Park Home Maintenance
The new year, a time perhaps for you to make plans, and maybe a good time to think about your park home maintenance. You may find this list of top tips, helps you keep on top of the jobs that need doing, with as little hassle as possible.
Keeping your park home well-maintained will mean that you may avoid potential problems should you need to make a claim on your park home insurance. If you manage the maintenance of your park home efficiently, it shouldn’t prove to be an onerous task. You might find that taking the time to think about it now helps you plan and so allow you peace of mind, knowing that your park home is in the best shape it can be.
- Keep a maintenance calendar.
You can use a phone app, a computer or a good old fashioned wall calendar. Scheduling your jobs and any visits from tradespeople, gas engineers, electricians and plumbers, can ensure you don’t forget anything. Scheduling in this way, especially if you have switched on reminders on your phone or computer app, may also just free up your mind and allow you to relax.
- Keep all your maintenance contacts in one place.
You may need professionals to help with your various maintenance tasks, from checking over your electrical, heating and water systems or carrying out repairs. Once you have found a reliable, certified person to help you, keep their details together and in one place. If you have a schedule, you can also book them well in advance, to take the anxiety out of a last-minute search and maybe even win yourself a discount.
- Make a seasonal checklist.
Some jobs are best done at specific times of year because of the likely weather conditions and other seasonal changes in the UK. There is no need, to use an obvious example, to schedule your non-urgent outdoor maintenance for the middle of winter!
- Take stock
Spring is a good time to review any damage that may have happened in stormy or wintery weather. You will also, hopefully, have more good weather days in which to make repairs on the exterior of your park home.
- Clear gutters, drains and vents.
You may find that high winds and storms have lead to an accumulation of debris in your park home’s gutters, drains and vents. If you clear them now, April showers should cause you no problems as you will have prevented the build-up of water.
- Prepare for summer.
Clearing out debris from under your home, if there is any, can avoid a build-up of material like dead leaves and dried out twigs that may present a fire risk.
If you have one, this may be a good time to give your hot tub or spa a once over in preparation for heavier use in the summer evenings to come.
- General Spring clean.
Having a proper clear out once a year can prevent all kinds of problems building up for the future. Just reducing clutter in your park home, reduces the chance of pest infestation. It also gives you the chance to spot damp or other problems in corners that are clear and uncluttered.
- Spruce up your exterior
This may also be the season for a thorough clean of all your park home’s external walls. In the drier, hotter conditions of summer, you may want to carry out any external paint work renewal or touching up that needs to be done, ensuring your park home’s external surfaces remain protected.
- Summer is the time to enjoy your outdoor space and maybe kick back a bit. It might be a good time to schedule annual checks of alarm systems, door seals, window seals, locks and fastenings. Repair work, if it is needed, particularly on the exterior, may prove easier in the drier weather.
- Carry out checks before winter
You may want to get your heating system checked over to make sure it gets you through the winter with no surprises. Check over radiators to see if any need bleeding and perhaps get a professional in to check your boiler.
This may be a good time for you to prepare for the longer nights and shorter days. A quick check of your external lighting, internal electrics, smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms.
You may also want to schedule a visit from a certified plumber to check over your pipes, and lagging in preparation for the colder, winter weather on the way. Leaks are never good and burst pipes in the winter can be especially unwelcome.
- It is best to plan for very little or no maintenance of your park home in the winter. However, you will need to check your park home’s gutters and drains during the winter and clear them if necessary, to prevent water build up and potential damage in the future.
- If you haven’t done it already, the beginning of winter is your last chance to insulate any exposed pipes and check your plumbing and heating systems.
If you plan ahead and work from simple check-lists, your regular maintenance tasks should not become too much to handle. This way you should be able to keep up with your obligations and maintain your park home in a condition that allows you to relax and enjoy your time there. By keeping up your park home maintenance, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that if you do need to make a claim on your park home insurance, maintenance of your park home should not be an issue.
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Published – 12/01/24