Buying a holiday home is an important decision, and with more choice available than ever its sometimes difficult knowing where to start and what to look for. We want all of our holiday home owners to enjoy their time with us for many years to come so we’ve compiled this list of advice to hopefully help.

Location

Consider your lifestyle and how often you will be using your holiday home. If you prefer weekend breaks rather than longer getaways, a holiday park within a couple of hours travelling time from your home is probably the sensible option. However, if you plan to visit for longer periods of time, you may be willing to travel further.

The Park

We strongly recommend that you visit any potential park before making a purchase. It’s important to get a feel for it, meet the team and ideally some of the owners. Remember to check the length of the parks season, our parks are open for 11 months a year.

Facilities

Think about how you enjoy spending your leisure time. If you have a young family, you may prefer a park with plenty of facilities to keep everyone entertained. However, if you are hoping to escape from it all, enjoy a peaceful retirement or simply after some peace and tranquillity with like-minded people then you may prefer a park with fewer or no facilities.

The Pitch

Consider the location of the pitch and the view on offer; would you prefer a quiet pitch tucked away from it all or be nearer the main entrance to watch the world go by.

How much do you want to spend?

It is important to set a budget as holiday homes come in a wide range of specifications; from basic entry-level models to highly luxurious. It can be easy to get carried away when looking at lovely glossy photos of brand-new units however decide how much you want to spend and then you can look at holidays homes around this figure and decide if you need or want to tweak up or down from there.

Remember that in addition to the purchase price of your holiday home you will also be responsible for site-fees, gas, electricity, insurance and general maintenance costs.

The type of holiday home

New or pre-owned? Many pre-owned units can be purchased in ‘like new’ condition for a fraction of the price of a new unit, however, in the event of any issues a brand-new unit usually comes with a manufactures warranty. We actually give a 12-month warranty on all our pre-owned holiday homes.  You may also find that the heating system is more efficient in new units.

Choose the right model and layout. Holiday homes come in an almost infinite variety of designs and layouts. It’s important to consider how you will use your new holiday home; How many beds will you need? Is it more important to have a spacious kitchen or will you spend more time in the living area? Do you need an en-suite, bath or just a shower? Does anyone in your family have accessibility needs?

And remember if buying at entry level or pre-owned we can offer part exchange to a newer or bigger holiday home or lodge at any time should your needs change – We will take care of all the organisation.

The Rules and Regulations

We are members of the British Holiday & Home Park Association so all of our holiday home owners have the reassurance of purchasing with a licence agreement allowing you a guaranteed minimum amount of time you can keep your holiday home on the pitch for – giving you total peace of mind and security.

Ask for a copy of the park rules. Every park has its own set of rules and it’s important to familiarise yourselves with them before committing to a purchase; Is the park pet-friendly? Are you allowed to sublet? Are there restrictions on car-parking? Are the park facilities free or will you have to pay extra? Can you have a deck and what material must it be? Are there restrictions for having sheds, storage boxes etc?

These may seem like small points, but they are all things that you will wish you had checked once you take ownership of your holiday home! These are all important questions so don’t be afraid to spend a bit of time having a look around and investigating what is available.

Purchasing a holiday home is a big decision and we hope that you and your family and friends will enjoy the experience for years to come. Take your time and don’t be afraid to ask questions – but also remember to be realistic about your expectations too.

We offer a fantastic range of new and pre-owned holiday homes from the various manufacturers.  We have caravans starting from £14,995 and lodges from £86,950

Please click HERE to browse all our available holiday homes. If you would like to discuss your requirements in more detail, please call 01752 842318 or email clare@cornwall-caravan-parks.co.uk

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