Buying Advice: The Importance of a Survey
For buyers of pre-owned park homes, lodges and static caravan holiday homes, a survey is vital. Nick Norrie, of Subject II Survey, explains why…
Subject II Survey is an independent practice of Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Building Engineers specialising in park homes, lodges and static caravan holiday homes. The company, which carries out surveys of both pre-owned residential and leisure homes, is based in Oxfordshire and covers the whole of the UK excluding Northern Ireland. The company is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Why a survey is important
It’s a common misconception that a survey is not required for a park home. Subject II Survey’s Principal Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Building Engineer, Nick Norrie, says: “A survey is arguably more important technically for a park home than for a bricks and mortar building.
“Naturally, we assess the condition and structure of the park home or lodge, and this includes all the inside of the home, all the outside and underneath the home.
“The underneath of the park home is very important. Naturally, the condition of the chassis is assessed as this can be affected by corrosion. Also, the type and position of the supports to the chassis and the axle are assessed. This is to check that the park home or lodge is adequately supported. Hardly a week goes past without us finding the odd car jack or two that a past occupier has added. Also, the condition of the concrete base is assessed to establish if this is affected by subsidence, landslip or heave.
“In our opinion, park homes are an excellent proposition for a retirement purchase and lodges a superb choice for leisure and holiday use. But it is key to start off with a good home, and not having to spend money putting right what someone else should have done. Having a pre-purchase survey carried out will reduce the risks of making a bad decision and a costly mistake.”
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