Differences between Park homes and Regular homes

What are the differences between a residential park home and a traditional bricks and mortar type property? Not as many as you might think!

Leisure Parks UK is a group of exclusive development luxury residential park homes in Essex, Kent and Cambridgeshire. Offering park homes with gas central heating, double glazing, fully fitted and furnished interiors. Bespoke design can be an option too.inbound-leisureparksuk-co-ukhubfsThe benefits of living in a residential park home for dog owners2-1

A Residential park home looks and feels exactly the same as a conventional bungalow however the main differences are as follows:


Manufactured off site by our approved and trusted park home manufacturers Like Stately Albion and Omar park homes, the homes are later transported to their residential park sites and sited. All our homes have Skirts, Decks and outdoor space. Park homes are timber framed then mounted on to a steel frame before a exterior finish is applied which provides a durable, weatherproof finish. All park homes are built to British Standard regulations bs3632.


The cost of park homes usually compare very favourably against traditional housing in the same area, but do vary according to the design as well as the location of the park home site. There are plenty of residential park homes sites to choose from in the UK , and bespoke changes, or additions to the standard layout or features can add a cost to the base price of the home. However bespoke homes do not cost much more than the standard home and is a great cost effective solution to build your dream home.  To help with the costs we offer a Market Leading 100% part exchange service which will save you time, stress and agent fee's.

One other consideration following the purchase is the site fee (or pitch fee) which must be paid in order to locate your home on the park site. The pitch fee varies from park to park and is for the right to keep the home on the park and the maintenance of the communal areas, roads and so on.

kitchen3Council tax (normally Band A) is usually cheaper for a park home than a traditional property. This difference will particularly benefit those buyers who downsize from a larger, traditional property to a new park home.

Other costs may be slightly less than in traditional properties too. LPG is generally used on most parks some parks it is mains piped to each home and on others it is 47kg bottles, and water is metered to each property along with gas and electric. The homes being newer construction tend to be quite a lot more efficient saving costs on heating and other energy uses.


All our parks are Fully legally Residential giving the opportunity to live throughout the year the same as traditional properties. However, there are also park sites with different non residential licensing arrangements that do not allow you to live in your park home all year round. Our parks are not like these as stated above our parks are 100% residential. We suggest if buying away from Leisure Parks you should always ensure the park you wish to live on is fully residential and in operating in compliance with UK residential law before purchasing. If you would like to know more about land usage restrictions feel free to contact us or our local council for more information.


Many customers are attracted to park life because of the park rules restricting the age of people living on the park. Yarwell Milll for example is an over 55 residential park where you will be surrounded by like-minded neighbours. Living in a park home lends itself to a safer, more tranquil, relaxed way of life.

All park home owners must abide by the rules and regulations in ‘The Written Statement’. Ensure that you receive a copy of any park rules and are happy to abide by them prior to committing to buy your park home. As well as age, park rules may include pet and parking permissions or restrictions. We are pet friendly and each home has a private driveway.

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A 10% commission is payable to the park by your buyer if you decide to sell your home. This is set out by the Government and forms part of the 1983 mobile homes act. This commission reflects the value that the plot &  resale value of the park home. Remember, financial investment is necessary to develop and maintain a residential park home site so a reasonable return on this investment is to be expected. They also cost a lot to maintain and operate.

So as you can see Park home life is not drastically different to regular homes however many of the differences are seen as a huge benefit by many, the community aspect, brand new very low maintenance home and so much more. 

Keep browsing our website we have many many more useful blogs for you to browse which will help you on your park home journey. And of course we are here to help in anyway.

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