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Buying a static caravan pros and cons

Pro’s & Con’s

When looking to buy a static caravan, it is important that you weigh up the pro’s and con’s of buying a static caravan.  If bought for the right reasons you will be sure to find a great joy in owning a static caravan. For most venturing into the world of holiday home ownership is an enjoyable experience. You get to focus on the important things in life such as family, friends and leisure experiences.

Dream of owning your own home from home

Many holidaymakers dream of one day owning their very own home away from home. Buying a static caravan is the obvious choice where that this dream can be realised. Returning to a location that you love, to enjoy a holiday whenever you please is a great luxury. That said, buying a static caravan should always be considered carefully by those keen to take the plunge into ownership.

Here we have put together a list of pros and cons to help you make your decision a much easier one.

Holiday at times to suit you 

For many people, one  massive draw when buying a static caravan is the opportunity to go on holiday whenever they choose.  Owning your own caravan or lodge on park gives you the flexibility to arrive and depart at a time that suits you. There will be no need to book ahead or check in which can appeal to many people.

Quality of accommodation

Booking accommodation online can be a roulette. Most of the time you will fall lucky and receive a nice standard of accommodation. Other times you may get let down or something may not be quite as described.  Who enjoys spending hours browsing for the best rates in the most desirable locations only to feel let down when they are booked. Knowing where you are going and where you are staying can give you more piece of mind.

Like minded people

While the communities that we build at home are important, sometimes we need to look further afield and consider where else we can become part of something. The great thing about holiday home ownership parks is you are surrounded with like minded people which enjoy getting away and enjoying the good things in life. You are able to choose your park based on your interests and circumstances; for example, if you have children, find a family-friendly holiday park that your children will be able to make friends on. Building lasting relationships on a holiday park is great for sociable people and could present a better option than visiting a different resort or park every year.

Your static caravan can be a great source of income

Have you ever considered letting out your static caravan to other holidaymakers while you aren’t there? This can be a great source of income, especially during the peak months, such as the summer holidays. Many holiday parks have fantastic letting schemes where they can take care of all aspects of the letting for you. This will work well as you can enjoy many holidays whilst making it help towards runnings costs. There are cons associated with letting out your holiday home which you need to be aware of and ensure you have prepared for.

  • Holiday makers will not always leave in immaculate condition – Ensure you have good cleaners in place
  • You may suffer the odd breakage – Ensure you have adequate insurance cover which covers subletting
  • It may be let when you want to use – Rent out your holiday home in blocks and plan your time in first.
  • The holiday home will suffer wear & tear – With more use comes more wear & tear however the income you will make will outweigh the expense of replacing the carpet eventually or repair works.

 Cons of buying a static caravan

Whilst it is true that for most people buying a static caravan is reported to be one of the best things they have ever done.  There can be a few drawbacks that you may want to consider before making your final choice.

Being in the same location

Are you the kind of person that struggles to stay in the same place?  If so, you may struggle with the concept of visiting the same location time and time again. While it can be comforting to grow familiar with your surroundings, some may find this monotonous over time. Having said that, most parks are situated in stunning surroundings with national parks with plenty of trails and walks nearby.  This means there is plenty of opportunity to get out and about the area which will give variety to your experience.

Responsibility

Just as you need to invest in your home to maintain it, you will need to do the same with a static caravan. You will need to allow for general upkeep and ensure that your static caravan is safe to use. While it can give many a sense of pride of ownership and accomplishment. For others, maintaining their own home as well as a static caravan can be a challenge.  Parks usually provide services to help maintain your caravan including gas and electric servicing.  These services can be convenient and necessary however you will need to allow for this outlay.

Selling your static caravan

When buying a static caravan you may want to consider the process if you ever need to sell. Your static caravan is a valuable asset and at some point you may have a change of life circumstance which forces you to consider selling.  Many Parks will help you will this process and offer a price to buy it back from you. Ensure you know what the company policy if so you can plan ahead. Here at Parklink we have a dedicated page where you can advertise your private caravan for sale. CLICK HERE to find out more.

Memorable holidays in a place you love

While the initial investment in a static caravan represent a large purchase. It’s important to recognise the long-term enjoyment you will get from owning your own – Memorable family holidays, on your own terms, in a place that you love can mean a lot. If you value freedom, relaxation and family time then holiday home ownership will benefit you.

Parklink is here to help you buy a static caravan

Now you have considered buying a static caravan pros and cons perhaps you would like to discover more and request further information. Parklink is the ‘go to’ place for holiday home ownership and we would like to help you get the information you need.

Are you interested in buying a static caravan? We have some fantastic private sales on our books which can offer you massive savings! CLICK HERE to view now.

