Guide to Buying a Holiday Home
Buying a holiday home for the first time may seem daunting, but here at Little Lakes Holiday Park, we like to make this whole process simple. Having your own caravan or lodge means you can escape to take holidays in our beautiful part of the world. If you think Little Lakes is the right park for you, come and have a chat with us in our Sales Office and we will give you a guided buggy tour to show you our wide range of fantastic facilities!
The next step is to choose your perfect holiday home. You can choose from pre-loved or new, a range of sizes, bedrooms and layouts. Our job is to help you find the right one for you, at the right price. Don’t forget – if we don’t have it, we can always get it! Unlike some parks, all the plots on Little Lakes are unique; if you have chosen a new holiday home, we can help you find the perfect plot. There are also no additional costs for siting and connecting your holiday home!
Once everything is in place, we will take a deposit to secure the plot whilst we complete the final few steps. All new prospective park members complete application and reference forms – once these are completed, we can site, connect and test your holiday home and its gas and electrics. We will also clean it inside and out! Buying a holiday home has never been so quick and simple. It takes just a few days for us to get everything ready for you, and then you can collect your keys, complete the sale, receive an official handover … and settle in!
It will then be time to relax in your new caravan or lodge and enjoy the benefits of being a park member. If you have any problems, simply come and see us and we will make sure it is put right. All new caravans and lodges come with a 12-month manufacturer’s warranty, and pre-owned caravans are fully gas and electric safety checked and come with a 6-month warranty on appliances.
We are closed during January when customers cannot use their holiday caravan. Whenever you come to see us, you must be taking a holiday – you cannot live in your holiday caravan or lodge.
Prices for a holiday caravan or lodge can vary up and down the country and, like conventional properties, location is a key factor influencing the cost – together with the range of facilities offered by the park. The price will then also reflect the holiday caravan you choose.
Our price will always include all of the carpets, furnishings, kitchen appliances, and other basic equipment. We will give you our price in writing to ensure there are no surprises later.
We do not charge for having the unit transported from the factory, sited on the pitch, and ‘commissioned’ (made ready for your use and connected to the utilities). Some parks do, so watch out for this! Other costs to consider will be the annual Site Fee (what you pay for the right to occupy your pitch on the park), utilities such as water, gas and electricity, plus rates and insurance for your holiday caravan. Again, we will tell you about all these in writing to ensure there are no surprises later.
It’s in your own interests to ensure that you sign a written contract (known as a License Agreement). You should also consider our Park Rules, which are binding on all our customers. We will be happy to provide you with copies of our License Agreement and Park Rules. If you buy from us, we will meet you to explain them. We want our customers to be happy that we offer what works for them.
Most definitely, not! You can use your holiday caravan for short breaks and longer holidays, and some retired people spend many of the Summer months in their holiday caravan. Bit it cannot be used as your main residence. If you lived in your holiday caravan, it would be in breach of our planning and Site License, and you would have none of the protection in law provided to occupiers of residential parks. We ask all our prospective customers for proof that they have a genuine permanent home address elsewhere. A ‘paper’ address is not enough; you must really live there. We are required to ensure the holiday caravans are for holiday use only so, for example, our customers should not work locally and commute from their holiday caravan or enrol children into local schools. They should be registered to vote at their main place of residence too.
This important holiday requirement is included in our License Agreement, which would be your contract with us, and must be respected. If you broke this contract term, you would be asked to stop doing so. If you were to fail to comply, we would be entitled to terminate the contract and ask you to remove your holiday caravan. The planning authority might also take action against you for breach of the holiday rule.
Our contract does not allow your holiday caravan to be used as a main residence, even on a temporary basis.