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Getting your static caravan ready for sale

However much you love your static, there is likely to come a day when you will need to consider selling it.

Should you already be at that point, some of the following tips might prove useful in terms of helping you prepare for the sale and hopefully get an acceptable price too!

Do remember that even if your static home is for sale, you still need to keep it adequately insured with static caravan insurance until such time you pass over its ownership.

Remove any surface-level customisations

There is a slight risk of generalisation here but on the whole, private and trade buyers alike tend to prefer caravans that are as close as possible to the original specification.

The big exception to that is if you have installed some form of central heating or double glazing.

This is a judgment call because you don’t want to risk damaging your caravan by removing things you’ve done to it over the years or if what is underneath your modifications is in less than superb condition!

Make sure your caravan inside is perfectly clean and smelling the same.

This is not to suggest for one second that your caravan is either dirty or suffering from bad odours! It is simply recognising a fact of life that “lived-in smells” don’t always trigger the right psychological reaction in potential buyers.

For example, you may not even notice your pet’s smell any longer but if potential buyers do and they are not pet people, you going to struggle to sell to them.

There are plenty of products that will help you achieve the desired results.

Be sure your caravan is in good functional order – mechanically and electrically

Self-explanatory.

It’s never easy to sell a static caravan if you need to keep apologising for things that are not working.

Clean and polish external areas

Buyers are typically aware that older caravans may show some external signs of their age. That’s a different thing entirely though to saying they appreciate visible mud splatter, peeling paint and indications of rust.

Spend a bit of time and elbow grease on getting everything outside cleaned down, polished up and if necessary, repaired.

Avoid hassling viewers

This is more about mental than physical preparation but try to give people viewing your caravan the space to breathe while they are doing so.

Many potential buyers can be put off by people hovering at their elbow, attempting to show and describe every single nut and bolt.

You should, of course, make certain in advance that you have secured all valuables.

Check with your park

Some static caravan owners are unaware that their site may have a contractual right to be consulted as part of the sale and in some cases, even to approve a potential new buyer.

This is unlikely to be a problem but it’s an issue better dealt with in advance rather than at the time you are thinking about signing the sale paperwork.

Fix significant breakages inside

If you have a torn covering or split work surface (etc.), try to make sure that these are fixed before visitors arrive. Sometimes superficial problems, that are not at all serious, can have a hugely detrimental effect on buyers and one that’s out of all proportion to their true nature.

Read up on protecting your financial interests with buyers

Regrettably, various forms of scams and deceptions are not entirely known in the domain of buying and selling static caravans.

There are some very easy steps you can take in order to check the potential buyer of your caravan, so as to ensure that they are sincere and unlikely to yield major traumas as you go through the process. Space doesn’t permit a full discussion of those techniques here but there are plenty of useful online guides to help!