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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.