Your park home insurance will cover you if the unexpected happens, such as storm damage, however, general wear and tear on your park home will not be covered so maintaining your park home is very important. If your home is under warranty, you will be expected to follow a maintenance schedule to keep the warranty valid.  Keeping your park home maintained all year round, ensures that your property not only looks its best, but it will help to avoid any unnecessary damage.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your park home in a good condition:

Maintain the exterior walls of your park home

Check the exterior walls of your park home at least four times a year. Check for cracks so they can be treated as soon as possible.  Keep the exterior clean and make sure the textured coating is repainted every three years to keep the home weatherproof throughout its lifetime.

Check the seals around doors and windows

Check that the seals are not damaged or broken, as this will help to prevent mould, mildew or damp. Make repairs as soon as you can because if these are not well maintained, damage caused by broken seals may not be covered by your insurer.

Maintain the chassis of your home

Pay attention to what is happening underneath your park home. It will rest on a chassis and a supporting structure, and it’s the only thing on your park home that cannot be replaced. Get a professional to check the chassis of your home regularly, especially if your park home is over 10 years old.   The condition of the chassis and the supporting structure is important for the stability and lifespan of your park home. Check for rust as this can weaken the structure and should be taken care of straight away.  If your home has been modernised or refurbished this could affect the stability of your home.

Maintain your roof regularly

Check the roof of your park home regularly to make sure there is no damage.  Check all the joints on the roof and if you find any problems, make sure you that you deal with them straight away.  Make sure that good quality roof adhesive is used whenever any repairs are made to preserve the lifespan of the roof. Check your guttering to make sure it is free of debris and has no cracks or holes.  If your roof and guttering are not maintained properly, your home may not be covered by your park home insurer.

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We’ve launched an exciting new venture: Park Home Search is a new online service dedicated to connecting buyers and sellers of new residential park homes, leisure homes and holiday lodges throughout the UK. It is free of charge to both buyers and sellers.

If you’re looking for a retreat in the countryside, a park home by the sea or somewhere close to your relatives, you can go to www.parkhomesearch.co.uk to find your dream home. You can browse hundreds of park and leisure homes at your convenience 24 hours a day. You can also register to receive information about new park homes in some of the most sought-after locations in the country, as soon as they become available.

How does Park Home Search work?

Manufacturers of park homes and holiday lodges and park operators add their new park homes and available plots to www.parkhomesearch.co.uk. This is also free of charge to encourage as many sellers as possible to use the website. Buyers can then search for their desired park home according to their specific criteria – such as type of home, location and whether they want to buy or rent a park home. Alternatively, buyers can browse through the park homes on offer, to see what inspires them.

Let Park Home Search do the searching for you

You can also register your details with Park Home Search and they will be passed on to the relevant park operators, who will contact you about new park homes and holiday lodges at your preferred locations as soon as they become available. All data handling is secure and GDPR compliant.

Park Home Search also provides valuable information with details of residential park and holiday park open days around the country.

Benefits to sellers

Manufacturers of park homes can promote as many new park homes and holiday lodges as they wish for free, while park operators can advertise their available plots free of charge. They can also advertise open weekends and shows and upload park brochures, videos and photos free of charge. After they have set up an online account with Park Home Search, the sellers control the information – uploading and updating all the details using an easy online form. In addition, sellers can receive email leads for potential buyers interested in their homes or parks.

Why set up Park Home Search?

As a specialist provider of insurance for park homes and holiday lodges. Steve Leech, Director at Park Home Assist said: “After 13 years in the industry, we’re well known and respected throughout the park home sector and it made sense for us to connect with our colleagues in other parts of the industry. Park Home Search provides an excellent, tailored service to both potential buyers of park and leisure homes and the manufacturers and park operators who are selling them. We’re very excited about the response that we have had so far.”

For more information go to www.parkhomesearch.co.uk.

Dave Tranter is relishing his new role as Business Development Manager at Park Home Assist, which he started a few months ago. Dave has been at Park Home Assist for five and a half years, starting on the phones: taking enquiries and dealing with park home insurance quotes, before moving up to Sales Manager, and then Operations Manager.