Perhaps you would like to view holiday parks where you can own a static caravan on? CLICK HERE to view our selection of Parks in the UK you can own a holiday home on.

Thank you for reading our article. We would love to hear any further pros and cons you think would be worth sharing with people.  CLICK HERE to message us now.

All the best from the team at Parklink

 

Static Caravan Versus Touring Caravan

Static caravan versus touring caravan

When it comes to choosing a holiday home, most people find themselves deciding on a caravan or some kind.

The question is.. which one?

The main consideration that most will have to make is: static caravan versus touring caravan. Both a static caravan and a touring caravan have their own unique benefits.  Both will allow a person to create their own kind of holiday escape. Hopefully Parklink can help you decide which one is right for you?

Freedom and diversity

If you desire freedom along with the ability to travel to a variety of different locations, a touring caravan of course presents many more benefits.  You can research different locations, holiday parks and campsites. This means you are able to travel to a different part of the country every time that you want to go on holiday with family and friends. Those with a passion for exploring will relish the opportunity to hit the open road and take in different sights, making it ideally suited to those with a more adventurous nature. It even means that you can take your caravan abroad to places like France, which is renowned for its exceptional campsites. In this sense, a touring caravan provides much more scope than a static caravan, making for more varied holidays for those that choose one.

That said, Static Caravan owners can join online groups which allow you to exchange holiday weeks with one another at no charge.  This can be a great way to really get good use from your ‘static’ caravan.  Always remember to check with your park operator to see if this is permitted on your park.

Which one is the best value

 There are a number of cost implications that you need to consider for both options. Fuel costs can be something most people overlook when choosing a touring caravan. It is also worth considering the vehicle that you will need to manoeuvre the caravan. There are specific vehicles that are more effective when it comes to towing a static caravan. So if you’re serious about owning one, you may find that you need to invest a new car as well as the touring caravan.

Static caravans may have the added benefit of subletting opportunities. This means that you can make your holiday home into a form of additional income. This income can be used to help off set outgoings associated with running your static caravan. Static caravan and touring caravan ownership can pretty much balance out once you take everything into account.  This obviously depends on the type of holiday parks you choose and the type of static or touring caravan you opt for.  Static caravan ownership can start from as little as £10,000 for a pre owned model and there will be ongoing running costs to consider. In terms of affordability, a static caravan does offer an affordable holiday home.

Which option is least stressful!

Picture the scene.. it’s Friday afternoon, you’ve had a stressful week at work and you’re looking forward to jumping in your car and heading to the caravan with the family.

If you own a static caravan, this is much simpler. There’s no need to load up and attach the touring caravan to your car. Furthermore, you won’t need to spend time searching and booking a site. With a static you can simply pop down to your home from home whenever the mood takes you. Most people tend to leave clothing and food etc at their static caravans so it it ready for your arrival.

A touring caravan may seem like a carefree option in theory, but often it actually requires more planning ahead, making spontaneous trips more challenging.

Now that you’ve considered static caravan versus touring caravan, which one do you think is more suited to you and the type of holidays you want to enjoy? Whichever you’d prefer, you’ll find plenty of great ones for sale here.

Own your own Lodge in stunning Lancashire

Lodge for Sale Lancashire

If you are looking for a Lodge for sale Lancashire, you’ll be delighted to learn that Parklink can help you end your search for the perfect holiday home. This particular Lodge is situated on the Castle View Park in Carnforth. With stunning surrounding areas and plenty to keep the whole family entertained nearby.  Picking this park will ensure fabulous holidays for years to come. View this lodge HERE

Location

Castle View Park sits between the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park. This means that there will be plenty to explore right on your doorstep. The Forest of Bowland, sometimes referred to as the Bowland Fells, is a site of sprawling and scenic wilderness with deep valleys and moorlands, perfect for an afternoon ramble. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a large area encompassing historical stone-built villages and strikingly beautiful landscapes. Clearly you are never short of somewhere to marvel at nature’s creations in Lancashire! There’s also much more to do than just go walking at the Lake District National Park. Why not take the kids along to Treetop Nets. Here they can play on more than 1,500 metres of giant trampolines.

Enjoy a peaceful park with outstanding views

The Castle View Park stands out mainly thanks to its stunning surroundings, making it really easy to switch off while holidaying here. City dwellers will particularly enjoy a break immersed in the countryside, and on a clear day the mountains of the Lake District can be spotted on the horizon. The park is easily accessible by car and with so many attractions nearby including The World of Beatrix Potter, Lancaster Castle and Abbot Hall. There is plenty to keep all ages entertained. You will find that owning a Lodge for sale Lancashire is something that can benefit the whole family.

