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- Branch Partner 
    Nick has been working within Estate Agency for 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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    Darren Pilton - Mortgage Adviser
    Darren joined Wilkie May & Tuckwood in 2018 and comes with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Darren has lived in the Somerset area for all his life, so is well equipped in helping you buy your new home. From finding a property, obtaining the best mortgage deal, saving you money on your home and life insurance, Darren, completely independent, specialises in first time purchases, home movers, remortgages, buy to let, bridging finance, capital raising, shared ownership, shared equity and section 106 property.
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    Testimonials from Sellers

    • Seller Testimonial

      Wilkie May & Tuckwood provided a tailored and personalized service which fulfilled my needs as both seller and landlord. I felt that the 'ball was never in their court' because of the efficient way in which they liaised with solicitors. They could not have processed the sale of my property in a more efficient way, 'actioning what needed to be actioned' without delay. An experienced and professional team. Thank you .

      Mr Pollard
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      Selling our house through Wilkie May & Tuckwood was such an easy experience and sold within a day! The team were so friendly and helpful and we really couldn't have asked for a better service. He was informative and helped me through a lot of the process as I have never sold a property before. I cannot recommend this company enough, local, friendly and amazing service. 

      Mr & Mrs Lane :)
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      I have bought and sold through Wilkie May and Tuckwood a few times in the past, and would do so again. I have found you professional, helpful and patient, answering all of my questions promptly and keeping me well informed. I would highly recommend you.
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      'We have been more than happy with experience with Wilkie May and Tuckwood. All the staff were very professional and helpful, they made selling our property easy and a lot less stressful

      Ms Bawden
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      We are so relieved that contracts have at last been exchanged and completed on Grebe Court. As you know this has been a very stressful,long and difficult sale.Throughout the many months of delays and problems,( none of which were down to you) we cannot fault your service in any way. Whenever I called there was always someone to answer a query and someone always phoned back when the need arose. We have been kept informed at all times. We would recommend you to anyone and are most grateful for all your help and patience.

      Mr & Mrs Bates
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      I would like to thank all of the team for your immediate help and support throughout the whole process of selling my property. Your response has been second to none and you have gone above and beyond when dealing with requests and chasing updates. I would highly recommend Wilkie May & Tuckwood to anyone thinking of selling their property and I will be sure to use you in the future if the time arises.

      Miss Mesher
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