As we get older or closer to retirement, the idea of downsizing our home to something a little bit more manageable is an attractive one.
However, it can be hard to find the right place, especially in the UK where house prices have risen to an all time high.
So what are the alternatives? Well, one of the increasingly popular options is to buy a park home. Here are five reasons to choose a park home as your downsize option.
The first and most important thing to consider when moving to a new home of any kind is the cost. Park homes are a fantastic financial investment for people looking to downsize because the average prices are much cheaper than a traditional home.
We spoke to Sell My Park Home, a park home estate agents who told us, “Park homes are cheaper for a number of reasons, making them a great investment.
“By just taking a quick scan through even the most luxurious park homes, you will quickly see just how big the price gap is between them and a traditional bricks and mortar home.”
As well as being much cheaper, they generally cost less to run. On top of this, an increasing number of newly constructed park homes are being fitted with things like solar panels, so that they are at least partly self-sufficient.
Peace & Quiet
Another benefit of choosing to downsize to a park home is the relative peace and quiet on offer. Park home sites are always based outside of towns and cities, meaning that there is no passing traffic, no constant emergency sirens and even very little footfall because they are private plots.
Because the majority of park home residents are elderly or retirees, they are generally looking for a quieter life experience. So, if that is the sort of thing you’re looking for, then a park home is the perfect fit.
However, if you do enjoy socialising, there is plenty to do if you want to get involved. Many park homes have societies and other local groups which allow residents to enjoy their hobbies with others, so when it comes to peace and quiet, you can have your cake and eat it.
One of the great things about downsizing to a park home is the locations up for grabs. As mentioned earlier, park home sites are usually based outside the hustle and bustle of town and city life, which often means they are close to very scenic or touristy locations.
If you search through this list of retirement hotspots from BT and then take a look at the park home market, you’ll soon see that many of them match up.
Choosing to move to stunning scenic areas of the country such as Cornwall or the Lake District would cost a small fortune if you choose to buy a traditional home, but a park home makes living in the most beautiful parts of the country much more affordable.
Bigger than You’d Expect
A common misconception with park homes is that they are just slightly nicer caravans, which is far from the truth. Things have come a long way in recent years and they are much more homely and larger than you’d think.
Modern models have all the mod-cons and proper sized bedrooms so that there is plenty of room to have guests around when you please.
This article from the Mail Online is a perfect example of the high quality of modern park homes and the comfort on offer.
It’s entirely rational to be concerned about home safety when considering moving home. Another reason to downsize to a park home is that they are always in very secure sites.
Generally away from main roads, often with a guarded gate and no traffic running through the site, there are few other places you’ll find with similar standards of safety.