In our last blog we looked at all the important things you need to consider and the questions you need to ask when you’re researching holiday home ownership.
We have put together a step by step guide to follow once you’ve narrowed your search down and have a handful of parks to consider. It’s a good way to compare one park with another and is designed to help make the best choice for you and your family.
Step 1: Is this park right for me?
- How far is the drive from home and am I happy to do this regularly?
- Does the park have facilities I will use?
- Am I happy to pay a bit more for a wider choice of facilities?
- Is the park quiet and peaceful or large and lively?
- How often is entertainment provided?
- Does the atmosphere change during school holidays?
Step 2: Consider the costs
As with many high value purchases, you should know the costs of buying your holiday plus the on-going running costs and maintenance.
- How much does the holiday home cost and what is included? Sometimes pitch fees, insurance and other elements will be included in the package price.
- What finance options are available?
- How much are pitch fees and what do they cover?
- Can the park recommend an insurance provider? How much will insurance cost?
- Can I sublet my holiday home at this park if I want to offset some of these costs?
Step 3: Choose a holiday home
Finding the right holiday home involves more than simply picking a style that you like. Take some time to consider how you’ll be using the home:
- If you have children or grandchildren, will two bedrooms be enough or will an extra bedroom help?
- If you have young children, are light coloured sofas such a good idea?
- Do you want a central lounge with bedroom at each end, or an end-lounge with a large window letting in lots of light?
- Is there enough storage to suit your needs?
- Will you be staying outside of the summer months? Do you need to consider heating and double glazing?
Step 4: Find the right location
When you’ve picked your holiday park and holiday home, the next step is to find a pitch that will suit your needs most closely. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I want to be near to the beach, or close to the pool and entertainments?
- Do I want a quiet pitch or a short walk to the leisure complex?
- Do I need wheelchair access?
- Would I prefer piped or bottled gas?
- Do I want to add decking and does the pitch allow that?
Step 5: Becoming an owner
- How long will the sale take to complete?
- When will we get the keys?
- Who will be our key contact once we are owners?
- What benefits do I get as an owner?
We’d even suggest giving each park a score for each step. It might just reveal the perfect park for you!
|Step||Park A||Park B||Park C|
|1. Is this park right for me?||/10||/10||/10|
|2. Consider the costs||/10||/10||/10|
|3. Choose a holiday home||/10||/10||/10|
|4. Find the right location||/10||/10||/10|
|5. Becoming an owner||/10||/10||/10|