If you’ve been considering retiring to a park home, you may be looking forward to a slower pace of living and the amazing benefits of park home living. Downsizing to a park home can free up equity that you can use to make the most of your retirement. Plus, you have the added benefit of living in a community of like-minded people of a similar age group in a safe residential environment!
There are many reasons to choose to retire to a residential home, like Riverside Meadow, but you may be wondering about what it’s actually like to live in a park home and how much work is required to keep your home well maintained.
Easier to maintain than traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ houses
Firstly, a park home is much smaller than your traditional home and so it is much easier to maintain on a long-term basis! The compact design of your home means that everything is on one level, making it super easy to keep the place clean and tidy. What’s more, there is no need to worry about traipsing up and down stairs and the potential risk of a fall. As the space is smaller, it is can also cost much less to heat and power, meaning your bills will be cheaper too!
Built to last
Park homes are designed to extremely high specifications, meeting British Standard BS 3632. They are also designed with effective insulation and to optimise energy efficiency, so you can be sure that your home is high quality and perfect for year-round living. What’s more, the life span of modern park homes, if cared for well, is said to last on average 70-80 years, or longer!
Maintaining your chassis
Aside from all the regular maintenance that you would expect to carry out on any home such as changing lightbulbs, or repairing any damaged items or faulty plumbing, maintaining your chassis is specific to park homeownership. This is the underlying structure and framework that supports your property. This is rarely an issue with new properties but with ageing properties, it’s just something to be aware of. A professional can carry out checks on your chassis and any maintenance it may require to guarantee your park home is structurally sound.
As with any home, it is important to ensure the ongoing security of your park home by carrying out safety checks. Whilst the park owner will supply your utilities, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of gas and electrical installations on your property. These types of checks can be carried out by a qualified professional. If you need advice on who to contact for services, your park owner will be happy to help you out!
Any grassy area and the ground around your pitch is also your responsibility to keep clean and tidy. This again, will be much smaller than a typical garden and require little effort to maintain. Your pitch fee is paid to the park owner who ensures all public places on the park are well maintained and suited for use
External walls, roofing, windows and doors
As your home ages, it’s important to keep a check on the elements of your property that may become weather-worn. Repainting the exterior walls may be necessary, the roof must be kept in a good condition and any windows and door seals need to be checked! These are just things to be mindful of and any repairs required can be carried out by an experienced professional while you put your feet up and enjoy your retirement.
Overall, maintaining your park home is easy! Compared to traditional housing, the smaller size of your property effectively decreases the amount of maintenance needed. What’s more, the park owner will always be on hand to offer you advice, guidance and support, if you need it!
If you want to know more about the finer detail of park home maintenance, check out our park rules here. Riverside Meadow is a stunning residential development located in beautiful South Devon. If you’re interested in buying one of our brand new retirement homes, give us a call on 01392 874771 or fill out our contact form for more information.