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Parking Wars… there is nothing worse!


Published: 19/07/2018   Last Updated: 19/07/2018 11:01:49   Author: Harriet Butler    Tags: Sutton Coldfield, Parking, Parking Problems, Estate Agents, For Sale

Parking Wars… there is nothing worse!

When looking for a new home 9/10 buyers are concerned about the amount of parking available or lack of, in some cases when viewing a property. As our cars become larger (a 1968 Ford Escort was 5ft wide, but today’s Focus is 6ft in width) and more expensive they are now more of a statement of the lives we choose to lead rather than a vehicle just to get us from A to B.

In Britain there are now more than 28 million cars so whether you drive a Range Rover or Peugeot 106 it is important that your pride and joy has somewhere safe to park...

IT'S a familiar problem for many when you come home from a long day at work, only to find that there's nowhere to park in the street.
When looking at new builds, why do they build a four bedroom detached with only one parking space?!?!?!
The buyers of these properties are likely to have teenagers or at least two cars for mum and dad which will then lead to the street becoming clogged up not to mention the questionable parking abilities of the few.

If someone is blocking your driveway - or their wheel is over the dropped kerb - they are committing a parking offence. Vehicles parked across dropped kerbs can be ticketed, even if they're not fully blocking it. But parking very close to a dropped kerb or directly opposite it is not illegal, even if it restricts access.

About 80 per cent of Britain’s 26 million houses were built with a front garden, and a third have now been turned into hardstanding, which means rainwater isn’t absorbed by lawns and instead runs into the streets, contributing to flooding… bad news for homeowners as insurance premiums also go up!!

  • Etiquette, good manners and common sense are the main ingredients in avoiding parking disputes with your neighbours but always check the parking when buying a new property.
  • Know your rights and boundaries particularly if there is a shared driveway and check out for double yellow lines, parking permits and time restrictions.
  • Do your research.. If you are struggling with the parking at a property just think about your re-sale potential! If you cannot fix the parking problem at the property it will also be a problem for your future re-sale putting buyers off then too.
  • If you are looking at an apartment check for visitor spaces so your friends and family also have a designated space to park when visiting rather than parking miles away.