and straightforward with his advice and customer service gaining respect from both sellers and buyers. One thing is certain, clients visiting the office can be assured of Mark's big smile and warm welcome.
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    Emma Boulton - Weekend Assistant
    Emma joined the Watchet team in November 2014 as our weekend assistant and is known locally for renovating and then running The Bank House (B&B) on Swain Street. Emma has lived in West Somerset for most of the last 20 years and has a good knowledge of Watchet and the surrounding area. Emma has become an integral part of the team and has a keen interest in building, landscape history and design; her early career was in this field.
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    35 Swain Street,
    Watchet,
    Somerset,
    TA23 0AE

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    Buying: 01984 575002  Local call rate

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    Testimonials

    Testimonials from Sellers

    • Seller Testimonial

      great care and professionalism

      We would like to thank both Steven and Mark for the excellent service we received with the sale of our property, from your first visit to us and throughout the selling process; everything was carried out with great care and professionalism. At a stressful and anxious time for us, every time we made a call to the office or rang with updated information, they both always put our minds at rest and dealt with any queries we had. They always did what they said they would do. Because we have had many weeks to wait from the completion of our sale to the move to our new house, they also recommended to us someone for a holiday cottage to let which has proved to be very satisfactory. Once again many thanks to you both.

       Mr & Mrs Collins

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      Really impressed

      Really impressed with the quality of service provided by both Steven and Mark not only did they sell our house quickly but they were able to find us our dream home and help and advise us every step of the way. Thank you guys.

      Mr Palmer & Miss Coe

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      couldn't do enough for us

      My husband and I have been coming down to Watchet for many years hoping and looking for the right property. Sadly we missed out on a barn conversion but with the efforts of Steven and Mark they never gave up with our search when other agents did. We found their service to be efficient and not pushy in anyway; we felt they were very sympathetic with our needs and always listened to what we wanted and always went that extra mile which being in London was greatly appreciated. They couldn't do enough for us. We found them very friendly and courteous throughout the buying process and always keep us informed and updated. Thank you. If we were to move again we would certainly use them and recommend them.

      Mr & Mrs Richie

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      professional and friendly

      My wife and I purchased our new home from Wilkie May and Tuckwood and were very impressed with the professional and friendly approach adopted by both Steven and Mark. There were some difficulties further along the chain but there steady input made the process easier to bear. The bottle of bubbly and welcome card awaiting our arrival at the new house was the icing on the cake.

      Mr & Mrs White

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      always inspired confidence

      Having purchased a house through Wilkie May & Tuckwood in Watchet, I would like to take this opportunity to say how very impressed I was with the service I received. Both Steven and Mark, with whom I had contact, were very professional and helpful throughout the process. They were always happy to give up their own time regarding viewings outside working hours and were very patient and efficient when needed, not only in person but on the telephone also. The extremely pleasant manner of both was very much appreciated and always inspired confidence.

      Mr Clapham

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