Before you start the journey, it’s usually worth a phone call or email to the park just to check all is well.

Make sure you’ve packed you everything you need; a brief checklist is…

• Security passes, keys, any required documentation.
• Bedding, curtains etc
• Electricals - TV’s, computers, hoover, de-humidifier etc
• Cleaning products
• Basic food and household items
• Pen and Paper
• Tool Kit

It’s worth bearing in mind that if you didn’t drain-down yourself and instead opted for the park’s winterisation service that you should ensure that you have instructed the park to re-connect the services to your caravan for your arrival.

Now for the inside…

Firstly check your safety equipment, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers etc. You should also check each room thoroughly for any signs of damage, paying particular attention to areas that are out of sight.

Check for signs of vermin damage, leaks, damp, mildew, wear and tear etc on:

• Windows/Doors (seals, hinges, handles and locks)
• Ceilings and Walls
• Skylights and Vents
• Floors (particularly the edges of each room)
• Cupboards/Drawers and Surfaces
• Bathroom/kitchen and central-heating fiings
• Soft Furnishings and mattresses

Finally…the switch on!

Lastly, its time to check everything works. Check that all the gas and electrical items are in good working order and that any heating (including the boiler) are all working well. Once the water has been re-connected, run the kitchen and bathroom taps, flush the toilet and try the shower paying close attention to any leaks that may have been caused by frost damage over the winter months.

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  Published on 23 February 2023 By Jenny Blumsom