10 Things To Ask Before Moving Into A Park Home

10 Things To Ask Before Moving Into A Park Home

Posted by Justin Allitt in Buying a Park Home, Park Homes, March 15, 2016

Are you thinking about moving into a park home?  You’ll be joining thousands of people who are already enjoying a quieter, slower lifestyle.  They’re also enjoying being close to some of the UK’s best-loved attractions and countryside walks.  Downsizing can really make all the difference, especially if you are close to retiring!

However, we understand that you may have more than a few questions you’d like to ask before moving into a park home.  It’s only natural!  As experts in the park home experience, Sell My Group is always here to help you find your perfect park home.

Here are 10 things you should always ask your park site owner before you settle into your home for good.  These are common questions we actually field on behalf of site owners on a regular basis, too!

Where Can I Find the Gas and Electricity Meters?

When you move into a park home, you’ll still have to pay for the energy you use.  It’s likely to be less than you would pay elsewhere, however, it makes sense to find out where the meters are on-site.  Your site owners should know this without having to think too hard!

You should always regularly check your meters.  This will ensure that you keep track of your bills, as well as if you need to top up (depending on where you move to).  There are a variety of different meters, too!  That means it can sometimes be easier said than done to understand the numbers!  It’s worth asking your park owners for help or for a ‘demo’ before you settle in.

These meters sometimes hide away in odd nooks and crannies.  Therefore, don’t try looking for them yourself.  Additionally, some park homes run on gas bottles, which means it’s also worth asking your park owner for details on where to buy them from.

Where Can I Find the Main Stopcock?

You are moving into your park home, but where is the stopcock? It is always important to know where it is, as it can cause you trouble in later months, particularly as you head towards the deep freeze in winter.  You’ll need to have access to your stopcock so you can stop pipes from freezing, bursting, and causing flooding in your home.

Finding a stopcock isn’t always easy, as again, their locations vary.  Therefore, always make sure to ask your site owners for details.  If you can’t find your stopcock and the water level is rising, you could be in deep trouble, quite literally.  You could find it at the back of a cupboard, or under some units – it really will vary.

When Are Bin Collections?

When you move to a park community, you are still going to need to know when to put the bins out!  Bins come in all colours and sizes, which is why it’s worth knowing what to put in them and when to put them out.  It’s confusing enough in suburbia!

However, to make sure your home doesn’t overflow with piles of rubbish, you should always ask for this information from your site owner.  It’s likely they will give you these details without any kind of provocation.  It’s therefore also a good idea to keep these details to hand where you can refer to them.  Mark them in your calendar!

Do You Have any Instruction Manuals or Warranty Guides?

Moving into a park home also means you buy various white goods and pieces of furniture.  As standard, your site owners should give you a few manuals that you can use to start things off.  Not all washing machines and microwaves are that easy to manage without a booklet!

You should also ask your site owner about warranties.  You’re going to need to know what cover you receive for your appliances, and what you can and can’t do.  You will, hopefully, have some form of insurance in place.  However, it makes sense to have warranty cover your back, too, on essential items.

Do You Have Any Leftover Paint?

Yes, it seems like a strange question to ask, but you may actually find yourself asking for leftover Dulux when you move in.  You might see your property’s walls and ceilings and feel they need a bit of sprucing up.  Moving into a park home means you have free rein, normally, to decorate and personalise it however you like.

Therefore, if you’re noticing peeling and cracking in the paintwork, it’s crucial you ask your site owners if they have any leftover paint that matches what’s already there.  You can then use it to start patching things up.  Otherwise, you might have to invest in a whole new tin of paint and a completely different colour!

Do I Need Special Cleaning Products?

If your park home has wooden surfaces or laminates, for example, you might want to know how to clean them and keep them looking their best.  Therefore, it’s worth asking a site owner if they recommend any brands or types of products.

Again, when moving into a park home, this might be something they tell you about as standard.  Therefore, it’s worth paying attention to any welcome booklets or documents you receive.  Otherwise, really don’t be afraid to ask about what you need to clean and polish your home.  Wooden floors and glass tables, for example, can be tricky to keep clean, so site owners might have a few tips for you that really work.

Where Did You Buy the Kitchen and Bathroom Tiles?

This falls in line with our points about decoration above.  If your home’s kitchen tiles look like they have seen better days, it makes sense to know where you can get similar items from.  It all depends, really, on how the last owners took care of things!

You’re going to need to find similar tiles, or at least those in a similar shape, so that you can easily introduce them into your existing design.  Otherwise, you could find yourself causing even more of an eyesore.

Your site owners, again, should be more than happy to give you this information.  If they are unsure, you may have to bite the bullet and completely redecorate.  You may plan to do that anyway!

Where Are the Kitchen Units From?

Once again, you may want to know where the site owners, or the home’s last owners, bought their units and white goods from.  It’s important to find this out if you can, as if you do need to replace anything or make any fixes, you can simply head to the same shop or specialist.

You should also ask for copies of invoices or receipts, where possible.  These may not be available if a homeowner was responsible for the fittings, but it never hurts to ask.

Who Supplies the Energy, Internet and Phone?

When moving into a park home, you are free to choose from various suppliers for your energy, internet, phone and entertainment.  There’s no reason for you to have to stick to the default providers unless you want to!  As you’ll be paying the bills, it makes sense to shop around for the best rates.

Therefore, as soon as you move in, make sure to take meter readings, and to ask for full details from your site owner.  Once again, this is very likely to be something that site owners will tell you about when you first move.  However, it’s again always worth checking so that you can make sure everything is above board.

Who can blame you for wanting to save money?  Some site owners might actually make it easier on you to change suppliers, in fact.  They might already have a few ideas lined up!

Where is the Boiler and/or Thermostat?

Last but not least, always ask where you can find the boiler and thermostat.  It might be the middle of summer when you move in, however, it’s crucial you keep these details in mind.  You never know when a boiler might blow, or when you need to start adjusting the hot water.

It’s also a very good idea to check your boiler for safety reasons.  Can your site owners confirm when a boiler inspection last took place?  Can they provide you with a full certificate?  A faulty boiler can be extremely dangerous, which means it’s always a good idea to keep these things in mind before moving into a park home.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions!

All of these questions are just the most common queries.  There are likely to be many, many more that you will likely want to pose to site owners when you first move in!  Therefore, don’t ever be afraid to ask important questions that could impact on your safety, or your enjoyment of your new home.

If you’d like to know more about what it’s like moving into a park home, do be sure to read our regular guides and posts.  For example, you might need to get in touch with the previous owners of your home – so why not read our guide on buying new and pre-owned park homes for the full lowdown?