Park Homes

Park homes – what are they and why are they growing in popularity?

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As people continue to consider other ways of living, park homes have continued to grow in popularity. Park homes are also referred to as mobile homes and can be an energy-efficient alternative to traditional bricks and mortar property. 

Park homes tend to be associated with pensioners who are looking to downsize in their later years, but mobile homes can be enjoyed by anyone. Anyone who is considering getting a park home might find it useful to know the benefits and steps to obtaining a park home.

What is a park home?

Park homes are mobile homes that are located on a protected site. The main difference between park homeownership and traditional ownership is that the park homeowner owns the structure of the home but not the land it’s situated on – not dissimilar to how a leasehold property works.

So, instead of owning the ground the property is located on, the majority of park homeowners rent a pitch from a site owner. Usually, pitch fees are paid monthly but this isn’t a hard and fast rule and depends on the site. 

The park homeowner must have a site licence issued by the local authority and planning permission. The site licence will say whether the park site is a holiday site or full residential, and some licences permit both.

Mobile homes law give several rights and protections to park homeowners who live in their home as their only or main residence if it’s located on a protected site. A protected site is a privately owned park where the necessary planning permission or site licence permits the land to be occupied wholly, or in part, for year-round residential use.

What is the appeal of a park home?

Energy-efficient

In a world where people are increasingly concerned about climate change and their carbon footprint, park homes can be seen as a greener alternative to traditional living.

Many modern park homes are built with insulated timber frame construction which is an energy-efficient way of keeping your property warm. In addition to this, there are park homes with low-emission glass used for windows and doors. 

As well as park homes being greener, this also means considerable savings on energy bills. The majority of park homes are also built with energy-efficient combi-boilers which provide full central heating.

Cheaper council tax

The majority of park homes are in the lowest council tax band. So as well as saving money on energy bills, park homeowners can save on their council tax payments.

Security

Park homes can also provide an increased sense of security in comparison to urban living. Many parks are in gated communities where only residents live. Park homeowners can feel safer knowing their neighbours and park manager may keep an eye on their property and they can feel free to ‘lock up and leave.’

Community spirit

For those who want to be on a first-name basis with their neighbours then park living can be a great choice. Park living provides a close-knit community as these sites tend to be away from the busy city-centres and are located by the riverside or in the countryside. If you would want a more communal way of living, then a park home could be for you.

More protection

The Mobile Homes Act was introduced in 2013 and this has given park homeowners more legal protection. Park home manufacturers also endeavour to ensure that residents are fine and the properties are well looked after.

Things to consider before buying a park home

Getting a solicitor when buying a park home

It is not compulsory to use a solicitor when buying a park home but it is highly recommended. Solicitors can pinpoint any potential problems at an early stage and can help provide greater assurance for buyers.

If you are looking for a solicitor experienced in handling park homes, then you can use the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor page.

Should you get a new or pre-owned park home?

Buyers have a choice between new and pre-owned homes. What makes new park homes more appealing is they usually need less maintenance than pre-owned homes. As new park homes are built from scratch, it is likely they will be in better condition than pre-owned homes.

Generally, older park homes will not be as well-insulted as newer properties. So, newer park homes are better equipped to handle the changes in the weather and colder temperatures. This is an important factor to consider if you’re planning to live in the park home all year round.

If you’re buying a park home on a budget, then a pre-owned home may be more ideal as they are considerably more affordable than a newer property.

It is highly advised that if you’re planning to buy a pre-owned parked home to do more research and ask questions to the seller. It is recommended to get a survey report from a specialist park home surveyor when purchasing a pre-owned park home.

Above are just some of the many things to consider when purchasing a park home. Here at HBB Solutions, we help developers and sellers looking to attract buyers to acquire their park property. Our park home part-exchange service allows people to sell their existing property and buy a park home from you in one smooth, swift and stress-free transaction, avoiding the delays and hassle involved in selling on the open market.

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