Your leisure home insurance policy is designed to protect you against risks of things happening suddenly which you could not have expected such as fire, theft, accidental damage, flood and storm.  In the winter months your leisure home can be very vulnerable, especially if it is not being used and can be damaged by the cold.  There are certain things you need to remember when closing down your leisure home for the winter to prevent things such as escape of water.

The cover you are provided for escape of water is designed to provide cover for damage to your property caused by water leaks. One of the largest risks of water occurs when you are away during the winter months when pipes can freeze and burst, causing significant damage to your leisure home.

Important things to remember

Between 1st November and 31st March both days inclusive, if your leisure home is left without an occupant for more than 48 hours you must drain down the entire water system as a precaution to prevent freezing and any potential damage this may occur. If your leisure home has a sealed heating system containing antifreeze then this does not need to be drained down but antifreeze levels checked annually and particularly prior to the period of unoccupancy. In addition, all water tanks must be emptied by leaving both hot and cold taps fully open with plugs removed throughout the leisure home.

Or

If you wish to leave the water supply turned on between 1st November and 31st March both days inclusive, you must ensure:

  • The entire home benefits from a heating system being gas or a geothermal or full electric system (not night storage heaters), fitted with automatic controls and a separate thermostat. The system must be set to operate continuously for 24 hours of each day (not controlled by a timing device) and the thermostat set to not less than 13 degrees Celsius and all internal doors must remain open throughout the leisure home and where fitted the loft hatch left open.

Or

  • If the heating system as described above is installed and additionally fitted with a ‘frost stat’ that is designed and installed to override all the heating controls, irrespective of their functional status, then this may be set to operate at no less than 4 degrees Celsius.

These things are very important and failing to comply with the requirements will result in loss or damage resulting from escape of water or burst pipes being excluded from your insurance.

It’s important that you read your insurance policy in full, along with the policy schedule to ensure that you are fully aware of the extent of the insurance cover, as well as the terms and conditions which are applied to your cover.

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Park Home Search – A New Way to Search for your Leisure Home

Park Home Search is a free online service that connects both buyers and sellers of leisure homes throughout the UK and it’s completely free of charge to use. There are no costs to either a buyer or a seller and it’s the perfect place to find your new dream leisure home.

Whether you are looking for a leisure home in the North, West. East or the South of England searching for your new leisure home just got easier.  Park Home Search is the place to look if you are looking to find your new dream leisure home as there are hundreds of leisure homes for sale and you can browse 24 hours a day at your own convenience. If you are not able to find the leisure home you are looking for, you can register to receive information about new leisure homes for sale in some beautiful locations in the country, as and when they become available.

How Park Home Search Works.

Manufacturers and park operators add their new leisure homes available on Park Home Search. This is free for both manufacturers and park operators which encourages them to list as many homes as they have, as soon as they are available.  Buyers can search the website for their preferred leisure home according to their preferences and this can be filtered down to the location, type of home and whether they want to rent or buy the home.

Relax and let Park Home Search do all the work.

If you prefer, you can register your details with Park Home Search and your information will be passed on to the relevant park operators.  The park operators will contact you when new homes become available in your chosen location and all information is GDPR compliant, so your data is secure.

What’s the benefits for the seller?

Manufacturers can list as many leisure homes as they want, it’s completely free and park operators can advertise any plots they have available at no cost too. Open days and weekends are also advertised on park home search by manufacturers and operators, with the option to upload photos, brochures and videos about the leisure homes.  The manufacturers and park operators have complete control of their own information as they are able to list, amend, remove and update homes all using one easy form online. There is the great added feature where sellers of the homes receive email leads from potential buyers interested in their homes providing sellers with complete control.

With the above features and much more available to both buyers and seller of leisure homes, there are so many reasons to use Park Home Search.  So many are already taking advantage of this free service, so why don’t you!

For further information visit www.parkhomesearch.co.uk.

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