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Buying a static caravan or lodge – Parklink buyers guide

Welcome to the Parklink buyers guide

This brand NEW guide will take you step by step through the purchase process when buying a static caravan or lodge in the UK.

As you are aware, buying a static caravan or lodge is a big purchase decision not to be taken lightly. Buying a static caravan or lodge can have great benefits where the end goal will be to enhance you and your families lifestyle for many years to come. We have thoughtfully created this guide to offer you guidance in your journey into holiday home ownership so we hope you find it a great help.

This guide covers 5 key areas of buying a static caravan or lodge holiday home which includes:

  • Affordability

Ensuring you understand costs involved when purchasing a holiday home

  • Location

The location is arguably one of the most important factors when buying a static caravan or lodge

  • Choosing a holiday park

This guide will offer advice on which holiday park you should choose for your static caravan holiday home to be on

  • Choosing a static caravan or lodge

Which static caravan or lodge should you buy? This guide will offer you guidance when making this choice.

  • Plot

This is usually the final piece of the puzzle. Choosing the ideal plot for your static caravan or lodge is important to ensure you have the right space and outlook.

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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

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Holiday Homes for sale in Yorkshire

Holiday Homes for sale in Yorkshire

With its stunning natural beauty and national parks, historical Yorkshire is a county brimming with interest. Renowned for its Roman and Viking heritage, it’s the perfect location for an immersive UK holiday. Owning your own Holiday Home in Yorkshire will mean that you get to relive the experience as many times as you like.

Whether you’re a countryside lover at heart or are keen to explore quaint villages whilst on holiday. Yorkshire has plenty to offer. Occupying a large area in the North of England, Yorkshire is as diverse as any county can be. It’s a walker’s paradise, and those keen to stretch their legs and take in some stunning views should make a beeline for The Yorkshire Three Peaks.  This includes the hills of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent.

With so many quirky towns to visit while holidaying in Yorkshire, you’re truly spoilt for choice. A trip to Whitby is an absolute must. This seaside town is home to Whitby Abbey, a historical site that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum for engaging displays about historical voyages.  Whilst there you can tackle the 199 Steps and enjoy sweeping views of the harbour when you reach the top.

What’s a holiday without a beach? For two of the best, breezy Bridlington is your best bet. Its predictability is part of its appeal.  You will have hours of fun at the funfair.  The amusement park and donkey rides on the beach all combine for a great family day out.

With so much to see, it’s impossible to cram everything into a week. This is why Yorkshire is an ideal place to own your own holiday home.  With your own holiday home you can visit regularly and enjoy a holiday entirely on your own terms. Owning a holiday home takes the hassle out of holidays; no more lengthy searches for reasonably priced packages or disputes about where to go. Instead, you’ve got a self-contained home away from home that you can enjoy as many times as you want.

Holidays are a time to relax and free yourself from the stresses of day to day life. Life is even easier when you choose to buy a caravan instead of staying in hotels. Arrive and leave as you please with no concerns about check in times. Finding a caravan for sale in Yorkshire and purchasing one will also mean that you get to become a part of a community with other like minded people. You can make friends with those that have a caravan near yours, giving you even more reason to look forward to a holiday in the UK.

The Flower of May holiday parks cover a wide variety of locations across Yorkshire where you can find a holiday home for sale.  This includes Ripon, York and Scarborough. The peaceful Goosewood Holiday Park is situated near York and is set amongst 20 grassy areas in Sutton-On-The-Forest. With a variety of first class amenities including an indoor swimming pool and bar and a well-stocked fishing lake. It’s the ideal holiday base for the whole family to relax in while they enjoy the stunning surroundings of Yorkshire.

At Goosewood Holiday Park, there are a great range of holiday homes for sale to suit all budgets. Modern holiday homes are modern and include features such as double glazing, central heating, an en-suite WC, making them an ideal investment for those keen to find a caravan for sale in Yorkshire. Their range of luxury holiday homes come with private decking and a hot tub, perfect for romantic retreats. Inside these desirable holiday homes they  boast ultra modern and spacious interiors giving you the very best in holiday home ownership.

The Bay Filey

Looking for something a little bit special? How about a beach house lodge or cottage retreat.. Come and see The Bay, Filey. This development is currently enjoying a huge investment and has some fantastic ownership propositions. All lodges are fully mortgageable and come with a 10 year NHBC guarantee and a 999 year leasehold.  The Showhome is available to view now! Contact us now as these investment opportunities are sure to sell out fast.

Contact us here at Parklink to register your interest in this development

If you like the sound of this holiday park or are keen to find out more about Holiday Homes for sale in Yorkshire, enquiring through Parklink couldn’t be easier. Get in touch today to see how we can help you find your happy place in Yorkshire.

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Caravan For Sale Near Me

Caravan for sale near me

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

When looking for a “Caravan for sale near me”, you may be interested in the following benefits:

Why spend hours in the car?

Why waste time and money travelling for hours?  Being near home can mean you will get there sooner and spend more quality time with the family in your own caravan.

Travelling for long distances in the car is not usually an enjoyable experience for the family. Children can easily grow restless and elderly parents may not travel well.

Owning your own caravan near home will make these problems simply evaporate!

Stunning Holiday Parks all around the UK

There are some truly breathtaking hotspots on the coast and living inland, you may wonder if you will find a “Caravan for sale near me”? We are happy to tell you that there are some real hidden gems to be found inland which will offer you a great place to own your own caravan. Furthermore if you live two hours from the coast and you own a caravan in between then a visit to the coast from your caravan is that bit more feasible!

Many holiday Parks inland work hard to create a unique special place offering stunning landscaping and beautiful scenery. Many parks offer fantastic facilities which the whole family can enjoy along with excellent service. This means your caravan holiday home could be anywhere. An inland park which comes to mind is the stunning Stratford parks which is located in Stratford Upon Avon and only 15 minutes from the M40. Nestled alongside the beautiful River Avon, here you can enjoy amazing scenery and facilities within a welcoming warm setting. Click here to request more information on this special park

Caravan for sale near me

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

  • Forget something or family emergency.. You can always pop home!
  • Fulfil commitments you have near home
  • Easy travelling distances
  • In good or bad weather you can decide whether to stay or go.

Owning a Caravan near home will give you more ‘ME’ time!

Having your own Caravan near home can mean you enjoy more ‘me’ time. You may have a spare morning where you can pop to your caravan and relax on your balcony reading a good book. Or have a dip in the swimming pool or enjoy a workout in the gym. The benefits and flexibility can be endless and this is the true value of owning your own caravan near 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.

Are you ready to enjoy more ‘me’ time?

Are you someone who really loves appreciated your location near home?  If yes we hope this article has helped you understand how you can enhance your lifestyle further with your own caravan near home!

Parklink works with many of the best holiday parks in the UK and is here to request the information you need to make an informed decision. Contact Parklink here and lets see if we can help you find your own happy place ‘near me’!

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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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Parklink – An Introduction To Our Vision

Looking for a holiday home should be a happy and exciting time, but it’s not always easy. There’s so much to choose from, and the information provided about each site and home varies so much that the whole process often becomes confusing and overwhelming – the opposite of what a holiday should be! Having spent years in the property market we thought we’d put our skills to work with holiday homes.