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Buying a park home? What you need to ask

If you have decided to invest in a park home, you may have many questions that you want answered before you go ahead and make the investment.

A park home will typically be your permanent home, so you will want to make sure you are making the right choice.

Here are some of the questions you may wish to ask before you go ahead and buy one.


How much are the pitch fees?

This is one of the most important questions. Sometimes it is easy to only think about the cost of the actual park home, but your monthly budget is also an important consideration.

As well as asking about the fees, ask about any previous rises and whether there are likely to be any increases in the future.


Has the site experienced any problems with flooding or storm damage?

You should definitely ask this question, and not only for your own peace of mind. Whether the site has experienced flooding or storm damage could affect your insurance premium. At Cover4Caravans, we ask customers about flooding and storm damage when providing park home insurance quotes, so make sure you find out.


What security features are available at the park?

You may want to ask if theft has been a problem at the park and what security features, if any, they have in place. Again, this is not just for your own peace of mind, but also for insurance purposes because it may affect your premium.

Many park homes sites have a 24 hour warden.


Is the site registered with the appropriate authorities?

These include the National Caravan Council (NCC) or British Holiday & Home Parks Association.

This is another thing that you may have to state when you take out park home insurance, so it is good to find out in advance.


How is gas and electricity supplied?

You may be able to arrange your utilities directly with the suppliers, but you may have to buy it through the park. With the latter, it means that you may not be able to switch suppliers, even if you find a cheaper deal elsewhere.


Can I bring my pet?

This will clearly only apply if you have pets, but if you do have a pet then it will be a very important concern.


What are the age restrictions, if any?

If you have children, this is going to be an important concern, as typically, these parks are aimed at the over 50 age group, whose children have left home. However, you may want to invite your grandchildren to stay at some point. Find out because different sites have different rules.


Get the answers you are looking for

These are common questions that you may want to find answers to before you buy a park home. This is a large investment that you will be making, so it is important to be completely comfortable before you make a decision. Use these questions to narrow down your search for your perfect park home, and then start looking for a suitable place to live.

The Government website also has a useful factsheet for people looking to buy a park home.