Choosing The Perfect Residential Park To Live In

From The Location to The Legalities

Before you start viewing mobile homes, follow this guide to picking the perfect residential park facility to be based in.

More than 250,000 Brits live in residential parks, enjoying the benefits of living within a community, whilst in a picturesque location. A great option for those looking to escape urban living or wishing to downsize, residential parks are both affordable and a practical choice for anyone in their later years. Parks are based all over the UK, and do vary in terms of the mobile homes available as well as the type of community on offer – some will be quite peaceful whilst others have much more of a sociable vibe to them. This guide breaks down some of the factors to consider when looking for your perfect residential park home.

Where To Buy  

Deciding where to buy a residential park home, is much like the thought process involved when you buy a traditional bricks and mortar property – it all comes down to location, location, location! Perhaps you might have a residential park just down the road that seems like the perfect base for you. Or else you might want to buy a mobile home in an area that you’ve visited several times before on holiday. If you’re considering moving to a place that is reasonably new to you, even if you’ve been there as a tourist, it’s worth imagining what it would be like to actually live there throughout the year. Think about the practicalities such as how close you are to local shops, a GP surgery, or the bank. Do you have pubs and restaurants nearby that you’d enjoy going to? And if you depend on using the internet, what is the broadband connection like?

Take A Look At The Actual Community

Once you’ve found an area you’d be happy to live in, the next task is to narrow down a list of residential parks to look at. It’s important to gain an idea of what the community is like and whether that matches your expectations of park living. Does the park have age limits that are appropriate for you? If you have pets, are they welcome? Or if you don’t have pets, would you be happy living next door to a dog that barks? As with all types of home, you might want to find out a little about your potential neighbours to ensure that you’d be comfortable living in close proximity to them.

The Legalities of Your Residential Park Home Lease

With residential parks, you own the home that you live in, but not the ground that is stands on. A residential park solicitors Essex based professional explains that it’s important to understand exactly what you’re buying and the terms of the lease for which you’ll be paying an annual pitch fee. For example, some leases require you to vacate the park for a set number of months per year. The park also has the right to increase the pitch fee they charge, so you should research how often they tend to do so and if the price hike would be comfortable for your finances.

Buying a residential park home can be quite complex, and much like purchasing a traditional property, you should hire an experienced conveyancer to help you with the legalities of the process. This will provide you with peace of mind that you know exactly what you’re purchasing and your legal rights once you’re moved in!

Why Families Are Moving to Chelmsford

Everything You Could Want To Offer Your Kids

From schools to the seaside, Chelmsford has it all for young and growing families.

As the county town of Essex, Chelmsford was granted city status in 2012 and frequently makes it onto top 10 lists for the best places to live. In 2019, Chelmsford was ranked the 6th best place to live in the East of England, but actually topped the list the year before. As a result of love for the area, house prices in Chelmsford have increased by as much as 40% in recent years, which is testament to the demand to live in this beautiful part of the county. Although Chelmsford certainly attracts singles and couples without children who want to snap up a city centre apartment, families are also flocking here to take advantage of Chelmsford’s enviable qualities.

Schooling

You’re spoiled for choice with schools in Chelmsford. The two grammar schools, King Edward VI (KEGs) and Chelmsford County High for Girls, regularly achieve GCSE and A-Level results that are amongst some of the best in the UK. Selection is tough and based on the 11plus and consortium exams, but other secondary schools in the area are equally sought-after. The Beaulieu Park School is new to the development, taking in children from primary school right the way through to sixth form. At a secondary level, children are given extra time in traditional subjects which is made possible by the slightly longer school days.

Commuters

For those who need to travel into London for work, Chelmsford is ideal. The station offers fast connections into Stratford in just 26 minutes, or Liverpool Street in 36 minutes. A second train station is due to be built at Beaulieu, although this has been delayed until 2025.

Chelmsford is also well-positioned for drivers – it’s just a short drive to the M25 via the A12 and Brentwood. Or if you need to go north, the A131 connects you quickly with access to Suffolk and Norfolk.

Family Days Out

Chelmsford city centre seems to improve every year, as high-end shops move into new developments such as the Bond Street shopping village. But if your family quickly tires of wandering around the shops, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy. Jump Street is an indoor trampoline park that is fun for mums and dads too, but if you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, then head to the beautiful Hylands Park which offers 574 acres of land to wander around. It’s free to access the grounds, and the kids will love the onsite adventure playground.

