As first time holiday home owners, we know you’ll be extremely exciting and looking forward to spending your holidays surrounded by nature in the comfort of your cosy second home. To ensure that your moving in process is seamless as possible and that you get the most out of your holiday home, we’ve compiled a list of top tips for first time static caravan owners. Here we share just some of the things you should consider after buying your new or pre-owned caravan holiday home.
Personalise your space
Now that you have a park home to call your own, you can begin to personalise your space. Accessorise your static caravan with your favourite soft furnishings and maybe even add some ornaments and family photos to create a home from home environment.
Remember to stock up on all the essentials, including kitchen staples, cleaning equipment and bedding. Having this ready and waiting will mean you won’t have to stop at the shops on your journey, which can eat into precious time at your holiday home. For the warmer days, consider investing in some outdoor furniture so you can sit out and soak in the sun in comfort.
We highly recommend, leaving some board games and books in your static caravan to keep you and your future guests occupied. You may also choose to leave selection of clothes at the property, so that you won’t have lots to pack. Having everything set up means you can relax and unwind as soon as you arrive!
Explore the area
Owning a second home means you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your surroundings better. Head out into nearby towns and villages and discover splendours in your local area. From popular tourist attractions to the hidden gems, you will find plenty to keep you entertained
One of the best things about owning a holiday home is you can afford to explore at a slower pace. You can live like a local and venture off the beaten track to discover lesser known beauty spots. If you run out of time – simply head back on your next visit!
Bond with your neighbours
There is a high likelihood you will be seeing your neighbours quite often, so why not spend some time getting to know them better. Arranging a get together is a wonderful way to form a sense of community, which will help you feel more at home in your static caravan. They might even give you a few tips!
Your caravan park might host fun home owner events and activities that you can get involved in to make your stay even more entertaining. At Hawthorns Park for instance, many of owners enjoy games on our 9 hole putting green.
We highly recommend making sure your static caravan is well-kept and in good working order through regular maintenance. Keeping up with day to day chores will ensure your holiday home looks great for years to come. Many site licence agreements require that homeowners maintain high standards and keep your caravan exterior clean. New caravans usually come with a manufacturers warranty. These often have basic standards you need to uphold in order to make a claim should anything go wrong.
Prepare for the winter
Most caravan parks have closed seasons, usually in the winter, so it’s likely that you won’t have access to your static caravan year round. It can get quite chilly in the early part of the year, so you will need to carry out some tasks to reduce the chance of damage when the weather turns. Here are some important things to make sure you tick off your checklist before leaving at the end of the season:
- Drain your pipes to decrease the likelihood of freezing. Some holiday parks offer this as a service.
- Place dehumidifiers in all rooms to avoid dampness and condensation
- Turn off your water supply
- Switch off your gas and electricity
Be security aware
It’s important to make sure your static caravan is safe and secure if you’re leaving it for extended periods of time. This is especially true at the end of the season, when you won’t be there for a couple of months. Always store valuables out of sight and make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked when leaving your home from home.
At Hawthorns, our park wardens are onsite throughout the winter months for added peace of mind.
Static caravans at Hawthorns Park
If you’re still looking for your perfect escape, then consider a visit to Hawthorns Park Caravans in Lancashire. Our multi-award winning caravan park is situated within easy reach of the stunning Lake District and close to the wonderful Yorkshire Dales. It’s an ideal sanctuary to relax and unwind.
We have a wide selection of luxurious static caravans for sale – all finished to an exceptional standard. Our park homes come fully furnished with modern interiors and high quality fixtures and fittings. Most homes come with integrated appliances and en-suite bathrooms. Raised patios and decking can be arranged as an optional extra on some pitches.
If you’d like to know more about owning a holiday home in Lancashire, please get in touch. Our friendly and experienced team can answer any questions and arrange for you to tour our tranquil grounds and learn more about the benefits of static caravan ownership.