Ever stuck for ideas about where to spend your next holiday? Want a second home that’s not too far away? After a place in the countryside where you can entertain your family and friends? Maybe you want to earn some extra money by renting out your holiday home from time to time?
The answer to any one – or all – of these questions might lie in your buying a static home. This is in a caravan more or less permanently pitched on a caravan park or resort in a part of the country you like, visit often and want to share with friends, relatives or even paying guests.
As you drive around the country, it might soon become quite evident that the idea of a static home set in a well-maintained landscape at any number of attractive locations is something that already appeals to many.
According to the most recent (2014) statistics published by the National Caravan Council (NCC) nearly 15,000 static caravans are manufactured for the UK market every year.
If you want to share in what is clearly a widely enjoyed way of spending a holiday or weekend break, what are some of the considerations to keep in mind when buying a static home?
- although you are likely to be spoilt for choice it is clearly important to pick somewhere you want to go back to again and again;
- travelling longer distances might be fine for the occasional holiday, but to make the most of a second home it might be worth choosing somewhere not so far away;
- a tranquil, out of the way park may be to your personal tastes, but if you are planning to let out your holiday home it might be just as important to pick somewhere on a more well-beaten path for tourists;
- as the GoStatic website points out, it is also worth bearing in mind that different parks and resorts are open at different times of the year – some close for the winter season, others may be available for use (but not to live in permanently) the whole year round;
- static caravans have a way of holding their value pretty well, so you are likely to have invested a tidy sum in buying one – new or pre-loved;
- insurance, therefore, is a safeguard likely to be high on your list of priorities – and here at Cover4Caravans we are able to guide you towards those policies relevant to your particular needs and requirements, at a competitive market rate;
- this is the way not only to prevent damage to the caravan itself, but also the contents and indemnity against public liability claims;
- the cost of insurance, your pitch fees at the park and other running expenses therefore need to be included in your budget for buying a static caravan;
- if you arranged finance for the purchase, then the cost of the ongoing repayments also need to be added in;
- once you have drawn up your budget, it might be important to resist the inevitable temptation to splash out more on your new home and stick to it;
- once you have chosen an area in which you want to have your second home and have worked out a manageable budget it is time to set about the really exciting business of choosing your caravan;
- there are so many makes, models, sizes and layout that you are likely to have plenty to choose from, so keep in mind the particular, individual needs and requirements of you and your family;
- it is not just the number of people likely to determine the size but of choosing the layout and design that best suits the way you intend to use the home – as a base for hiking or water sports, say, or somewhere to stay, relax and just be comfortable;
- deciding whether to buy new or pre-loved might be a question of the budget you have, but when deciding whether to buy insitu or from an independent supplier, you need to remember that transport costs are likely to add considerably to the bill;
- choosing your park is a question not only of geographical location, but also the type of park that it is;
- some might be more suitable for families with young children and others for the more mature, some might be close to a bustling town and others set in the depths of the countryside.
A static caravan might make an ideal second home for you, your family and guests. The right caravan, pitched on the right park in a part of the country you love regularly to visit might meet a huge range of your leisure needs.
Further reading: Guide to Static Homes