The coast is also within easy reach – whether you prefer a stroll down the promenade and a splash around the water park of Maldon, wading into the sea at Frinton, or a ride on the fairground at Clacton, you’re spoiled for seaside choices when you live in Chelmsford.

Housing Stock

An average family-sized house in central Chelmsford might cost you in the region of £350,000-400,000. Chelmsford has plenty of period housing stock, from Victorian terraces, and 1920s detached homes, although a local Chelmsford estate agent explains that new-build properties tend to also be very popular with families, due to the space and community that they provide. The Beaulieu Park development is incredibly popular and expects to be filled with over 3,500 homes from 1 bed flats up to 5 bed detached homes.

If you’re looking to spread your wings a little and provide a larger nest for your growing family, then Chelmsford has absolutely everything you could want to offer them. So why not get in touch with a local agent today and view some properties?

Why You Need To Hire A Videographer For Your Wedding

Relive The Highlights Of Your Big Day Again and Again

Make room in your budget for a videography package and capture your entire wedding on camera.

Your wedding day is the most special day of your life. After months or even years of excitement, planning and possibly some nerves, your actual wedding will zip by in a flash leaving beautiful pictures, memories and anecdotes to pass on to your children and loved ones. Photography is an absolute must at any wedding but having a video of your big day is equally as important. Hiring a professional videographer to cover your celebrations is a decision you’ll never regret.

Tell Your Story

Budgeting for a wedding photographer is very typical when putting together a list of suppliers, but videography is less common which is a real shame. A wedding video creates a romantic story from the beginning to the end of your wedding day. Set to one of your favourite tracks, your finalised footage will be edited so that it shows all of the highlights from your day. Tears and laughter will be caught on camera, from the gasp of your guests when the bride enters, to the cheers when you share your first kiss as a married couple.  Parts of your footage can be played in slow-motion, or black and white to add that dreamy vibe to your video, and the entire playback will be a stunning collection of memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

 The Parts You Miss

No-one gets to experience every single part of their wedding day. The groom isn’t usually present when the bride and her bridesmaids are getting ready, nor will the bride get to soak up the atmosphere in the church or civil wedding venue waiting for the ceremony to begin. Often, photos are taking place during the champagne reception, so key members of the bridal party are also absent whilst the guests are chatting and sharing stories about the bride and groom. But the Capture House Weddings team explains that if you hire a videographer who specialises in using a documentary approach, they will blend into the background, capturing the raw moments of the wedding as they unfold and allowing you to watch back your entire day without missing a thing.

Videos Are Easy To Share

Whether you’re looking to upload your video on your wedding blog and social channels, or send a copy to your grandparents who were unable to make the trip, videos are a fantastic way to share your celebrations even further. If you’re having a small ceremony or a destination wedding and there are loved ones who you’re unable to invite or who can’t manage the journey, then sharing your wedding video allows them to feel part of your special day.

The beauty of a wedding video is that is encapsulates the highlights of your wedding day in history so you can relive them over and over again. From the speeches, to your first dance, and that hilarious moment where your aunt took a tumble during the Macarena, you’ll never regret having a copy of your wedding video in your collection.

Quality wedding videographers get booked up far in advance, so if you’ve already set the date then it’s time to secure the services of your professional videography team asap!

Homes Without Security Are Five Times More Likely To Be Burgled

Simple Steps To Defend Your Home From Thieves

Understanding what deters criminals from targeting your home will help you choose the best security methods for your property.

Police.uk has both revealed that homes who haven’t installed any security features are five times more likely to be the targets of thieves than those with simple preventative measures in place. An additional study of one-time burglars carried out by Which has discovered that you’re much less likely to be the victim of a burglary if you have a robust alarm system in place.

There are a number of approaches you can take when looking to secure your property, and actually it’s better to have a suite of protection methods in place, so that if one fails to deter a burglar, something else might stop them in their tracks.

