Wilkie May & Tuckwood - Watchet
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    Justin Harris - Branch Manager
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    Watchet is an historic harbour town situated on the West Somerset Coastline which served as an ancient shipping port for hundreds of years. Watchet is a hidden gem, with an active community that sees events all of types being organised voluntarily throughout the year for the benefit of not only the community but the many thousands of visitors who come here.

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    In recent years Watchet has seen a number of changes including some excellent property development, which has added to its attraction and quirkiness. With several cafes, and a number of goods pubs including the popular Pebbles Tavern which has won the CAMRA Cider Branch Pub of the year four years running, its easy to spend a day here relaxing. There is a recently opened Boat Museum detailing Watchet's past, The Marina, and a station for the West Somerset Steam Railway for those that want to take a trip back in time. There are also excellent links to local bus services that run to the seaside town of Minehead and the County town of Taunton.

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    Watchet is definitely a place to come and see and experience, and I'm sure like most who live here now, you will become hooked.

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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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    Justin Harris - Branch Manager
    Justin started out in Estate Agency at the age of 17 straight from school and now brings a wealth of experience to the Watchet Office having worked across West Somerset selling all types of residential and commercial property. Born here in West Somerset, Justin is a keen rugby player and if the sun is shining and he is not working, then you will find him out walking on the Quantocks and Exmoor.
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    Robyn Larcombe - Sales Negotiator
    Robyn started her career at Wilkie May & Tuckwood in August 2014 and was originally based in the Minehead Office where she excelled in creating great customer relationships and dealing with all aspects of estate agency. After a successful start in Minehead Robyn joined the Watchet team in December 2016. Having lived in West Somerset Robyn has a wealth of knowledge of the West Somerset area.
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    Eloise Goodall - Junior Negotiator
    Ellie is the newest member to the team at our Watchet branch joining us in 2018. She is looking to pursue a career in property after working with racehorses and eventers for the past four years.  Ellie grew up locally and now lives in Wiveliscombe. In her spare time she enjoys riding and socialising with friends.
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    Gill Hopkins - Weekend Negotiator 
    Gill is our Saturday member of staff joining us in 2018. Having left a career in dental nursing she has chosen a new direction in a career in property. Gill has just moved to the area from Kent and is enjoying discovering new places of interest.
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    Testimonials from Sellers

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      top of the estate agency tree
      Dear Justin, 
       We have the packers coming tomorrow and then we move and also complete on 20 September. Something that, at one stage, I doubted would ever happen. I know a shed load of shekels are headed your way, but we wanted to add a word of personal thanks to you, Emma and Robyn for the excellent and very professional job you did in selling Beulah. It all went remarkably smoothly despite the lawyers (!) and I guess you have demonstrated you reside comfortably at the top of the "estate agency Tree".

       Many thanks, Mark and Jeanette.
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      professional,kind ,helpful
      Justin and Robyn, at the Watchet office of Wilkie May and Tuckwood,are a great advert for their company and estate agents in general. They are professional,kind ,helpful,and understand the stress of buying and selling property. They were all prompt to keep me updated on developments and assisted in all aspects of the process. I would have no problem recommending them to anyone thinking of buying or selling property. 

       N M Macey
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      you were respectful and very empathetic
      Dear Justin I would like to Thank yourself and Robyn for the excellent way in which you conducted the sale of my mums house/ home, you were respectful and very empathetic to the nature of the situation ,whilst being quick and efficient. The support you have given me has been invaluable. Three properties you have either bought or sold for me . With each one I received consistently, professionalism and excellent communication. Many thanks Sian Collins.
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      Their communication was excellent
      Hi Justin, 

      I found the staff at Wilkie May and Tuckwood very efficient, supportive and helpful through each stage of the sale of my property. Their communication was excellent at all points, and the staff are friendly and a pleasure to deal with. If I am buying or selling a property in the future, I wouldn't hesitate to use this agency again. With regards Kally
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