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Buying a Static Caravan
So you are thinking about buying your very own static caravan? Here are some things you may wish to think about before you purchase one...
What a static caravan can offer you:
You could use your caravan as a second home or a holiday home.
You can use it to go away for a few days on the weekend.
You can use it as an office.
You can use it to make income, renting it out to people.
You can lend it out to family and friends so they can use it.
You can change your lifestyle with more holidays and less stress.
What to look out for when buying a second hand caravan:
Like anything you buy second hand you need to check the condition to make sure you are paying the right amount of money for the caravan and make sure you know all the faults and good points about the caravan you are buying. Here are a few things you may wish to look out for...
The Caravan in general:
You should check the caravan's age, as most caravan's life span is roughly 14 years, so make sure there is enough life time on it to keep it for as long as you want. ave there been any family pets allowed in the caravan? This could cause you problems if you want to rent out as some people have allergies. Has it been a smoking or non-smoking caravan?
The first thing you should check for is any Body Shell damage there might be to the caravan. You can do this by looking all the way around the caravan for any dents and rust on the caravan. The caravan roof should be checked if possible to ensure you won't get any leaks on the inside of your caravan. he caravan doors should all have the seals intact and they should all be able to open and close and be locked, this is important for the safety of your caravan and insurance purposes. he caravan windows should also have seals, be able to open and close and all be lockable.
Within the caravan, especially an older one there is bound to be wear and tear on the inside of the caravan.
Just ensure you know what has been mended and fixed and what needs to have work done, before you buy the caravan. Below are things to look at...
The electrics within the caravan should all be working, try them by checking the lights all work, make sure all plug sockets work or ask if there are any that do not. Check the heaters for the caravan and make sure you can keep your caravan warm if you want to use it in colder months. Older caravans tend to have gas cookers, if this is the case you should check that it doesn't leak and works ok.
Check the plumbing, ensuring that nothing leaks in the bathroom or the kitchen sink, otherwise this can cause you problems.
You should also do some damp checks to make sure there isn't any damp anywhere in the caravan, sometimes damp can be found in the cupboards if not on the walls.
The Carpets and upholstery are bound to have some wear and tear, so look for any rips that may have been patched, or any wear on the carpets.
You may want to check the beds are not broken, and if the caravan comes with a sofa bed that pulls out, you may want to check that it works, and by doing this you can see how it works so if you do buy it, you know how it should come out and you do not brake it, sometimes these can be a bit tricky.