If you’re considering buying a static caravan, there’s lots to think about, including the size of static caravan you require, the cost to buy, and the location of where it will sit. You’ll probably be thinking about things such as the length of time the site is open for throughout the year and if it is child or dog friendly, amongst other things.
One thing that should not be overlooked, when you are thinking of purchasing a static caravan are site fees.
What are static caravan site fees?
Static caravan site fees or pitch fees are payable, by you, to rent the land on which your static caravan is sited, if it is not your own land. Site fees can differ greatly depending on location, the type of park you choose, on-site facilities, and level of on-site maintenance provided. If you purchase and/or site a static caravan in an area which is popular with tourists, you will pay more for the privilege. Site fees will cover you for an entire year, but if you pitch your static caravan on your own private land there will be no fees to pay.
What is included in static caravan site fees?
As mentioned above, static caravan site fees pay for land rental and any additional space you occupy, such as a garden area. Park maintenance usually covers park upkeep, such as grass cutting, landscaping, and other maintenance, which may be required.
Other things often covered include:
- Park security, including security personnel, electric gates, and CCTV cameras
- On-site facilities, such as restaurants, bars, shops, parks, and leisure centres
- Refuse collection
- Winter preparation services, such as draining down your static caravan
What is covered will vary from site to site, so it’s a good idea to find out what you will get for your money, before committing.
How much do site fees cost?
Sellmygroup.co.uk say site fees generally start at around £2,000 per year and may go as high as £10,000 for a premium holiday park with outstanding facilities, in a much sought after location.
To lower your site fees, you may want to consider:
- Choosing smaller, independent holiday parks with lower fees
- Opting for a smaller plot or smaller caravan
- Changing your pitch
- Choosing holiday parks with fewer on-site facilities
- Areas with lots of parks, as they may have lower rates
- Less affluent areas
Do I need to pay static caravan site fees upfront?
Most parks offer a single or monthly instalment plan, but you can also pay the annual fee upfront in one lump sum if you wish to do so. Payments can be made via Direct Debit, bank transfer, or a secure online portal. Your buying agreement should outline payment terms, but if you’re unsure speak to the park owner for further clarification.
What other costs do I need to consider?
Alongside site fees, you will need to pay for gas and electric and the upkeep of your static caravan. Other costs to consider include rates, TV licence, and depreciation. This article from The Holiday Park Guru explains the implications of these in detail; you can read the article here.
In addition to the above, protecting your static caravan against theft, and accidental damage to the structure or contents is something you should also consider. While static caravan insurance isn't a legal requirement, as it is with a vehicle, most holiday parks will require you to have it in order to keep your static caravan on their sites.
Our static caravan cover is packed with great features, so you know you’re in good hands. For more information, visit our static caravan insurance page.
Our quick guide to buying a static caravan highlights some things for consideration, before committing to buy.
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