DCB Park Home Surveyors often advise potential purchasers on the condition and value of their new purchase and we recommend you read through the information provided on the government factsheet below.
We recommend considering the following items before purchasing a park home:
1. Carry out some basic maintenance checks:
•Does the floor squeak when walking? – Possible levelling issues
•Do the internal doors swing freely? – Possible levelling issues
•Does the flooring dip in the corners? – Possible levelling issues
•Does the brickwork skirting beneath the home touch the home? – Potential rising damp issues
•Do the walls ‘flex’ and move inward when outward pressure is exerted onto them? – Potential wall failure.
•Does the property have a conservatory or porch? – May not have the park owners or Council’s approval.
2. Work out the costs of buying your park home
The main costs involved with buying your home are; survey fees, legal costs, moving costs, potential repair issues highlighted.
3. Try and obtain as much information about the new home and its site.
The written statement, park rules, the warranty and maintenance details of your home
4. Understand what you are responsible for and what the park owner is responsible for
You will be buying the home, but not the land. The land remains in the ownership of the site owner who is responsible for maintaining and managing the site.
5. Work out the costs of owning your park home
Pitch fees, council tax band and charges, water, gas and electricity charges. We also recommend researching if you can get insurance prior to purchase.
6. Sign the necessary paperwork covered in the above fact sheet, we recommend you consult with a solicitor to undertake this.
7. Move In!