Enjoying his new role, Dave says: “Having been at Park Home Assist for so long but in different roles, I know the company inside out. I’m passionate about our ethos of providing a high-quality personal service to our park home insurance customers and the fact that Park Home Assist is a UK-based family-run business. I’ve seen the business grow from around 7,000 policyholders to almost 30,000 and I’m really excited to be responsible for taking the business forward and growing it further.”

He continues: “I’m a real people person and relationships have a big impact on our success. In fact, our focus at Park Home Assist is just as much about people as it is about park home insurance. I’m looking forward to developing the relationships that I’ve built up over the years and getting out and about meeting new people. I’m seeing residential park owners and park operators as well as meeting members of residents’ associations.

Steve Leech, Director at Park Home Assist commented: “Dave is an excellent ambassador for Park Home Assist and a genuinely friendly, outgoing and charismatic person. These are exciting times for Park Home Assist and I’m sure that Dave will thrive in his role as Business Development Manager as we take the company forward and manage the next phase of growth.”

Find further information about why customers choose Park Home Assist for their park home insurance.

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Glenholt Park Residents’ Association held a fundraising vintage garden party and summer fair recently, and Park Home Assist’s Business Development Manager, Dave Tranter, went along to help out.

Glenholt Park is a park home residential area for the over 50s in Plymouth, and has around 400 residents with an age range of 50 – 95. The Residents’ Association is working in partnership with The Community Heartbeat Trust to raise money for five defibrillators to be located at the residential park. This is in accordance with the South Western Ambulance Service guidelines of having a defibrillator within a 200m radius, and also means that they will be easily accessible to other residents living close to the residential park.

Glenholt Park Residents’ Association organised a vintage garden afternoon tea party and summer fair in collaboration with the Illuminate Hub at St. Anne’s Church. Not only did it raise money for the defibrillator fund, but also supported the long-term vision of creating a hub to bring both communities together.

Activities during the afternoon included cream teas in the church, a dog show (with categories such as ‘best veteran dog’ and ‘the waggiest tail!’) a raffle, tombola, woodwork and crafts for sale. A wildlife charity brought along some owls to meet the residents and there were even free Cornish pasties!

Park Home Assist donated the star prize for the raffle, which was £250 cash, as well as donating £250 to the defibrillator fund. Dave Tranter went along to meet the park home residents, hand over the cheque for the fund and present the lucky winner with the star raffle prize.

In addition, Dave provided information about Park Home Assist’s tailored insurance for park home owners and gave away some of our popular re-useable cotton bags. After the event, Dave said: “It was a very successful day – the weather was fantastic, and everyone enjoyed themselves in the sunshine while raising money for a good cause. It was great to meet some of our customers as well as helping people with their park home insurance queries. They were interested to know what to watch out for when buying park home insurance, and that Park Home Assist is a UK-based family-run firm that provides a personal service to park home owners.”

 

 

Residential park homes are now becoming the popular choice of property if you are considering downsizing or retiring. Park homes are great for couples and individuals, providing affordable living inside a real community. Park homes offer a high level of practical and stylish living, with mod cons in a comfortable environment, whilst outside providing a quality of life away from the usual hustle and bustle of city living.

10 Reasons to Choose Park Home Living

There are many reasons why our insurance customers choose the park home lifestyle – here are ten of them:

1. Downsizing to a park home can free up capital so you have more money to spend on enjoying life. Council tax payments are cheaper, as park homes are in the lower tax band, providing more savings.

2. With residential parks located all over the country, you can often live in some beautiful locations at a lower cost.

3. Residential park communities are welcoming, providing a feeling of comfort, safety and security. There is an increased level of security as most park homes are gated communities, with other residents nearby, providing peace of mind.

4. There’s plenty to do – many residential parks have good leisure facilities as well as social committees who organise all types of activities. Activities such as walking, cycling, boating, canoeing or fishing are on your doorstep.

5. Living in a park home can mean that you’re much closer to the countryside, fields and woodlands, providing a beautiful, tranquil environment with plenty of wildlife around to enjoy.

