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July 17, 2023

What maintenance costs do holiday homes require?


Owning a holiday home is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it also comes with some costs. Here at Holgates, we want to ensure that each holidaymaker staying at one of our parks in Cumbria, Lancashire or the Ribble Valley has a stress-free and enjoyable holiday, which is why we take the maintenance of our homes seriously.

Before you commit to purchasing a holiday home, it’s essential that you understand all the maintenance costs associated with owning one. Before you make the choice to purchase a holiday home, make sure you’re familiar with the ongoing costs you’ll be expected to pay.

Do I Need To Pay Maintenance Fees At A Holgates’ Holiday Home?

If you purchase a holiday home at Holgates, you will be responsible for upkeep and maintenance of your own property, in addition to several other fees. The actual fees you’ll be responsible for paying will depend on a range of factors, including the holiday park you choose, the type of accommodation you purchase and the type of plot your holiday home is located on.

While we’ll go into more detail below, it’s always better to get in touch with Holgates’ friendly support staff for more specific running and maintenance costs associated with your chosen holiday home.

Do I Need To Pay Maintenance Cost?

Typically, you should only expect to pay maintenance costs when there’s a problem with your holiday home. That could include anything from repairs to safety checks to home-specific plumbing or gas issues. One regular maintenance cost would be a boiler service every 12 months,. and winter drain downs.

At Holgates, we have an on-site after-care team who can offer advice and recommendations when it comes to maintenance and upkeep of your holiday home. Most of our holiday homes will offer warranty cover too for that added peace of mind.

For more information on the specific maintenance requirements and responsibilities, you should get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team today.

What Annual Running Costs Should I Be Expected To Pay?

At Holgates, there are several ownership fees that you need to budget for, including:

  • Pitch Fees
  • Service Charge Rates
  • Holiday Home Insurance
  • Gas and Electric usage
  • Ad-hoc Maintenance Charges

What Are Pitch Fees?

Pitch fees are the annual fee you pay to keep your holiday home on the park grounds. This covers the cost of site usage, facilities access where applicable and maintenance of the grounds etc…

The cost of your pitch fees depends on a range of different factors, including the location of the park and the size and type of holiday home you own. It’s important to note that pitch fees are usually one-off annual payments, and they don’t include any additional service fees or maintenance costs. They are also reviewed each year and usually have an inflationary increase.

What Are Service Charge Rates?

Service charge rates vary from park to park.  These charges cover water, refuse collection and waste. The cost of electricity is metered and gas is a separate charge on a bottled or metered basis, Metered utilities are payable every three months, whilst bottled gas can be ordered as and when is needed.

What Is Holiday Home Insurance?

Holiday home insurance is essential for protecting your holiday home from any unexpected damages. It’s important to note that most insurers will require you to keep your holiday home in good condition and maintain it regularly in order to ensure the validity of your insurance policy.

The cost of your insurance will usually depend on the value of your holiday home and the items you keep inside it.

A member of our staff will discuss your specific insurance requirements when you visit our park or choose to purchase a holiday home and a quote for our cover can be given.

Do I Need To Pay For Electricity & Gas In My Holiday Home?

Electricity and gas are typically charged on a pay as you go basis. Gas is most commonly bottled, however select parks and plots have a piped connection for additional convenience. Electricity is a metered supply payable every three months.

Here at Holgates, we’ve worked to make the entire process as simple as possible, helping you to avoid the stress and headache of worrying about your bills before you’re even settled in.

Of course, it’s important to bear in mind that maintenance costs can vary depending on your holiday home, its location and other factors. It’s always a good idea to get in touch with our friendly staff for more specific advice and recommendations concerning running and upkeep costs associated with ownership of a holiday home on any of our Holgates’ holiday parks.

For Luxury Holiday Homes With Affordable Maintenance Costs, Call Holgates’ Holiday Parks Today

Here at Holgates Holiday Parks, we’re proud to offer a wide range of holiday homes for sale, including static caravans, lodges and glamping pods to suit your needs.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you find the perfect holiday home for you and your family. For more information regarding buying a holiday home with us, or the maintenance costs associated with ownership in more detail, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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