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Buying a new or second-hand mobile home

This content applies to England & Wales

Advantages and disadvantages of buying a new or a second-hand mobile home.

New mobile homes

When buying a new mobile home, it is necessary to consider the full costs. In addition to the cost of the home, purchasers will have to pay a siting fee to the park owner and cover the cost of transportation from the factory to the park. In addition to this, it may be necessary to pay for a concrete base on which to site the home, and for connection to mains services. The costs will vary from site to site.

Second hand homes

Second-hand homes that are already sited are much cheaper to buy than new homes. When buying a second hand home, it will be necessary to check carefully for any defects and it is usually a good idea to employ a specialist surveyor to do this. Purchasers should also check with the site owner or other residents that there have been no problems with the home. Before the sale can go ahead, the park owner must be consulted.

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