Top Tips on Maintaining Your Park Home

Your park home insurance covers for the unexpected. General maintenance and wear and tear will, unfortunately, not be covered by most insurers. So how can you combat wear and tear and keep your park home well maintained all year round? Here are our top tips on keeping your home in tip top condition.

1. Ensure your park home is on solid foundations

This helps with its stability and the longevity of your home. Look out for cracks in the concrete and report them to your site owner. It’s also important to check the chassis from time to time, particularly if your home is over 10 years old.

2. Check for broken seals around windows and doors

This helps prevent any damp, mould or mildew. We are unable to cover damage caused by broken seals on windows or doors so make sure these are well maintained.

3. Regularly check your roofing and ensure it’s well maintained

If there is a storm and the roof is not in a good state of repair in the first place then this may not be covered by your park home insurance. We’d also recommend you check guttering to ensure it is clear and free from any breaks/holes as overflowing of water that causes damage to the home will not be covered by your insurance policy.

4. If you leave your home unoccupied for more than 30 days

Drain the water systems prior to leaving. This is important as your policy does not provide cover for escape of water and frost damage when the home is unoccupied for more than 30 days. It is also important to ensure that you lock all doors and windows to help prevent theft whilst the home is unoccupied.

5. Valuable items

If you have any expensive jewellery or valuable items in your home that you need to insure, make sure you have specified these on your policy to ensure they are covered. Also, if you have any items that wish to insure whilst away from the home these will also need to be specified.

6. Weatherproofing your park home

It’s recommended that the textured coating is repainted every three years to ensure the home is weather proof. Cracks can occur in the coating that will allow water to penetrate and ultimately cause the wall behind to rot. It’s a good idea to do a visual inspection of the walls in the autumn and spring for any cracks, these can then be rectified before any serious damage occurs.

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