Ten Things To Ask Before Moving Into A Park Home

Posted by Justin Allitt in Buying, March 15, 2016

Are you thinking of joining the existing thousands of people who live in park homes around the UK?

If so, there are a couple of questions that you need to ask yourself before moving in.

So here are the top ten questions that we receive from purchasers about their new homes here at Sell My Park Home.

1. Where Are The Gas and Electricity Meters Located?

You usually have to pay for your own gas and electricity in park homes, so it’s important to know where your gas and electricity meters are so you can keep a close eye on them.

It’s important that you regularly check on your meters and send the numbers to your provider so that you don’t get over or undercharged.

It’s also worth noting that there are a wide range of types of meters, from standard to digital to dials, and it can be easier said than done figuring out how to read them!

The meters can often be hidden away in the strangest places in park homes, so make sure that you find out where yours are before you move in.

However, it maybe that the park runs on LPG gas, in which case find out how much the bottles are and how to order them.

2. Where Is The Main Stopcock Located?

Not as rude as it sounds, the stopcock is the mains water tap for your park home. It’s important to know where yours is, especially for the winter months when there’s the possibility that pipes might burst due to frost.

If you’re unfortunate enough to have this happen to your park home and you don’t know where your stopcock is, you could be knee deep in water before you know it.

Again, these can be particularly tough to find. Yours could be either indoor or outside, and could be anywhere from under the sink to shoved away at the back of a cupboard, so it pays to find out before you move in.

3. What Days / Times Are The Bins Collected?

With blue bins, green bins, grey bins and seemingly every colour bin under the sun to think about, it can be pretty tough to stay on top of when your rubbish is supposed to be collected, especially when each one is collected on a different day.

To make sure your park home isn’t the one with a massive stinking pile of rubbish outside it, save yourself the hassle and make sure you find out your bin collection days before you move in, and get them written down.

4. Do You Have Any Instruction Manuals or Warranties on Any Appliances?

You’d think that all the appliances in your new park home would be easy enough to operate, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case!

And while the instruction manual might wind up being just as confusing as the appliance itself, it’s best to have them to hand.

It’s also really important to check what is and isn’t covered by warranties. The last thing you want is to move in and realise that everything is on its last legs and will need replacing soon.

5. Do You Have Any Old Tins of Paint the Same Colour As The Walls or Ceilings?

When you move into your new park home, chances are you might want to spruce things up a little bit.

If you notice that the paintwork in your new park home is starting to peel or crack, it’s likely that the previous owners haven’t repainted in some time.

If this is the case, and you don’t want to completely change the colour it may be worth seeing if the previous owners have any old tins which are the same shade just so you can touch it up.

6. Do Any Surfaces Need Special Cleaning Products, e.g. For Wooden Floors?

Certain surfaces require special cleaning attention, so it’s best to check with the previous tenants first.

Things such as wooden floors, or perhaps glass tables are particularly tough to clean, although once you know the stuff you need it should be fairly easy to pick up at the shops.

7. Where Were The Kitchen and Bathroom Tiles Purchased From?

Just like with the ceiling and wall paint, the kitchen and bathroom tiles might be in a bit of a bad shape depending on how much the previous owners looked after the place.

If you do need to do any retiling, you’ll want to make sure that your new ones match up with the old ones, or else you’re going to end up with a bit of a mix and match situation!

Find out where the previous owners purchased their tiles from so that you can get matching ones when the time comes to replace them.

8. Where Were The Kitchen Units Purchased From?

Just as with the kitchen tiles, it’s important that you know where kitchen units were purchased from incase you need to replace a door or a unit. Whilst you’ll always be able to find something which is a near-match, for many only a perfect replacement will do.

Ask the previous owners where they bought the kitchen from and, if possible, ask for copies of receipts or invoices to know the specific item names of each unit and the like.

9. Which Company Supplies The Gas / Electricity Energy, Broadband and Phone Line?

You’ll likely want to shop around to get the best deal on your gas, electricity, internet and phone bills, so find out who is currently providing them all and check out their prices.

It’s likely that you can get a better deal elsewhere is you have a look around, so shop around and try and save as much as you can!

As soon as you become the legal owner of your park home, you are responsible for the energy bills, so make sure that you take a meter reading as soon as you move in and notify the old supplier that you are the new owner.

10. Where Is The Boiler / Thermostat?

One of the most common things that people find they have an issue with when moving into a new home so make sure that you check out your boiler when you move in.

If your boiler hasn’t been checked in a long while, it’s worth having it done, as the consequences of a faulty boiler can be extremely dangerous.

If in doubt, it may be best to get the number or email address of the previous owners of your park home, just in case any further issues arise.