Retirement Living: Considering A Park Home
Posted on: 21 March 2016 by James Brockbank
Wondering whether you should sell your home and move into a residential park home upon entering retirement?
As many of us consider or approach retirement, its exciting to look ahead at how you are going to spend it. After working hard for so long, doing the best for your family, its about time you laid back and enjoyed some time of your own.
Choosing where to live is a big part of retirement, with so many options available. Some choose to head abroad, others stay put and others like to downscale.
Downscaling or finding a more suitable property makes sense to plenty of retirees because there is no longer any need for a large property now the kids have moved out, and the grandchildren have grown up.
If the thought of moving abroad is not your cup of tea but you still want to find somewhere a bit more fitting to your needs, why not consider a park home?
Here are a number of great reasons a park home is the perfect choice for retirement living.
The Cost of Buying
The first thing you’ll find once you start to shop around for a park home is that they are great value for money. In comparison to buying a typical bricks and mortar house, you are likely to find a park home with the same amount of bedrooms for a cut price.
One of the reasons for this is location, with most park home locations being comfortably on the outskirts of town.
If you plan on selling your current home before, then you should comfortably find somewhere for less than the price your home goes for.
To get a good grasp on what you can get for what price, we spoke to Justin Allitt of Sell My Park Home who outlined to us, "Many looking at park homes for the first time are surprised at just how much they can get for their money. For many, the prospect of selling their home and moving into a residential park home can free up large sums of money to allow a more than comfortable retirement in pleasant surroundings."
Peace and Quiet
When many of us retire it’s to get away from the hustle and bustle of town and city life to have some well earned peace and quiet.
Opting to move into a park home can almost certainly guarantee this because so many of them are based well out the way of major locations.
This, combined with other park home owners who are either like minded retirees or occasional holiday goers means there will be as much quiet as you can shake a stick at.
The Cost of Living
Alongside the fact that buying the home will save you a decent chunk of cash, there is plenty of money to be saved in the running of your park home.
Many of these park homes are made from environmentally friendly and energy saving materials which means your home will stay nice and warm for as long as possible.
Secondly, the park home you choose is likely to be smaller than your current home so it will take less to heat it through, meaning those winter bills will be a lot lower than previous years.
Thirdly, there is a growing number of park homes which are at least partly self powered. Developers are increasingly turning to solar power and other alternative power sources which again will save you a great deal.
A good example of a eco friendly park home can be seen here in this post from Tree Hugger.
A main theme running through this piece is the saving of money. Retirement is all about winding down from working life and enjoying yourself.
Choosing a park home could save you a lot of money and therefore leave you with a little extra to spend and enjoy.
We all have our hobbies or bucket lists, so what better time to fully immerse yourselves in them than now?
Maybe you haven’t had time during your busy working life to find a hobby that suits you or plan a trip worthwhile? If not why not take a look at this list of hobbies on Idiots Guides or this top 25 bucket list ideas from the Daily Mail.
It’s clear to see from the above points that choosing to retire to a park home is a great option for a number of reasons, so whether you are uncomfortable about the idea of living abroad, are looking to downscale or just want some peace and quiet, a park home could be your best bet.