Buying a static caravan is a big investment that provides you with the freedom to holiday whenever you want, no matter the time of year. The idea of enjoying your own holiday home is an exciting one, but there are a number of factors to consider before taking the plunge.
Can I afford a Static Caravan?
The first thing that should be considered when purchasing a static caravan is whether you can afford one or not. A budget should be set so you can get the best experience for your static caravan. Your budget should be realistic and should fit in with your current income and lifestyle. It is important not to forget the annual costs that come with owning your own static caravan, such as site fees, energy costs, administration, insurance and water rates.
Many major static caravan dealerships and holiday parks offer a range of competitive finance options available to those who meet the required criteria. Should this be ideal for your situation, it is important to check on the website that this option is available; finance comparison sites are also advised, as you might be able to get a loan at a lower interest rate than your preferred dealership or holiday park has to offer. However, getting a loan through a third-party company may not have the additional benefits of going straight from the dealer.
One thing you can do to alleviate these costs is subletting your caravan, but it would be subject to the terms and conditions provided by your dealer. Subletting during the weeks you are unlikely to use your new holiday home often generates a significant income, just ensure you carefully read the subletting details as it is likely the park owner will charge a fee should they get the booking themselves.
How Do I Find the Most Suited Location?
Once you have your budget in place, you can begin your journey to finding the perfect holiday home. There are a number of static caravan sites throughout the north of England and Wales, so it shouldn’t be difficult finding one to suit your unique needs. If you are struggling to find the perfect caravan site but know you would like a countryside setting, for example, you may wish to consider Hawthorn Sands Holiday Park to discover the perfect destination for you and your family to enjoy together.
It can be tempting to get carried away when searching for your desired holiday home, but you should be realistic and keep your original budget in mind as well as the necessary facilities and amenities. Take the time to think about where you would most like to spend your summers. Would you rather a beach nearby or the peaceful open countryside of North Wales? Consider the local area and what it offers, such as transport links, attractions and entertainment. If possible, we recommend taking a short stay or holiday at your chosen park to really get a feel of what life is like there and to see whether the facilities available at your chosen park fits your current lifestyle.
Selecting the right holiday home for you will depend on your budget, priorities and preferences. Once you have selected the best location for these needs, it’s best to see the layout of the caravan before you fully agree to anything. You can read more about our residential homes for sale here, but we highly advise looking at a few different models before making a decision. All of our homes are available for a viewing and our team will tell you everything you need to know and answer any queries you have.
Have an open and honest discussion with the park owner or managers of the area. Think about what you require and begin to fully understand what they want in return – after all, it is a two-way relationship that you want to last a lifetime. Talking to the dealer is always the best starting point, especially for those new to the static caravan lifestyle.