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All about Park Homes Scotland

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Scotland’s specialist in park home buying advice, repairs, renovations – and the advantages of park home living.

Words by Val Chapman

If you’re considering buying a park home in Scotland, it’s good to know there is a specialist

company in that country providing a comprehensive service, ranging from buying advice to repairs and renovations.

Park Homes Scotland’s services are tailored to park home living in Scotland. It’s an information point on buying a park home, repair and refurbishment service, plus insulation, kitchens, bathrooms and more.

Jim Haluch, himself a park home resident, and David Scott founded the company in 2013. Jim saw a need for a park home specialist company specifically in Scotland, initially to undertake repairs and renovation inspections.

“We are the only company in Scotland that offers the service that we do,” Jim told me.

What’s different about Scotland for park homes?

Harsh weather in some parts of Scotland means that maintenance and repairs take place more frequently than for homes in milder climates further south, just as it does to brick-built homes. A major part of the Park Homes Scotland service is park home renovation, for example sealing repairs following water ingress around windows and doors.

Cladding, chassis repairs and maintenance, fencing and roof repairs are all provided, together with decorating, and fitting new kitchens and bathrooms – all of particular interest to anyone considering buying a pre-owned park home.

park home cladding - before and after

They offer soffits and fascias, door canopies, decking, exterior painting. Park Homes Scotland also carries out external cladding, using CanExel Ridgewood cladding from Canada. CanExel pre-finished cladding uses wood fibre, resin, and wax fused under pressure.

Park Homes Scotland recommends this engineered wood cladding because it is highly resistant to moisture, durable and easy-maintenance.

Keeping your park home warm

As well as enhancing the appearance of a park home, cladding adds a layer and so increases insulation.Park Homes Scotland says:

“The finish on CanExel cladding comprises five coats of baked-on paint, and a sealer providing increased resistance to cracking, splitting and warping.

“CanExel cladding has been subjected to outdoor testing in seven different climates in North America. It can withstand the intense cold of the Canadian north, the humidity of Florida, the heat of Arizona, the salty air of the Nova Scotia coast and the winds that sweep the Saskatchewan prairies, so we have no worries about its performance in the Scottish climate.”

Park home buyer’s tips

Park Homes Scotland advises throughout the whole buying process, whether you are buying pre- owned or new.

If you’re buying a pre-owned park home, you can commission an Inspection and Condition report; Park Homes Scotland has developed the only park home specific home property report in the UK.

It incorporates a Park Home Information Schedule and Park Home Property Survey Report and is based exactly on the Scottish Government’s Home Report forms but adapted to apply to park homes. Park Homes Scotland is Scotland’s Goldshield approved inspector and repairer. (The GoldShield warranty scheme covers inherent defects in the structure of new park homes for up to 10 years.) Legal advice is on hand, too.

This includes any help needed understanding the Written Statement provided by a park owner at the time of purchase and also making checks on planning issues.

Find out more about Park Homes Scotland here: www.parkhomesscotland.com

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