Our Holiday Home FREEDOM Guide

Park group's top tips could land a festive bargain

Canny holiday home buyers know that the weeks just before and after Christmas can be the year's peak period for grabbing a super-deal, says Park Holidays UK.

Prices are often at their lowest before the new selling season gets underway, and knowing what else to look for could make the savings even more spectacular.

But for those uncertain about how to always come out on top, Park Holidays UK has produced a list of professional tips aimed especially at first-time buyers.

Following the letters of its FREEDOM guide, says the group, will ensure that anyone can be certain of picking the right park and securing the best possible deal.

The F is for deciding the features you want included on your holiday home. Two bedrooms or three? Central heating? Decking? There's lots of guidance on the Park Holidays UK website.

Then there's R for research which means checking out the best location to match your needs. Look both at the park and its facilities, and what the surrounding area has to offer.

E signals it's now time to engage with your chosen park, and to book a visit in advance. Why? Because you'll be given a special welcome, and £20.00 towards your travelling costs!

If you are looking for the biggest savings, the next E points to the ex-display models on offer. These can offer superb value as parks are often keen to free-up space for incoming stock.

The D is for deals on pitch fees, and buying at the start of the year could see you literally thousands of pounds in pocket if you choose a model with 12-month pitch fee honeymoon.

Next, use O to weigh up the ownership benefits which could include an 11.5 month opening season on the park, owners' get-togethers, and special discounts on purchases.

Finally, it's M which is all about the money for your purchase – and if you don't want to use your own funds, Park Holidays UK can arrange highly competitive finance via its specialist lenders.

Following the FREEDOM tips, says the group, will help to ensure that buyers get precisely the type of holiday home they want on the park which suits them best, and at the keenest price.

All of the company's holiday parks are open over the festive period, and a trained adviser will be able to answer any questions about what ownership involves.

Park Holidays UK promises no sales pressure – and if a family does decide to buy, move-in time can be as short as seven days for holiday homes already sited on the park.

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* Subject to status. Representative example including siting, connections and this seasons pitch fees: Cash price £10000. Deposit £1000, amount of finance £9000.00. Charge for credit £4063.50. 84 monthly payments of £155.52. Representative APR 11.9%. Total amount payable £14063.50. Subject to status, written details on request.