Difference between bungalows and park homes

Differences between park homes & bungalows

Posted by Sell My Group in News, July 12, 2017

What is the Difference between a Park Home and a Bungalow?

There can be confusion when it comes to distinguishing between conventional residential bungalows and park homes. Whilst some aspects cross over and are the same, others are completely different. So, what is the difference between a park home and a bungalow?

What does it mean to live in a park home?

Of course it is possible to live full-time in a park home, having it as your permanent residence. Many people  prefer this over living in a traditional brick built home. Park home living generally is a more secure environment. Not only due to the park having its own security, but because there is a community that is peaceful and often like-minded. It is a popular option for people in their senior years, which choose to downsize and enjoy the financial profits of their bricks and mortar home. It can also provide a real community feel for those who may not get around as much due to old age, and there can be activities organised by the residents which can bring everyone together. However UK park homes are not strictly for the elderly. They may also attract the middle aged who choose to have a park homes as their permanent residence.

How Park Homes Differ from Bungalows?

There is little difference in appearance between park homes and say a bungalow, with park homes being designed in an aesthetically pleasing way. They can be found in modern designs, or more period styles. They also can feature any extras from small patios, to full gardens, along with parking and any other features that may be desired. Inside a park home, it is even more difficult to tell the difference between this and a bungalow. This is as they are fitted with carpets or wooden flooring throughout. This alongside additional beautiful furnishings, and all the mod cons you would expect. But while there is little difference in how they look, there is in the way in which they are built.

Park homes, or mobile homes, to be placed on a UK holiday park, are constructed off-site in a specialist factory or workshop, and are required to meet the British Standard. Park homes, or permanent residence mobile homes are required to hold the residential British Standard (BS3632) .The park homes themselves are constructed using a steel frame, as well as timber, and then a man-made exterior finish is attached with provides an attractive yet weatherproof exterior.

Where does the law differ between park homes and bungalows?

The Mobile Home Acts are a set of laws that were developed in order to protect the rights of those who live in parks, in park homes. Amongst these laws are the rights to sell the park home that is on a park, regulations regarding pitch fees, and passing the home onto a family member through inheritance or other. The UK Park must be licensed for residential homes, and not just hold a license for holiday. It is up to the park home owner to check the licenses that the park holds. The owner must ensure that they hold the right license for permanent residential homes.

Found in the form of a Written Statement will be the specific rules and regulations for the park, everything from pitch fees, to whether pets are allowed. Certain rules must be abided by in specific parks.

Are park homes cheaper than conventional bungalows?

Often, park homes are cheaper to buy than conventional homes. However, it does depend on factors including the type of properties you are comparing, the size, and location. Some companies do offer finance options, like Pegasus Finance. However, the majority of purchases are cash.

After the initial purchase of the park home, the next greatest expense is the site fees. These you pay to have your home on the plot of land on the park. There may also be service charges too, like for sewage. On top of this, are the usual utility bills and council tax (usually Band A), and again these tend to be a lot cheaper than in a conventional property. The most substantial difference in monthly running costs will be noticed by those people who downsize from a large bricks and mortar home, to a park home.


Some of the main differences between park homes and bungalows;

  • Park homes are fabricated off-site and then transported to the desired location
  • Residential park homes must be constructed to meet British Standards
  • Park Homes usually, automatically, are in the lowest band for council tax
  • Park homes are in a secure environment
  • Conditions apply when selling or passing on the home to famil
  • Park home owners must abide by the rules and regulations in ‘The Written Statement’

While there are significant differences between a park home and a bungalow, both have advantages and disadvantages. You should find this article useful for weighing up information. Furthermore, you can contact the Sell My Group for further advice.