Wilkie May & Tuckwood - Taunton
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    David McCaffrey - Associate Partner
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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.


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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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    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

    Testimonials from Buyers

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      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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