Position of your lodge

This particular two bedroom lodge boasts an excellent position within the park and is tucked away in the countryside.  If you own this one you will enjoy great privacy and stunning views, as well an abundance of wildlife. It is close to Capernwray, a timeless area of Lancashire with plenty to explore, including the 19th Century Capernwray Hall.  The hall which has a fantastic public pool which is open to public and is just situated within walking distance. It is also close to the A6 and junction 35 of the M6 motorway, proving that finding a caravan for sale in Lancashire in an accessible location is easy.

The lodge has been decorated in a modern style and has generous rear garden space and ample off street parking. The site is also pet friendly.

Why not enquire about this lovely lodge?

Does all of this sound appealing to you?

If the answer’s YES, it’s time to make an enquiry through our website. We can help you with the process of securing viewings and finding more ou. If you are still keen to find a caravan for sale in Lancashire but this one has been sold, you’ll be glad to know that are able to browse by location on our site and by the kind of holiday park that you are looking for.

Contact us today – dan@parklink.uk or telephone: 07917868629

Caravan For Sale Near Me

Caravan for sale near me

Many people are now realizing that they do not need to travel far to enjoy the benefits of owning their own holiday home. You can enjoy more ‘me’ time with a caravan holiday home near home.

When looking for a caravan for sale which is near consider these following benefits:

Travelling distance

Why waste time and money travelling many hours.  Being near can mean you will get there sooner and spend more quality time with the family at your caravan.

Travelling in the car can cause stress for the family. Children in the back asking ‘are we there yet’ as well as elderly parents who may not travel well.

Invest in a holiday home near home and this will make these problems disappear!

Stunning Park all around the UK

Yes there are some stunning hotspots near the coast. If you are someone who lives inland and wonder if you will be able to find a holiday parks near home. Parklink is happy to sell you that there are some real hidden gems to be found inland.

Many Parks inland really have allot of pride in their parks which offer stunning landscaping and beautiful lakes. Many parks offer fantastic facilities which the whole family can enjoy along with excellent service. This means your caravan holiday could be anywhere.

Caravan for sale

When searching for a caravan for sale. Parklink recommends you find the location first, then park. You will find most caravans are built to a brilliant standard these days as you can read here. We are sure you will find a caravan for sale which suits your needs. Caravans can be shipped all around the country which means you will have an excellent choice even if you decide to be near home.

Convenience of being near home

Owning a caravan holiday home near home means if you have a family emergency of if you forget something you can always pop back. Part of the reason you may be searching for a caravan which is near is because you may have home commitments meaning you cannot travel far. Parklink has a useful map function making it easy for you to find the right holiday home in the right location. Click here to search locations.

Buy a caravan which is near for more ‘me’ time!

Having your own holiday home near home can mean you enjoy more ‘me’ time. You may have a spare morning where you can pop to your holiday home and relax on your balcony. Perhaps you can spend an hour reading a good book. Or your park may have a swimming pool or gym you are able to use. The benefits and flexibility can be endless and this is the true value of owning your own holiday home.

Close to your investment

You may decide to sublet your caravan holiday home to bring in some extra income to help with running costs. The park may manage this for you or you may decide to do this for yourself. Being closer to your holiday home gives you the piece of mind that you can check your holiday home in-between bookings.  You can also pop and meet the park management team if needed to discuss your letting progress. This is far more convenient than if your caravan was three or four hours drive away from home.

Your decision and your ‘me’ time!

Here at Parklink we understand that if you truly love a location it is well worth travelling many hours to get to your perfect place.  You may be someone who simply appreciates and really loves your location near home.  If this is the case then perhaps this blog will help you consider some of the benefits of having a holiday home closer to home.

Parklink covers many regions and counties and we believe everywhere in the UK has something special to offer. Contact Parklink here for more info and help if you find your self searching for ‘Caravan for sale near me’.

Sell My Static Caravan

Sell my static caravan

The day has arrived when you have thought.. “I need to Sell my static caravan”. Like most people, this would have been the last thing you thought of when you first purchased. There are many things you now need to consider and a general process which you need to take. Each park has selling rules and park policy’s so we advise to always check with the park operator/owner to discuss their options.

Here we will give you a general guide as to the usual steps to take.

Make an appointment to discuss with the park office

When you contact your holiday park office and tell them you want to “Sell my static caravan”, they will have a general process for you to adhere to and they may ask you to fill out a private sale agreement form. This is so they have a record that you would like to sell.

It will usually not be a priority or obligation for the park to sell your caravan for you as can be assumed by many caravan owners. It is your asset so you will be expected to take responsibility just like selling your car.

The park may be able to offer you useful selling advice and even take it on the books for you.

Will the company buy my caravan back?

You may be wondering “Can I Sell my static caravan back to the company you bought from? There is every possibility the park will buy your caravan back however it could be a lower prices than you expect. The offer they give you will depend on demand and will be close to a ‘trade valuation’.

