Staycations – holidaying close to home – has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Reports from 2014 suggest that this trend has had its effect on the caravan market, with van sales on the increase.
Wales offers beautiful countryside, urban settings, cuisine, culture and an array of attractions, making it a great place to holiday, as well as live. With that in mind, here is some helpful advice for buying a static caravan in Wales.
Choosing Your Holiday Park
Considering parks prior to caravan purchase may seem strange, but it is actually easier as moving a static van to a new location can be costly and stressful. When it comes to choosing a holiday park, there is a lot to consider. The importance of this decision is similar to considering property location, as unless you decide to move your caravan in the future, you will be visiting the park for years to come.
When choosing your park, ask yourself: Where would you ideally like to spend your holidays and leisure time? Is it within reasonable driving distance?
Purchasing Your Caravan
When you have selected your park, you are in the perfect position to purchase your caravan. To save you time and hassle, the majority of parks have new and used vans for sale.
Just like choosing your park, there are a lot of important issues to consider when purchasing your caravan. One of the most important issues here is finding a caravan with an adequate amount of space. This is a long term investment, so if you have a family, choose a berth that will allow growth. While you may not want to spend on those extra couple of feet, they can make a huge difference in a compact environment.
Finances are a key issue. Obviously, the specification, size and age of the caravan will determine the initial outlay, but there are also park fees to contend with. Fees are not always as straight forward as buying. For example, the fees for some parks do not include gas or water, so make sure you find this out before committing.
However, while this process can be costly, you can also be financially rewarded through caravan ownership, as you can rent out your van. Annual site fees are commonly between £2000 and £3000, but weekly rental for a static caravan can reach an excess of £300. Rent during the peak season and you will quickly find yourself making money.