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.