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Got a question about downsizing? Simon Sleep, senior business development manager for Willerby Bespoke is here to answer your questions - £200 voucher to be won

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CeriGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 20-Oct-21 11:07:30

Created for Willerby Bespoke


There’s a lot to consider when thinking about downsizing your home later on in life, from finance to community and lifestyle. If you have a question about downsizing or park home living, post it below and you could win a £200 voucher:

-Everyone who shares a question on the thread below by 3 November will be entered into a prize draw
-One lucky Gransnet user will win a £200 voucher for a store of their choice
-Simon Sleep will be back on 11 November to answer a selection of your questions

About Simon Sleep
Simon Sleep is the senior business development manager for Willerby Bespoke park homes and lodges. With over 20 years of experience within the industry, there's not much Simon doesn't know about park homes. Simon has dedicated his career to designing homes that make the customer's dreams a reality. He understands that park homes are more than just a home, they're a lifestyle!

Here’s what Willerby Bespoke have to say
“If you are looking for a more relaxed lifestyle, lived at a pace to suit you, in a community of like-minded people, then a park home could be the perfect answer. Here at Willerby Bespoke, we place you at the heart of your home creating a truly unique design that is tailored to suit you and your needs.”

Perhaps you’ve considered downsizing but you’re unsure if it’s the right decision for you? You may be interested in finding out how much equity you could release, or maybe you’d just like some more information on the processes involved in moving? Whatever your question on downsizing may be, post it below for Simon to answer.

Thanks and good luck!

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SimonWillerbyBespoke Mon 15-Nov-21 15:21:50

Hi everyone. Thanks again for all your questions. I've really enjoyed answering them and I hope to have provided you with some useful information about downsizing. If you'd like to know anything more about Willerby Park Homes feel free to visit our website.

Take care,

Doodledog Mon 15-Nov-21 15:56:28

It's not just the ground rent that can increase, though, is it? Charges can be added for 'improvements' and there are often restrictions on things like who is allowed to perform works on site (eg decorating, siting of TV aerials, decking and so on), and these can be extensive.

There was never an answer to the question about changes in rules that can lead to those unable to comply being threatened with eviction (eg whether it is ok to keep pets). These are all things that need to be carefully considered before spending hundreds of thousands on a park home.

Jane621 Thu 25-Nov-21 11:58:52

Sold Subject To Contract!
We sold to our first viewer so Purple Bricks took our property off of the market. Then the buyers Conveyancer valued our property at £25,000 less than the agreed price. We have now taken a bit of a hit as we stuck with the original buyers but should we have just put it back on the market and waited for a buyer with a bigger deposit or cash. Our buyers are first time with low deposit?

Hetty58 Sun 28-Nov-21 11:03:36

Jane621, I wouldn't reduce the price. Surely, if somebody has made an offer, they should stick to it?

M0nica Sun 05-Dec-21 21:38:50

Jane621 How was the price for your property set? Was it by an estate agent or did you decide the price.

Why was the buyers conveyancer valuing the property? A conveyancer is not a surveyor who knows and understands the property market. He just does the paperwork.

If the buyer commissions a surveyor his job is usually just to examine the property and report back to buyer on any problems or defects, unless the buyer has specificly asked them for a valuation as well.

The valuation survey is usually done by the mortgage companies valuer, usually a surveyor. I would have asked why he was valuing the house at lower than the asking price and if I thought his reasons were inadequate i would put the house back onthe market at the price youw ere asking.

You can check on the price that properties in your street are going for by going on to the Rightmove site Clicking on 'House prices' on th etop bar and then type in the name and postcode of your road.