Buying on a park
By choosing Kingston for your new home, be it on a residential or holiday park, you’ll be guaranteed the ultimate in quality and value. There are many routes to owning your own lodge on a park and this guide will provide a step by step guide as well as points to consider before talking this exciting plunge. Whether it’s on a residential site or a luxury holiday park, we know that you’ll be enjoying 5 star luxury lodge living.
Location, location, location
The first step is to look at which area of the country you’d like to be. As with bricks and mortar buildings, price will vary depending on which area of the country you choose. For example, a lodge on a park in the south west of England will be more expensive than the same lodge in the north east. You will also need to decide on whether you’d like to be on a residential park or a holiday park.
What’s the difference between a residential park and a holiday park?
Residential Parks are designed for up to year-round occupation, sometimes have age restrictions, tend to have limited facilities and prices are likely to reflect local property prices. Holiday Parks are seasonal and the time you are allowed to occupy the lodge is likely to be restricted. They are open to families and tend to have more facilities such as swimming pools, entertainment centres and clubs.
It is important that you think carefully about usage and facilities that meet your needs so that we can ensure that we help you find the right park for you, as they say on TV, Location, Location, Location!
Talking to a manufacturer
With location and type of park in mind, it’s time to talk to us so we can help make the process as smooth as possible. We’ll have a discussion about how you plan to use your lodge and your lifestyle so we can help you choose the right model and help you find the right park.
We will talk about;
Number of people that will be using the lodge
How many bedrooms you will need?
Do you have any pets?
What style of interior design you prefer?
How many parking spaces you need?
Do you prefer coast or countryside?
Once we have all the information we need, we’ll help you start looking for the park that’s right for you.
What are the benefits of us helping you find a park?
Our knowledge and experience of the holiday park sector
Our relationships with the best parks across the UK
Our negotiating power with parks in order to get you the best value possible
One of the things we regularly mention to customers is that more established parks tend to have smaller bases meaning you would most likely have to choose a small floorplan whereas newer parks have more space making them more suitable for larger models.
We tend to shortlist around six parks and then recommend you take one or two days to go and visit them and see which one feels right.
Things to consider when choosing a park
What do current owners think?
One of the most important factors in buying a lodge is the park and area chosen so it’s important to do your research. What better way to find out than seeing what the park’s current owners think?
This is the best way to find out what a park is really like and searching on Facebook and other social media sites can provide you with insight and information that you wouldn’t get from the park’s website. Most parks have an official site and ‘Owners Only’ group pages where you can see what the customer experience is like.
Prices and site fees
Not all parks are clear about the prices, and there are often ‘extra’ costs over and above the advertised. Keep the following points in mind…
Some Parks have different levels of fees dependant on the quality of the pitch which take into account factors such as pitch construction and size, parking and views. It’s important to find out as soon as possible.
Are these site fees billed annually or in instalments throughout the year?
How is gas supplied and what are the prices?
How is electricity billed?
Are the food and drink prices, quality and service competitive with the local area?
Where your lodge is situated on park and how you enjoy it whilst you’re there is an important consideration when buying a lodge, though it is often overlooked. Here are some key questions to think about.
Do all pitches have allocated or designated parking?
Are lodge owners allowed to develop their pitch, erect garden fences as well as other work to the garden area?
Are lodge owners allowed to have a shed or outside structures?
Season length, facilities and park rules
The length of season, the time of year the facilities are open and park rule restrictions are important to understand.
Here’s a list of questions to ask at each park you visit…
How long is the park open for throughout the year?
Are the facilities open all year round or just for the high season? Does the site fee price represent this?
Does the park allow pets?
How easy is it for friends and family to use the lodge and facilities at the park?
For holiday parks, can I sublet my new holiday lodge to offset the running costs?
The most important thing is to trust your instinct when choosing. You’ll know what feels right as you explore the parks and speak to current owners.
As soon as you’ve made your choice let us know and we will use our industry connections and experience to negotiate the best value for your choice of lodge on this park.
We can also negotiate prices for your second and third choice parks so you can make an informed decision for you and your family.
Now we have the agreement and price from the park, the real fun begins in designing your lodge. This is where you will choose one of our luxury models and use the unique customisation framework to create your dream lodge.
Kitchens, bathrooms, sofas and walk in wardrobes are just a few of the options available through the framework and our expert design team will be able to guide you through the process and ensure the best possible outcome for you. We can also provide specialist modifications such as accessibility alterations like widened doorframes and disability friendly bathrooms. Customers are welcome to visit our factory at any point of the design and build process to see how their lodge is coming together.
Once you’ve signed off the final designs, we’ll provide you with your guaranteed delivery dates. The production of your new lodge normally takes around 10-12 weeks.
Our team will work with the park owner to ensure that your home is delivered and sited on time, in full and error free to the Kingston standard and ready for you to enjoy.
12 Month Warranty Check
A year after the installation we’ll be back to carry out a 12-month warranty check and make sure everything is in working order.
Kingston PLH Lodge Buyers Guide
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