Guest post – Handy Hints for Purchasing a Caravan
Whether You’re Buying a Caravan for the First Time or the Fiftieth, Use These Handy Hints to Get the Best One for You
Since buying a static caravan is a fairly sizeable investment, it is well worth making an informed decision about which one to buy and where to buy it. Here are a few handy hints to help you pick the right holiday home and, most importantly, the right holiday park.
Choose the Right-Sized Holiday Home for You
When you’re buying a static caravan on a holiday park, chances are there will be different models for you to choose from. Each caravan holiday home will cater to the needs of different groups, so think about who you’ll be holidaying with and how much room you need.
If you’re going to be holidaying with friends, you may like a holiday home with an L-shaped sofa to give it a more sociable layout. Families may put a strong focus on the number of bedrooms and may wish to buy a caravan with more than one bathroom.
If you want to see how big a holiday home really is, don’t be afraid to set up any sofa beds to see how much room there will be when all beds are set up.
Remember That Static Caravans Have Running Costs
Setting up a caravan is like setting up a new home, so it is important to factor in the extra cost of buying all the things you’ll need to make it comfortable and a real home-away-from-home. If you’re buying a pre-owned caravan, check what will come with it and what you’ll need to buy to get an idea of the extra costs you’ll incur.
When buying a new caravan, you’ll generally need to buy kitchen essentials such as pots and pans, knives and forks, a kettle and a microwave as well as bedding and a TV.
Read the Holiday Park’s Terms and Conditions … And Then Read Them Again
Different holiday parks have different rules and different terms and conditions for keeping your static holiday home there; find out what these are before you invest your money is highly advisable.
Most holiday parks have a limit to how long a static caravan can stay on the site; this could be anything from five years to ten or more. Find this out before you buy to avoid having to sell your holiday home sooner than expected.
Finally, it’s worth checking whether water, gas and electricity are included in the price of the caravan. It’s normal for a holiday home to come with certain running costs, but by doing your research into the terms and conditions of different holiday parks you may be able to eliminate some of them.