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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.  However there are many people where the purchase has not quite gone as well as they hoped.

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 one of the ways 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 place gives you the flexibility to arrive and depart at a time that suits you. There will be no need to book or check in which can appeal to many people.

Less searching for accomodation

Booking accommodation online can be a gamble. Most of the time you will fall lucky and get everything you want. Other times you may get let down or something may not be 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 save you many hours of stress!

Be around 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 a part of something, and a static caravan site is the ideal place to do this. You are able to choose sites based on your interests and circumstances; for example, if you have children, find a family-friendly site that your children will be able to make friends on. Building lasting relationships on a static caravan site is great for sociable people and is a much better option than visiting a different resort or site every year.

Your static caravan can earn you money

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.

Disadvantages

Whilst it is true that for most people owning their own 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 on one place

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 place 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 your static caravan. You will need to allow for repairs and ensure that your static caravan is well-kept. While it can give many a sense of pride 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 account for this outlay.

Memorable holidays in a place you love

While the initial investment in a static caravan can be high. 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.

Ready to find out more

Are you interested in owning your own static caravan? We have some fantastic private sales on offer here.  Perhaps you would like to view parks first? Why not start by viewing our quiet and peaceful holiday parks here where you can request a free information pack.

Thank you for reading and whatever you decide.  Parklink wishes you all the best with your decision.

A Holiday Home In Yorkshire

A Holiday Home 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. Finding a caravan for sale 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 look for a caravan for sale.  With your own caravan you can visit regularly and enjoy a holiday entirely on your own terms. Owning a caravan 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.  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 place for the whole family to relax in while they enjoy the stunning surroundings of Yorkshire.

At Goosewood Holiday Park, there are a number of options available for those keen to find a holiday home in Yorkshire. The static caravans 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 lodges come with private decking and a hot tub, perfect for romantic retreats. Inside the modern interiors and spaciousness makes these lodges extremely desirable.

Looking for something a little bit special like a beach house lodge or cottage retreat? Come and see The Bay, Filey. This park is currently enjoying a huge investment and has some fantastic ownership propositions from only £174,950.  All lodges are fully mortgageable and come with a 10 year NHBC guarantee and a 999 year leasehold.  Showhome available to view now! These investment opportunities are sure to sell out fast.

Contact us here at Parklink today and we will provide you with the info you need.

If you like the sound of this holiday park or are keen to find out about anymore with a caravan for sale in Yorkshire, enquiring through Parklink couldn’t be easier. Browse by location or the kind of holiday home that you are after. You can even search by park type, so whether you’re after something peaceful and serene or pet-friendly, you’ll find just the place you are after in stunning Yorkshire.

 

 

Selling Your Caravan Holiday Home

Making the decision to sell your caravan

The day has arrived when you are considering selling your static caravan.  Like most people this would have been the last thing you thought of when you purchased. There are many things you now need to consider and a general process which you need to take. Each park has its own park rules and policy’s so we advise to always check with the park office to discuss their process. Here we will give you a general guide as to the usual steps to take.

Make an appointment to discuss with the park office

Your park operators will have a general process for you to adhere to and usually ask you to fill out a private sale agreement form. Fill this out and hand it in. It will usually not be a priority or obligation for the park to sell it for you as it is assumed by many holiday home owners. It is your property so you will be expected to take the bull by the horns yourself. The help you get from the park will be a reflection of how good their customer service.

Will the company buy my caravan back?

Possibly.  It could be that the company is willing to buy your static caravan back from you.  This will depend on demand and will be close to a ‘trade valuation’.  The figure they offer you will be nowhere near what you paid for the caravan.  Please bear in mind that caravans and lodges are depreciating assets most of the time and rarely hold their value. The park is business so will be hoping to buy from you at a good price so they area able to sell on and make a profit from.

How much should I sell my Caravan for?

The selling price is your decision as the owner. Always take advice from the park office on the price as they are dealing with buyers and sellers daily and will have a fair idea of the price it is likely to sell for. Factors to take into consideration include:

Supply and demand

  • How well are the caravans selling on park and are there many empty plots available?
  • How many years has your caravan got 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 backing and warranty.

Take all these factors in and come up with a price you think it will sell for. Then add a little on to give yourself a little wiggle room!

Putting a sales notice in the caravan

Most parks will have a policy where you are not able to put a ‘for sale’ sign up in your holiday home. 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 holiday home to sell

Getting the show home look can be challenging especially if you are planning to continue to use. 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 the holiday home.  Keep the place as clean as possible and welcoming at all times. When selling holiday homes 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 place you can advertise your holiday home for sale. Free outlets include gumtree, Ebay as well as various other websites which may list your caravan for sale. Sometimes it worth paying a little for a professional service which will increase your chance of selling and give you less stress. Here at Parklink we have years of experience selling holiday homes 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 impartial advice.

What can Parklink offer you?

You own page showing images, description, location and features.

500 word blog post to sell your park and location

Button so people can request info on your particular holiday home

We will deal with all enquiries and ensure they are serious before we pass on to you

Contact us at Parklink today and start selling today!  We would love to help you achieve your sale in the quickest times possible. Click here.

Dealing with viewings

If you have advertised through Parklink, the chances are your people will be well informed and already a match for your holiday home. It could be that they are viewing a few holiday homes 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.

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 and for your new owners to move in.

What happens now?

That’s it! You sit back and wait for the money to go into your bank account and all finished. If you decide to go through Parklink to sell, we do not charge any extra commission on sale so everything your receive from the park is yours to keep and use for that next purchase!

Comments?

We hope you have found this article blog informative. Please feel free to comment if you feel we can add any further tips for people wishing to sell their static caravan or lodges.

Are you considering selling?

Contact us here at Parklink today! With our industry knowledge and professional friendly approach, you will receive a 1st class service when selling your caravan or lodge.

We look forward to helping you sell your holiday home – Contact us here now!

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.