From guttering to gardening, park home maintenance is essential for preventing unnecessary damage and keeping your home looking its best. One of the many advantages of living in a park home is the reduced level of maintenance compared to a brick and mortar property but regular checks and touch-ups can preserve the lifespan and quality of your park home over the years.
Maintenance should be carried out regularly on your park home where possible to check for any cracks or crevices, especially after bad weather, but most jobs can be done during regular cleans or days in the garden. To get you started, we’ve laid out 5 simple tips to help keep your park home in top shape.
1) Exterior refurbishment
As a rule of thumb, you should aim to check the exterior of your home four times a year (at least every three months). This is important because home exteriors go through a lot and hairline cracks and chipping can occur. Any cracks should be filled in as soon as possible to prevent bigger issues developing.
To improve the wellbeing of your park home exterior, the exterior walls should be cleaned at least once a year – not with a power washer. You should also touch up your home’s exterior with a new coat of paint every two or three years to keep it looking fresh, enhance weather resistance and increase the lifespan of the property.
2) Clean the windows and doors
Windows and doors are often neglected as part of a regular clean of the home but they should be checked frequently. The key with windows and doors is to catch any issues as early as possible to stop bigger problems.
Check that the seals are not damaged or broken, as this will help to prevent mould, mildew or damp. Many park home windows and doors are made from uPVC, a very durable material that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.
All you need to clean uPVC is a sponge and a bucket of warm soapy water (washing up liquid is great) to gently wipe down the window panes. You should avoid scouring pads as this can scratch the glass and the uPVC. To finish windows and doors off, use a product like Windex to get the glass to really shine.
3) Inspect your roof
Unresolved roofing issues like loose tiles and moss growth can cause problems inside and outside of your park home. It’s very important that you check the roof of your park home at least once a year to make sure there is no damage or displacement. If you find any damage, arrange to have the repairs made as soon as possible. Only attempt to fix the issue yourself if you are completely capable as there are many park home specialists that specialise in this area with quick callout times.
You should also make sure to have your guttering checked regularly, ensuring there is no build up of debris and that all parts are free of splits and holes.
4) Spruce up your pathways
If you have pathways, steps or paving outside your home then you can add these to your list of maintenance jobs. A clean pathway looks a lot more appealing and will help reduce the risk of falls/trips, eliminating the unsightly and the unsafe in one go.
You can regularly brush over your pathway and exterior steps to remove any debris and dirt that is sitting on the surface. It will also prevent any seeds from germinating as they will be unable to take root in the surface soil. Of course, this doesn’t totally eliminate the issue of weeds and when you get a chance, you should try to pull up any weeds that have taken root, taking as much of the root with the weed as possible.
As weeds and excess grime can cause pathways to become uneven, you should attend to them when you can, especially in spring and summer when it’s warmer and dryer. We highly recommend purchasing a power washer for a deep clean but a scrub down with soapy water can also work wonders.
5) Garden Maintenance
We have already covered the importance of maintaining your home’s exterior with new coats of paint but one of the problems to exterior walls can be surrounding vegetation. Shrubs, bushes and tree branches all carry water and pests.
If plants are allowed to grow too close to a park home (or any home), water can leach between the siding and cause mould and mildew to form within the walls of your home. It also gives pests easier access and they’re not even going to be helping you pay your pitch fee.
Nearby vegetation can also cause paint perish and wood damage. To prevent these issues, make sure you trim back any shrubs or bushes that are coming into contact with your home.
By maintaining your park home, you can preserve the life and durability of your retirement property for many years to come. Just a few regular maintenance checks and touch-ups a few times a year will reduce the likelihood of bigger issues and keep your home looking spick and span.