What is a Park Home?
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A park home is a detached bungalow-style home, usually set in a private estate, where they're located on plots known as 'pitches'.
In law, they are known as 'mobile homes' and are covered by their own legislation - the Mobile Homes Act 1983, as amended by the Housing Act 2004, and the Mobile Homes Act 2013 (in England) - there are also legal provisions in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Park homes are built to comply with British Standard BS3632, which dictates stringent health and safety standards. For more about the legalities click here.
Park homes are designed to be lived in permanently - modern ones are well insulated and have central heating, double glazing and energy-efficient boilers. In November 2016, an updated British Standard came into force; NCC manufacturer members now build to this revised, improved Standard - BS3632:2015. The new homes built to this specification are more energy efficient and with better sound insulation, making them more comfortable and cheaper to run.
It is easy to maintain a park home, so you can spend your time and money on more interesting things!
There is enormous flexibility in design, layout and size. A park home usually has between one and three bedrooms, sometimes with an ensuite, plus a sitting room, dining area, fully fitted kitchen and bathroom/s. Most have manageable gardens and plenty of parking spaces; some have garages.
Park homes are usually fully furnished although you can opt for part- or un-furnished. A furnished home includes loose and fitted furniture, wall to wall carpets/laminate and soft furnishings, and a full range of appliances.Â Park homes are connected to services such as water, electricity, gas (sometimes LPG), telephone, drains and sewers.
Top tip: Your park home may be eligible for protection under the Goldshield Ten Year Warranty Scheme.