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March 25, 2023

What should I look for when buying a holiday home?


Are you considering buying a holiday home? If so, Holgates’ beautiful holiday parks in South Cumbria, Ribble Valley and North Lancashire could be the perfect place for you. With nearby access to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, Holgates range of park  locations are ideal for those looking to get away from it all.

When you’re looking at buying a lodge or static caravan, there are a lot of things you’ll need to consider. From budget to location, size and amenities, there’s a lot to think about.

Here at Holgates, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of things that you need to consider, and questions you need to answer, before you commit to purchasing a holiday home in the UK.

What Is The Right Location?

The first thing you should consider when looking to acquire a holiday home is finding the right location. Location is everything when it comes to your holiday home, and you want to make sure it’s in a place that you’ll love and that is an ideal journey time to make the most of your retreat..

For example, Holgates’ holiday parks all  provide beautiful scenery and access to local attractions like walking trails, cycling paths and wildlife reserves. You just need to research which is right for you and your family.

Do I Need to Rely On Local Transport?

Another important factor to consider when buying a holiday home is transport links. You don’t want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere, so it’s important to think about how you will be getting to and from your holiday home.

At Holgates, our parks are easily accessible by car, some of which have good links with public transport, making them great for those who are looking for convenience without compromising on beautiful locations in the countryside and along the coast..

Do I Require Access to Amenities?

When you’re deciding on where to buy a holiday home, it’s important to make sure you have access to all the necessary amenities. You’ll want to check the location of local shops and services, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and leisure activities.

Do I Need Access to Nature On My Doorstep?

If you plan on spending more time surrounded by nature, then choosing a holiday park in a rural location can be the perfect option. At Holgates, our choice of holiday parks offer beautiful countryside and stunning views, some also with sea views!

What Size of Property Do I Need?

The next thing you need to think about is the size of property you are looking for. Holiday homes come in all layouts and sizes, so it’s important to consider what sort of space you need. Do you need justone-bedroom or a family-friendly 3-bed family home?

At Holgates, we offer a range of properties from cost caravans to family sized lodges and everything in between. Across our various parks, we also offer a wide range of additional accommodation for extended family or celebration stays to  choose from, including static caravans, cottages, lodges, pods and more. Something you may also want to explore on your park visit.

How Much Are You Looking to Spend?

Budget is an important factor to consider when you are looking to buy a holiday home. Depending on your budget, you can find a range of properties at different prices. At Holgates, we offer competitively priced properties across our variety of holiday parks.

It’s also important to think about the annual fees and charges associated with owning a holiday home. This includes pitch fees, energy bills, insurance and maintenance costs.

Is It Possible to Get Finance On A Holiday Home?

In some instances, yes, you can get finance to fund purchasing a  holiday home. Our team can help arrange finance to help you fund your purchase.

Holiday Use Only

Holgates holiday homes are purely for recreational use only.  It’s important to know you can’t stay at your holiday home all the time and you will need to have a permanent residence somewhere else. Council tax bills from your home address are required to demonstrate this before purchase and the park will check each year as a condition of your licence.

Check The Legal Fine Print

Of course, wherever you’re buying a holiday home, it’s extremely important that you check the legal fine print. This includes the terms and conditions of ownership, park rules as well as anything else that may be relevant to your particular situation.

At Holgates, our team of experienced advisors are here to help you understand what’s involved and make sure everything is crystal clear before you commit to buying a holiday home.

How Much Maintenance Is Needed?

Buying a holiday home means that it’s your responsibility to keep it clean and tidy. You may also need to take on some repairs or renovations from time to time. .

Here at Holgates, our dedicated After Sales department can provide advice and on-site support when it comes to maintaining your holiday home.

Is Buying A Holiday Home Worth It In The Long Run?

Holiday homes are a great investment in terms of your family time and for creating memories. Being a holiday home owner offers an excellent opportunity to escape to tranquil surroundings and make wonderful holiday memories that last a lifetime. If you’re looking for a great way to spend time with your family and friends, then buying a holiday home could be just the thing.

At Holgates, we offer a selection of high-quality properties that are perfect all-year-round. Whether you’re looking to enjoy cosy winter evenings with your partner, or explore the great outdoors in the height of summer, buying a Holgates holiday home can be the perfect choice!

For more information, or to arrange a visit to one of our holiday parks in Lancashire, Cumbria or the Ribble Valley, don’t hesitate to get in touch today and book a Park visit.

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