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As a caravan owner, it is important to take care of your holiday home. From regular cleaning to keeping an eye out for developing issues, there are plenty of things for you to do. If you want to keep your pitch in top condition, you need to set time aside.

At Hanley Caravans our blog this week looks into holiday home maintenance and what you need to do.

Interior Cleaning

The most obvious space to clean and maintain is the interior. You should treat your caravan in the same way as you treat your home. This includes regular dusting, wiping down surfaces, and ensuring the bathroom is clean. Also, if you have pets, you may need to vacuum the flooring more than usual. As it is a smaller space and you’ll probably be taking your pets out on long walks, it’s easy for mud, sand and more to spread around.

A good tip for improving air and smell is to keep your windows open when you’re in. This will allow fresh air to circulate and remove any unwanted scents. Another thing to do is to check your air vents. These can easily become blocked with dirt, webs and more. Keeping them clear will improve the quality of air and keep your caravan ventilated.

Outside Is Just As Important

Even though the interior is top of the list, you should also take care of the plot you are on. This includes both the caravan exterior as well as the land surrounding you. If you are situated beneath or close to trees, clearing out gutters regularly is a must. It is easy for leaves and other debris to become trapped in the guttering. Spotting this early can save money and time.

Some key areas to check on a holiday home include the windows, cladding and roof. Over time these will obviously wear, but if you can get on top of issues before they develop this can bring you huge benefits. When plots include decking areas, this is another space to clean. Normally a quick bit of decorating and cleaning each year will keep this in check.

Regular Maintenance and Checks

In addition to keeping everything clean, you’ll need to carry out regular checks on things such as the electrics and gas supplies. Keep an eye on the lighting and if you suspect any issues, make sure you contact a professional. They will be able to assess any problems and resolve them immediately.

One thing to think about is having appliances tested. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) makes sure each item is fit to use, keeping you safe. You should also look into annual servicing of the boiler to repair any problems that could emerge.

Other things to check includes:

  • Windows and Seals
  • Sockets
  • Connection Points
  • Drainage
  • Carbon Dioxide and Smoke Alarms
  • Locks (Doors and Windows)
  • Damp/Mould Signs

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If you’re not a holiday home owner yet but would like to find out more, please feel free to contact us. To find out more, fill in our contact form today.