6. Many residential parks have good transport links for commuters and easy access to local towns and villages.

7. Not all park homes have to look the same! You can decorate your park home to suit your own lifestyle.

8. Plot sizes vary so you can still have a garden and make it as high or low maintenance as you wish.

9. A park home is like a Tardis! It looks small on the outside but surprising spacious on the inside and it’s easy to look after.

10. Park homes are energy efficient, designed to be low maintenance, meaning you’ll be warmer in the winter and saving money.

If you’re thinking about buying a park home, take a look at our general insurance tips and advice on park home insurance or contact us on 0800 988 0900 for a no obligation quote.

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Park Home Assist are one of the UK’s leading providers of park home insurance.  All of our insurance products and services are designed with park home owners in mind and you will not find a company with a better understanding of park home living.

We’re always looking for ways to help our customers and we’re pleased to have our own in house Senior Claims Coordinator, who really takes the hassle out of insurance claims for some of our customers and will always go the extra mile.

Most recently, a 94-year-old policy holder put a claim in for her park home and the claims company were asking for the normal documents for this lady to substantiate her claim.  This is easy for some, however this could prove difficult for our client and this is where our team member Tina stepped in.  This is all happening behind the scenes and although the customer is completely unaware of it, Tina requested that the claims company collect the information, rather than the 94-year-old customer having to do it herself.   To make this claim easier, we are liaising with the claims company to collect the relevant information, direct from the contractor.  This includes things such as: reports, cause of damage pictures and invoices for the claim.

Personalised Service

We personalise the service we offer to each customer, which sometimes is above and beyond what we need to do, but we firmly believe this all adds to our uniqueness.  We treat each client as an individual and this is evident by the reviews we receive from our clients on a daily basis.  Don’t just take our word for it, have a look at our testimonials, to see what our customers say about us.  Just recently we’ve been awarded a Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award, which recognises excellent customer service.  This is collected by genuine ratings and reviews from our customers, which is a true reflection of our commitment to outstanding customer services.  You can read the full story here.

If your park home insurance is coming up for renewal, and you want to be treated like an individual, with a company who truly understands park homes, give us a call on 0800 988 0900.   We’d be delighted to hear from you.

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We’re proud to report that Park Home Assist has been awarded a Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2018 to recognise the excellent customer service that we provide to our park home insurance policyholders.

Park Home Assist is one of the UK’s leading insurers of park homes, leisure homes and holiday lodges. As specialists in the leisure industry, and with over 28,000 policyholders, our extensive experience in dealing with park homes means that we understand your needs.  With a dedicated in-house team, instead of a call centre, you know you’ll be speaking to a knowledgeable adviser.

The Feefo award is an independent seal of excellence, which is only awarded to businesses that use Feefo, to collect genuine ratings and reviews. The standard is measured by the number of reviews we have collected and their average rating. Between 1 January and 31 December 2017, Park Home Assist met the criteria of collecting at least 50 reviews with a Feefo rating of between 4.5 and 5.0. As all reviews are verified as genuine, the accreditation is a true reflection of our commitment to outstanding customer service.

Steve Leech, Director at Park Home Assist said: “Over the last 13 years, we have built our business on a firm commitment to providing the best possible customer service and excellent value for money. Many of our park home and holiday lodge insurance policyholders recommend us to their friends and neighbours, and we are very grateful that they take the time to review our services using Feefo.”

Speaking on this year’s award, Andrew Mabbutt, CEO at Feefo, commented: “The Trusted Service Award has always been about recognising those companies that go the extra mile. Once again, we have seen many incredible businesses using Feefo to its full potential, to provide truly memorable experiences for their customers – and rightly being awarded with our most prestigious accreditation. I look forward to the continual success of the businesses that work in partnership with Feefo throughout 2018.”

Everyone in the office is delighted with the Feefo award and we’d love to help you save money on your park home insurance renewal while providing you with excellent customer service.  So give us a call on 01604 946 796.

Explore our website for more information on park home insurance and holiday lodge insurance .

With the hot weather set to continue along with the light evenings, the barbecue season is definitely here. While this can be a great occasion for spending time with your family and friends, take care to avoid any accidents and reduce your fire risks.

Below are tips to help you enjoy your barbecues safely this summer.

