Park homes, also known as mobile homes, are single-storey houses that can be moved from place to place. They are installed on park home sites. They are often popular with older people.
Would a park home suit me?
Park homes are small and could be suitable if you want a home that’s easy to manage and all on one level. Buying a park home can be an affordable way of living in an area you like.
Park home sites can have more of a community feel than traditional housing, which could be good if you’re feeling lonely.
What should I consider before buying a park home?
It’s important to understand the legal and financial implications of buying a park home. You’ll own the home itself, but pay rent to the site owner for your pitch (a ‘pitch fee’). You’ll be liable for council tax, and there may be resale fees if you decide to sell up in the future.
Other important things to check include:
- Does the site have a residential licence and can you live there all year round?
- What are the energy supply arrangements? Some park homes can be expensive to heat and you may have to buy your energy from the site owners.
- Are there age restrictions?
- Does the site allow pets?
- Are there parking restrictions?
- Is there a site manager to deal with day-to-day problems? Do they live on site?
- Is the site well maintained? Check the roads, lighting and pathways.
- Is there an active Residents’ Association representing residents’ views and ensuring their problems are addressed?
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