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Wilkie May & Tuckwood - Cullompton
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    Sharon Graham -  Manager
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    Cullompton is a small market town and a great place to work where I feel part of a friendly community. The town offers a good range of local amenities, Tesco and Aldi supermarkets, regular farmers market and a wide range of local independent shops and traders, including Local Butcher Veysey's with their award winning sausages. With junction 28 of the M5 lying close by to the east, Cullompton is particularly popular with those commuting to Exeter or Taunton, both less than 30 minutes drive.  Surrounding us there are some very attractive villages and local walks including some great pubs and of course the Blackdown Hills, recognised as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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    Cullompton is a friendly and interesting town with many historic buildings, including The Walronds in Fore Street, a Grade 1 Listed property which has been lovingly restored and is already a hub for community activity and hosts a wide range of events in both the garden and the house. There is also St Andrews Church which is also Grade 1 Listed and in fact there is always something going on for people of all ages. There are many sporting and recreational clubs including the Padbrook Golf and Country Hotel, rugby, football and cricket clubs.

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    One of the many reasons why people choose to live in the area is that house prices are more realistic and easier on the pocket. So do come and check us out and why not enjoy lunch or a coffee in the town and get a feel of what we already know. The team here at Wilkie May & Tuckwood look forward to one day meeting you. 

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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
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    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
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    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
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    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 
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    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
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    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.

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    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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    Sharon Graham MNAEA - Manager
    Sharon joined the company in 2015 and brings to the Cullompton office a strong enthusiasm for her work along with a wealth of invaluable local knowledge, having always lived within the Culm Valley. Sharon comes from an estate agency background and she enjoys building lasting relationships with our clients, always going the extra mile to ensure a first class service.
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    Claire Oliver - Junior Negotiator
    Claire joined the Cullompton team in July 2018 and has been an invaluable pro-active member of the team ever since. With 9 years of experience in customer service, Claire has excellent knowledge of the local area and enjoys providing an enthusiastic friendly service to our buyers and sellers.
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    Anna Hughes - Administrator
    Anna joined the company in August 2017 after graduating with a BA (Hons) in English Literature. She is responsible for the administration of the Cullompton office and she assists with conveyancing co-ordination, priding herself on her attention to detail and her friendly approachable attitude with our clients.
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    Lorraine Doherty - Weekend Negotiator
    Lorraine joined Wilkie May & Tuckwood in summer 2011 and does weekend viewings. She gets great job satisfaction from showing clients a wonderful variety of properties and at the same time, meeting all kinds of interesting people. Lorraine loves working with a friendly team, who really make the job enjoyable and worthwhile.
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    Testimonials from Sellers

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      In one word: Brilliant!
      Just a short note to inform you of our dealings with your staff at Cullompton branch office. In one word, Brilliant ! They have been helpful, courteous, efficient and always willing to go the extra mile. I would not hesitate to recommend them in the future. Many regards,
      Mr & Mrs Forster
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      Extremely pro-active
      Sharon made the whole process of selling my property really easy. We invited a few different estate agents over to value the property (including a well known online only agent) and by far Sharon's knowledge of the local area, current market trends and connections to potential buyers outweighed everyone else. She was extremely proactive with getting it on the market and her and the team communicated with us every step of the way. We were thrilled how quickly viewing appointments were arranged and got sensible offers within a week. I can't fault Wilkie May & Tuckwood and would recommend their service to anyone who wants a professional estate agent who really do care about results. Thanks to Sharon and the team for all their hard work.
      Miss S Aiken
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      I won't ever forget your kindness.
      I think it has taken me a few days for the news to actual sink in as it's been SUCH a long and turbulent journey, even prior to instructing you to sell the house in Uffculme. 
      Many years have passed with many estate agents 'on board'
      You have been pivotal in negotiations, support and kindness when things have been VERY difficult. I commend you on getting the sale completed and it has been all achieved with many parties in the chain and emotions running incredibly high. 
      Your professionalism and support has meant a great deal to me and my son. I will certainly be using you in future should I need to and have told my colleagues and friends how wonderful you both have been. 
      I cannot thank you enough and finally I am able to buy a new home after nine years of struggling to get this sorted you did it ladies!!!
      It's not just about providing a 'service' It's about communication, patience, sensitivity and care. Especially in a situation such as this you never faltered in terms of ensuring I was informed at all stages and treated with respect as an owner not living in the property.
      It meant the world to me and I won't ever forget your kindness.
      Miss A Timms
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      Thank you!
      I would like to say a big thank you to Sharon & Anna for their continued support in my recent transaction, I was regularly kept informed and felt they both went that extra mile to achieve my sale. A truly fantastic service which I will be recommending.
      Miss E Farmer
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      Excellent Service!
      Excellent Service from Sharon and Anna who went above and beyond to make the whole process of selling our house go as smoothly as possible. I was called and emailed frequently with updates which was great. It truly was a fantastic service and I would definitely recommend this company especially the Cullompton branch. Thank you all very much.
      Miss French
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      Top notch!
      This is the 3rd house I have sold via Wilkies and as usual, the service was top notch. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this agency to anyone looking for a professional and effective service. PS. Special thanks to Sharon who was excellent in every respect. Best regards
      Mr Edwards
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      Always professional and helpful
      A massive thank you to the Cullompton Wilkie May team who I haven't been dealing with for the purchase a sale of a property, always professional, helpful and willing to go the extra mile to help. A big thank you to Aimee & Sharon who have been so brilliant through the process. Will certainly be using Wilkie May for any future sales.
      Miss A Morton
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      Fantastic service
      This was the first time my husband and I had sold a house and both Sharon and Anna really went above and beyond to make the whole process go as smoothly as possible. I was called frequently with updates regarding viewings and feedback which was great. It truly was fantastic service and I will definitely be recommending to family and friends to use this company but especially the Cullompton branch.
      Mr & Mrs Jones

    Testimonials from Buyers

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      Highly recommended
      Sharon and the Wilkie May & Tuckwood team were most helpful and made the whole process of purchasing our home run smoothly. We were kept well informed, they always got back to us when we asked for assistance. Highly professional and friendly service, we would recommend them and certainly use them again.
      Mr & Mrs Barrett
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      We both found Sharon and the team very helpful before and after the property purchase. They were always willing to answer and questions we had and help us understand more as first time buyers! Thanks!
      Miss C Daniels
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      Highly delighted
      We have experienced many house sale and purchases during many years including some bad experiences with gazumping, and some indifferent agents. Our last recent sale and purchase through Sharon at Wilkie May & Tuckwood Cullompton office, whilst having some difficult circumstances on our purchase, Sharon and her team demonstrated genuine concern and patience along with a professional approach on all matters. It was pleasing to find such a genuine approach which helped to keep our chain together and hold the process to complete over a period of nine months.
      My wife and I were highly delighted to encounter such traditional values and thank Sharon personally for our positive outcome. We have no problem in recommending Wilkie May & Tuckwood Cullompton office under Sharon Graham to any of our family, friends and business associates.
      Mr & Mrs Isaac
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      Very happy, thanks!
      We found Sharon at Wilkie May & Tuckwood very helpful. She always kept us updated throughout the process, and we felt like we were never an inconvenience and Sharon was always happy to help us with what we needed.
      Mr & Mrs Hamilton
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      Certainly would use again
      I found Sharon and the team to be most helpful and professional in every way during the purchasing process. I would recommend Wilkie May & Tuckwood and would certainly use them again in the future.
      Mrs G Palmer
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