Do

  • Barbecue at least 10 feet away from your (or your neighbour’s) park home or holiday lodge
  • Ensure children and pets are kept away from the cooking area
  • Keep the barbecue on a flat surface
  • Keep a watering can, fire extinguisher or sand close by
  • Use long tools to barbecue in order to keep hands and clothes away
  • Check for any cracks on the hose attached to the cylinder of a gas barbecue
  • Dispose of ash carefully and after it has fully cooled
  • Ensure the barbecue has cooled down before moving it
  • Check the rules of your holiday park or residential park

Don’t:

  • Leave the barbecue unattended
  • Barbecue indoors
  • Use a barbecue inside any structure that could catch fire i.e. a gazebo or tent
  • Ignite the barbecue’s fire with petrol or lighter fuel squeezed from a bottle
  • Overload your grill with food – too much fat dripping onto the flames can cause a flare-up
  • Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed as it can cause gas to build up inside your grill
  • Drink too much alcohol – keep a clear head if you’re in charge of barbecuing

If you are unsure of what cover you have in place for fire risks, please check your insurance policy document or give us a call.

Keep these tips in mind, be safe and enjoy barbecuing this summer.

Park Home Insurance Claims Thanks

Tina, (our Park Home Claims Controller) got a pleasant surprise from one of our policyholders, a big bouquet of flowers from a client who has been with us since 2016 insuring both her park home and her boiler with us. In the recent big chill, our 79 years young client (who lives on her own) found herself with no boiler, no heating and no hot water, and a very cold evening rapidly approaching.

Tina, and her repair team, pulled out all the stops to make sure the boiler was up and running before the night set in.

Our highly appreciative client was ‘over the moon’ from the service she received and Tina kept in contact throughout the process to make sure that the boiler was up and running.

Tina says ‘its part of my job to make sure things happen, but to receive a bouquet of flowers from an appreciative client, makes all the difference. I will endeavor to make sure that our clients continue to receive our award-winning service, after all that’s what our clients pay for.’

Whilst Park Home Assist Insurance Services endeavor to provide the very best cover at a competitive premium, it is when the ‘chips are down’ and a claim is made where we rise above all our competitors, which is why we are the only Park Home Insurance Company with an award-winning claims service.

Well done Tina!!

Insurance Times Award 2017

Following their success at the Insurance Times Claims awards, where they took the award for Customer Care Initiative of the year, Northampton based insurer, Park Home Assist, have been nominated for two further awards in the Insurance Times 2017 awards.

Park Home Assist and their partners Sompo Canopius and the Davies Group have been nominated for the Insurance Times ‘Customer Champion of the Year’ and ‘Insurer Claims Initiative of the Year’ awards.

The Insurance Times Awards are the top industry awards with past winners including household names such as Zurich and Aviva. The winners will be announced on 7 December at a Black-Tie dinner in London.

‘When we launched 12 years ago, we took the conscious decision to put our customers at the heart of everything we do,’ states Steve Leech, Director at Park Home Assist, ‘to be nominated for Customer Champion of the Year alongside the likes of Aviva, Ecclesiastical and Zurich is a huge honour and clearly demonstrates that we have been true to our values.’

‘We’re delighted that our claims team has been nominated again following their success at the Claims Awards earlier in the year,’ continues his wife and partner, Claire Leech, ‘looking after our customers when they need us most is very important to me and my team.’

Park Home Assist is a family-run business and was established 12 years ago. They have grown to become one of the leading providers of insurance to the Leisure industry. They established their business as specialists for residential park home owners. As Assist Insurance services, they now also provide cover for static and touring caravans, boats and holiday homes.

For more information, please contact Steve Leech at Park Home Assist on 01604 946 796.

Park Home Assist Insurance Services is a part of Assist Insurance Services Ltd, Royal House, Queenswood, Newport Pagnell Road West, Northampton NN4 7JJ. Assist Insurance Services Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under register number 435530 for Insurance Mediation and as a Credit Broker.

Assist Insurance Services specialises in providing cover for people who enjoy the Park Home lifestyle. Our policies are designed to cover park homes, holiday lodges, static caravans, holiday homes, motor homes, touring caravans and park homeowners’ cars.