Please bear in mind that caravans and lodges are depreciating assets most of the time and rarely hold their value. The park is in business so will be hoping to buy from you at a good price so they are able to sell on and make a profit.

How much should I Sell my static caravan for?

As the owner of the static caravan, you would determine the final selling price. Your park operators  may be able to give you some indication of the selling price as they are dealing with buyers and sellers daily. The selling price should be a fair price which is in line with other recently sold static caravans.

Factors that can affect selling prices include:

Supply and demand
  • How well are the static caravans selling on park and are there many empty plots available?
  • How many years has your static caravan got left on pitch licence? This will be a big factor to the buyer.
  • How much are similar models selling for? A private sale will usually sell for less than company models as they do not come with the same benefits i.e. extra warranty, consumer protection.
  • The price you paid. How much did you pay and how long have you owned. A simple equation is to deduct £1000 per year for depreciation.

Take all these factors in and come up with a price you think your static caravan will sell for.

Can I put a sales notice up in my static caravan?

Most parks are likely to have a policy where you are not able to put a ‘for sale’ sign up in your static caravan. This is for the good of the park. A park with too many ‘for sale’ signs does not look good to potential buyers. Check with your office as they may let you put one of their branded ‘for sale’ signs in the window as a compromise. Work with the park and together you should be able to achieve a private sale which suits all parties.

How to prepare my static caravan to sell?

Getting the ‘show-home’ look can be challenging especially if you are planning to continue to use your static caravan. Clear out as much clutter as you can and make the place as neutral as possible. Bear in mind that your tastes will not be the same as a potential buyers. Buyers need to imagine themselves being in, and owning your static caravan.  Keep the place as clean as possible and welcoming at all times. When selling your caravan it is always best to open the curtains wide, letting in the natural light.  Perhaps even open the windows as this will all help give your holiday home a welcoming natural ‘buy me’ vibe. Ensure the outside of your holiday home is clear and welcoming.

Where to advertise my static caravan

There are many places you can advertise your static caravan for sale. Advertising portals such as Gumtree or Ebay are popular for people selling static caravans and lodges. There are many other classified websites where you can list also.

Here at Parklink we can help by placing all of your advertising for you and even dealing with enquiries up to the point of viewing.  We offer 3 affordable packages starting at just £49! CLICK HERE to view our packages now

With Parklink helping you sell your static caravan it will increase your chances of finding a buyer

We have many years of experience selling static caravans at all levels and have dealt with thousands of different buyers and sellers.  We are able to help people at the right stages and we can advise you on the correct selling price and give you helpful selling advice.

What can Parklink offer me?

  • A page on the specialist Parklink website showing images, description, location and features.
  • Listing on Rightmove, Zoopla & Prime location to really boost advertising
  • Enquiry button so people can show interest in your static caravan
  • We will deal with all enquiries and pass viewings onto you
  • We can list for you on various portals such as Freeads & Houseshop
  • Social media advertising including Facebook, Instagram etc..
  • Sell my static caravan free advice

CLICK HERE to contact us at Parklink to see how we can help you today!  We would love to help you get the best price for your static caravan in the quickest time possible.

Dealing with viewings

If you have advertised through Parklink, the chances are your people will be well informed and already a great match for your static caravan. It could be that they are viewing a few different static caravans so handle the viewing in a fluent business like manner. People are looking for a general overview. Just talk naturally and be yourselves! If they want to buy, they may tell you straight away or they may want to discuss privately. Under no circumstance should you pressure the buyer for a quick decision as this can be off putting for them.

Finishing your viewing

Ensure you leave on good terms and you have all contact details to follow up later on. Parklink will also be there as a 3rd party to ask them how they found and help you get the sale!

What do I do when they say YES!

Brilliant. You have a YES! The transaction has to go through the park office. Between you and the buyer, you will agree a date they will take possession of the holiday home. All funds must be paid the park office where the company will take anything you owe on your account as well as their park private sale commission (usually 15% + VAT).  You will receive the rest into your personal bank account once processed.

Who completes the paperwork

The park operators will ensure the buyers are fully aware of park rules and run through all the relevant paperwork. Once this is all complete and they have paid the balance, the last task is for you to remove all personal items from the static caravan ready for the new owners to move in.

What happens now?

That’s it! You sit back and wait for the selling funds to go into your bank account and all finished. Selling with the help of Parklink you will not have to pay extra commission on sale on our standard arrangements.

Comments or selling tips of your own?

Here at Parklink we would be interested to hear any comments or suggestions you have about this article.

Selling your static caravan?

We would be happy to discuss our packages with you and find the best way to help.  You can contact us by CLICKING HERE 

 

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