Don’t Tempt Thieves

Although a burglary is never the fault of the homeowner, as no-one should trespass on your property, let alone steal your possessions, it’s fair to say that there are plenty of steps you can take to dissuade thieves from seeing your property as a target. Leaving doors and windows open can be a huge invitation to the opportunist who is looking for quick access and an exit route. You should also lock your doors and windows to ensure that no-one tries to force their way through whilst you’re sleeping or away for the evening.

Light Them Up

Burglars don’t like to be on show, so the more you can do to take away their cover, the better. If you have high hedges then it’s important to trim them back, even if that means that the neighbours are able to see into your garden. You can also install security lights which will shine a beam on criminals as soon as they activate the trigger.

Install An Intruder Alarm

The threat of an alarm going off when a burglar has entered your home is also enough to persuade most thieves to move on elsewhere when looking for their next target. The latest intruder alarms incorporate the most contemporary detection devices which include dual tech and passive infrared technologies, magnetic reed contacts, glass-break detectors, vibration detectors and floodlighting. These devices can also send a signal to a remote location and alert you that an intruder is present. An intruder alarm Essex team also notes that installing a detection system can lower your home insurance premiums so long as you always turn it on when you’re out, you’re entirely honest with your insurance provider about the model you have, and you don’t use a dummy alarm instead of the real deal.

Beware of the Dog

Perhaps the most historic type of home security, a barking dog is still considered to be an effective defence against a robbery, particularly if the dog is loud! Burglars are aware of the potential harm that an angry, loyal dog can cause when trying to defend their home and would much rather try their luck elsewhere. If you don’t have, or don’t want a dog, then visual deterrents such as a ‘Beware of the Dog’ sign or even barking dog audios are available to give the impression that your home is in fact fully canine-protected.

If your home is lacking on the security side, don’t wait around to become a burglar’s next crime scene. Take immediate steps to secure your home, providing you with maximum peace of mind that a burglar is five times more likely to look elsewhere!

Best Entertainment Ideas for Kids Parties

How To Create A Dream Birthday For Your Child

Party entertainment ideas to inspire you for your child’s next birthday!

Now that the autumn term is fully underway, it seems that there’s a birthday bash to be invited to every weekend. So, when it comes to throwing a party for your own little one, you’ll want to create an event that’s got absolutely everything on offer. The look of delight on your son or daughter’s face when they walk into their own birthday party, filled with balloons and all of their best friends is absolutely priceless. As a parent, it’s great to be able to sit back and watch all the fun unfold, leaving the party in the experienced hands of a children’s entertainer. If you’re wondering what sort of kids’ party package to book, here are some tried and tested favourites that are guaranteed to put a smile on your child’s face.

Magic Show

Kids love to be amazed, and a party magician will do just that. Tricks will be targeted at the age group of the children and can even involve some participation with the help of the birthday boy or girl if they’re happy to help. You might see some coins being pulled out from behind ears and rabbits appearing from top hats. Some magicians also branch out and wow the children by showing off their balloon modelling skills, making anything from sausage dogs to swords and of course sharing their creations with the party guests.

UV Discos

Aimed at children aged 9 or over, a UV disco is the modern approach to a traditional dance party according to this popular Children’s Entertainer Kent team. When you send out the party invites, you can let everyone know that they’ll need to prepare their outfit by dressing in either black or white, and then use neon paints over the top in whatever pattern they choose. The kids love the fun of getting ready and can accessorise with headbands and glow wands. Party games are advised for those under the age of 12, but otherwise the latest hits will be played as your kids boogie their hearts out beneath the disco lights.

Bouncy Castle Party

There’s something about a bouncy castle that kids just love. The feeling of flying through the air gets the little ones giggling with glee, and leads to a really sociable experience when your best friends are jumping with you. The only thing about bouncy castles is they tend to be pretty exhausting physically, so it’s a great idea to have some extra activities on offer to enjoy between bounces. A face painter is always popular, as children can choose from a number of designs before opting to be a tiger or an ice princess. You might also want to supply a tasty treat that both the kids and adults can enjoy – so why not hire popcorn and candy floss machines which will distribute unlimited amounts for the duration of the party? Bouncing and a sugar rush – what more could you ask for?

These are just a few of the best children’s entertainment ideas, but there are many more that your child would have a ball with too. The key to choosing the right party package is to have a chat with your little one about what they’ve enjoyed at other parties and what their ideas are for their next birthday. You’ll simply love creating their dream birthday party this year!