When you think about buying a holiday home, it often settles into being a daydream as the costs of owning a second home are really quite significant. When you start to look around at the price of country cottages, you discover that there aren’t so many bargains around these days.
A cheaper alternative is to buy a park home. This may not be quite the chocolate box image you had in mind, but buying a static home on a holiday park has many advantages. Firstly, they’re often in great locations by the seaside or in a beautiful rural location. Secondly, they’re on registered park home sites, so you will have other facilities there – often including social facilities – and the community that that offers.
Although you won’t be in splendid isolation, you’ll have the security of knowing that the park home site is occupied year round, so even if you’re not there, your property you will be relatively secure. Of course, sites vary, so before deciding if and where to buy a mobile home, you need to do some research on the location as well as the static caravan itself.
Many people let out their static caravans to other people as a holiday let, which can be a useful supplementary income; and a good way of using the property while you’re not staying there yourself. Others just keep it for themselves and friends and family to use.
If you own a mobile home, you’ll need to get static caravan insurance for it. Although this isn’t a legal requirement, these are pretty valuable assets and if it went up in smoke or was irreparably damaged by a storm, you wouldn’t be able to recover your losses without insurance.
Mobile home insurance is similar to house insurance, in that you need both buildings and contents cover. Many insurers will only insure mobile homes that are kept on registered and licenced park home sites.
Get some different quotes before you decide which policy to choose. You may wish to go with a specialist leisure insurer. Look Caravan Insurance is available from Look Insurance – a company that specialises in insurance for static caravans, touring caravans, boats, classic cars and holiday homes.