Should I have my Park Home Surveyed?

There still appears to be a laissez-faire kind of attitude to Park Home Surveys. I find this quite incredible.

Now look, I know a little bit about cars – I used to own a Triumph GT6 Mk II and if you’ve ever had to change the rotoflex couplings on one, you’ll know where I’m coming from – and have done the vast majority of the maintenance on the succession of vans I’ve owned ever since. But I wouldn’t even buy a £2k runabout without having an independent inspection carried out on it.

Out there in Park Home Fantasyland, you’ve got folk paying out vast – and I mean vast – sums, some new Homes reaching nearly £300k nowadays, and they won’t -whether through ignorance or trust in the salesman or indeed that laissez-faire attitude – fork out for an independent £400-odd survey. Madness.

First things first, you should only ever buy any kind of Park Home after having a Survey. That includes new as well as old.

I’ve lost count of the number of folk who claim that they didn’t need a survey because they themselves have or they know somebody else who’s been in the building trade all his life. There’s little comparison between bricks and mortar and Park Homes – even the common features of roof, walls and windows are completely different materials and construction.

If you’re a buyer and fail to have a survey carried out, you are entering a possible world of pain, both financial and mental … and with some homes, possibly physical too! Just because the vast majority of Park Home residents are older folk does not mean that they are all sweetness and light and upstanding citizens … they’re just like the rest of us with the same proportion of good and bad and middling.

By that I mean that amongst the honest folk there’s the same ratio of bodgers, misers, conmen and cheats that are in the rest of society. So what might outwardly seem a beguiling purchase may not be what it purports to be. Without a Survey, you’ll never know until the problems start when you get to know the Home.

So why New Homes and Lodges as well? Surely they come with all sorts of guarantees and suchlike I hear you say. Indeed they do, but any New Home could have underfloor faults that you wouldn’t even know about until years later, that’s beside any snagging problems that any new Home would have whether bricks and mortar or Park Home.

Poor initial siting of the Home can lead to problems throughout the life of it. The problems we see – including but not limited to – sloping/flooding concrete bases, homes neither supported nor levelled correctly, no air gap, poor paint finish on the chassis, gaping utilities holes in the moisture barrier/insulation, unlagged or poorly lagged pipes, excess mortar and muck, dirt and debris strewn throughout and water leaks from poorly fitted wastes, soil and sometimes feed pipes. Outside we’ve seen brick steps too heavy for the ground, leaking gas connections, lack of airbricks in skirting and poor drainage.

A good Surveyor will find all these faults and you have the chance to have them put right – at the Seller’s expense and headache rather than yours – before you move in – or get the money off the sale for you to get it done yourself to your satisfaction.

There’s a world of difference in having the Home and its’ faults (if any I hasten to add, there are folk who do a great job out there) sorted before you move in.

Once you’re in and you begin to find faults, you will have to play the old ‘Whose responsibility is it?’ game. Park Owner/Manager? Siters? Manufacturer? Gold/Platinum Seal Warranty? Estate Agent? Insurance?

I would imagine you’ve got better and more fruitful things to do.

Get it independently surveyed, old or new before you move in. You’ll thank me one day.


Park Home Surveys

If you’re just looking at an underfloor/crawl space Survey, contact us on 01234 300587.

However, if you’re in need of a Survey for the whole Home, the site and its’ environs, we can thoroughly recommend Subject II Survey of Bicester.






Chassis Doctor Ltd

Hi and welcome to our Web Site/Blog.

We’re here to give advice to Park Home residents and to cut through all the nonsense and downright lies that most Park Home Refurbishers and Chassis Companies spout.

We’re based in Bedford, but cover most of England and Wales. Due to the distances & time involved, we do charge more for work oop North or in the deep south-west of Cornwall and very west Wales. Don’t blame us if you live there, blame the rubbish road system and the fact we pay our lads very well to carry out what is probably the worst job in the world … travelling for hours to and from jobs means they still have to be paid and the Company isn’t earning!

We’re not beholden to any Park Home Manufacturer, we don’t have any ties to Park Home Refurbishers, we don’t get kickbacks from anyone. We’re not members of any Industry back-slapping and price-fixing organisations and we don’t have any arrangements with Park Owners. We don’t advertise in the glossy magazines titled ‘Park Home this and that’ because they accept adverts from anyone with the money and carry out no background checks or assurances as to how qualified they are to do the work they’re touting for.

We’re completely – and proudly – independent.

If we recommend someone, it’s because we’ve seen their work and seen their prices.  There are plenty of cowboys in this Industry and we know who they are. This doesn’t only include the doorknockers  and ‘Rogue Trader’ conmen – some of the biggest rip-off merchants are among the best known names in the Industry.

What this means is that we work solely – and uniquely – for you. We’re not cheap, but neither are we expensive. We charge fair prices, use the best equipment and the best materials.

Our Underfloor Surveys are the best in the business. We won’t lie to you. If something needs doing, we’ll tell you and that includes things we don’t do – for instance, we’ll advise if you need an Electrical or Gas check – we won’t hold back for fear of ‘losing the job’.

We’re not everyone’s cup of tea and we accept that. If you don’t like straight talking, don’t call, simple as that.

OK, enough of the negatives!

We’re very, very good at what we do. Whether it’s a complete underfloor refurbishment to just a Jack replacement, we carry out the job with a high degree of professionalism and care.

We give full 10 year Guarantees on our work and photograph everything before, during and after the work so that you can see for yourselves exactly what we’ve done, and so you have a record to show prospective buyers if you ever come to  sell your home and the peace of mind of knowing that all has been carried out to the letter.

Email us or give us a call today and put your mind at rest.

01234 300587