On site Caravans can be an amazing holiday home option for families if they want to enjoy more time together and also embrace the great outdoors. The trouble is that many people don’t know much about how to go about researching On site Caravans, what to keep in mind and what costs are involved. Here is a 5 point Checklist to start you off on the right track when you start to look at onsite caravans for sale.
Firstly it’s important to understand how the permanent Onsite Caravan ownership works. You will purchase the permanent Onsite Caravan from the owner of the van for a sum between $5,000 and $50,000. You are purchasing the van itself, however, you do not own the land. The park owner gives permission to all owners of On site Caravans to keep their vans within the park grounds. For this privilege, they will charge a quarterly rent for the lot your van sits on. The park management can redevelop the site down the track and ask you to leave and this is the risk an Onsite Caravan owner takes when purchasing.
To prevent any surprises when investigating an On site Caravan for sale, ask the neighboring Caravan park owners if they think there are any future plans in the next few years, they should have the inside scoop.
Research the Park
While you may find a beautiful onsite caravans for sale, and decide to purchase, make sure you like the park its parked in. What is the clientele like? Are they loud and noisy? If you have children, is the park – children orientated? Make sure there is good security around the park and it’s not easy for strangers to enter the park. Is the location of the park near your home? As this is an investment that is dependent on maximising usage, make sure that you are not too far away from the park. After a long week of work, you may not be enthusiastic to visit your On site Caravan if its far from your home.
Speak to Management
When contemplating onsite caravans for sale, do not just speak to the van owner, make sure you also speak to the park management. Firstly ask them if there are any future plans for the park and if that does happen in the future, then how much notice will the owners of the On site Caravans get.
Secondly, ask them if you wish to make a modification to your On site Caravan site what is allowed and what is not? You may want to make renovations in future years and if you do not ask before purchase, you may be disappointed later.
What is Included?
An onsite caravans for sale may be large and have plenty of great features and mod cons. The higher end On site caravans can have entertainment features such as wifi, plasma TV’s, and plenty of modern furniture. If you are excited about these things, make sure you ask if they are included in the purchase price. If not then perhaps they are open to including. Take plenty of photos when you visit the On site Caravans as you will need to refresh your memory when you are back at home.
It’s easy to get excited about purchasing a holiday home, jet ski or a boat. These are all luxury items and are only a good purchase if you are committed to using them frequently. The challenge with On site caravans is that there are ongoing costs that need to be paid for. If you are paying $5,000 per year in site rental and you are only using the On site Caravan twice a year then its perhaps better to pay nightly rates for your twice a year visit.
On the flip side, if you are committed to becoming a frequent visitor and keen to use during peak school holiday periods when nightly rates are at their highest, then an On site Caravan might be a great investment for you and your family. You will be able to visit your holiday home whenever you like and not need to ask for availability or nightly rates. It can also be reassuring if you have a holiday home where you can keep your holiday equipment year round. Entertainment items such as fishing rods, pool and beach toys, sun chairs and much more. It can be a home away from home.
Julian Rembrandt has spent the last 10 years in the hotel industry across Australia and Asia. Permanent Onsite Caravans have been around for many decades but the knowledge about how to make the right purchase decision has been limited. Julian helps to educate people on the best ways to go about owning an Onsite Caravan. Julian Rembrandt owns and operates Holidaylife.com.au, a listing site for onsite caravans for sale.