Holiday homes

A holiday home is a house, a cottage or a croft in the countryside. Such types of houses are mainly designed after just living in during certain periods. Living only in a holiday home during the adapted periods is no problem. More people, on the other hand, choose to settle permanently in their holiday homes. There are several things to think about.

Benefits of living in a holiday home

Living in a holiday home can provide harmony and is for many a way to get away from stress. Apart from this, there are some other benefits to living in a vacation home.

  • Proximity to nature.
  • Significantly lower prices than for ordinary villas.
  • There is an opportunity to build on the house for a lower cost than buying a villa.
  • The value of the house is increased in the event of an extension.

Disadvantages of living in a holiday home

Although holiday homes radiate tranquility and are a cozy place to spend time, there are some disadvantages to living in a holiday home that should be considered. Holiday homes are originally built and adapted to only live in during certain parts of the year. Living in a holiday home permanently therefore changes a lot.

  • The construction standard may differ from villas. Not all holiday homes have communal water, toilet or shower. If you have a need for a regular toilet, you need to check if it is allowed to install one.
  • The foundation of holiday homes is often sensitive . Taking advantage of this error can damage the house. For example, storage of wood can absorb moisture which leads to moisture damage.
  • Mold can occur. By using a holiday home during the colder seasons, this can create a more humid air in the attic, which contributes to mold.
  • Water supply . Many holiday homes are dependent on their own wells, which means that water consumption is limited.
  • Holiday homes are often located in the countryside. This means longer distances to schools, shops, health centers and the like.

Holiday homes are special compared to ordinary houses

A holiday home can look like an ordinary villa on the outside. However, there are a lot of holiday homes that are different from a regular house. This can be good to keep in mind if you are considering moving into your holiday home.


Different holiday homes have different types of drains. If the drain does not have a permit, it is considered that there is no drain. Sometimes holiday homes have municipal sewers and sometimes not, it differs from municipality to municipality.


Water quality can be significantly worse in rural areas than it is in cities and larger towns. Water tests can often be required to check if the water contains bacteria or other dangerous substances, and is allowed to drink. There may also be limited consumption of water, especially hot water.


The electrical system in a holiday home is often old and out of date. It is only adapted to the few electrical appliances required to spend only during certain periods of the year. Adding more consumer electronics places high demands on electricity. This creates both a fire risk and a risk that plugs will often leak. To adapt a house to year-round living, the electrical system should be upgraded as needed.


Many holiday homes, especially the holiday homes that are adapted to live in in the summer, use direct-acting electricity. Direct-acting electricity is an element. This is a flexible type of heating but can be expensive in the long run if the holiday home is to function as a residence in the winter. To keep costs down, it may therefore be worthwhile to have an air source heat pump set to maintain heat as the main heat source.


First and foremost, houses in rural areas do not have as good coverage in terms of the Swedish network. The expansion of broadband in your area may also be limited. In order to be able to be connected a lot, it should be investigated what kind of broadband is delivered in the area.


Old holiday homes often need additional insulation. This is important when more time is spent in the house. The air gets both warmer and more humid earlier, which increases the risk of mold and moisture damage.