Would no parking be an issue for you?

(62 Posts)
Officedepot Fri 04-Jan-13 17:03:42

Considering a house which is on a lovely quiet alley / footpath type thing (rather than a road). It is great as the house is not overlooked at all and nice and peaceful feeling. However there is no driveway / garage and you cannot park directly outside house as it is on a pathway rather than a road. However there is a quiet residential street just across the road that you could park on, so literally just seconds away from the house.

Does not bother me, but do you think it would be an issue re-selling the house? It is in an area where a lot of elderly people live (who might not necessarily drive anyway) and also the house is very close to shops (2 minutes' walk) and close to bus stop (1 minute walk) and close to train station (2 minutes' walk) so could attract someone who might not have a car.

HDee Fri 04-Jan-13 17:05:32

It would irritate there'll out of me not being able to park outside my house. I'd never buy a house without my own parking.

BackforGood Fri 04-Jan-13 17:08:23

I think it would depend on how far away the nearest vehicle could stop - for example, moving day, if you need work done on the house, if you are having something heavy delivered, etc.
Also, on how many vehicles were trying to park on the other street - I'd go round and have a look at different times of day and night and different days of the week.
Overall, I'd definitely consider it on my "cons" list, and whether I'd be interested would depend on how may "pros" there were, on the price, and on what else was available at the time.

ggirl Fri 04-Jan-13 17:08:36

It would be an issue for me , I need a guaranteed parking space or driveway.

sweetkitty Fri 04-Jan-13 17:09:36

Same here I would need a driveway, I have a huge 7 seater that's a nightmare to park though.

BackforGood Fri 04-Jan-13 17:09:41

Depends as well if it is a little house that one or two people would live in, or a bigger, family home. I'm just thinking of the number of journeys I do from my car boot to my kitchen just after the weekly shop, for example.

Ruprekt Fri 04-Jan-13 17:09:49

I would need to know I could park.

Deffo an issue for me.

Same with DH.

georgedawes Fri 04-Jan-13 17:10:42

I think it would put some people off.

bluebiscuit Fri 04-Jan-13 17:12:42

It would be an issue for me yes. I know someone who was selling 1 bed flats and people were citing lack of allocated parking space as a reason not to buy.

ILoveSaladReallyIDo Fri 04-Jan-13 17:14:54

what if you needed an ambulance? or am I not understanding, is it on a road but without parking, or down a path that vehicles can't pass?

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 04-Jan-13 17:15:06

It would be an issue for me I wouldn't look at a house without parking

CajaDeLaMemoria Fri 04-Jan-13 17:15:15

It would put the majority of people off, I think, unless it's a cheap house that one person would live in.

I'd need to know at least one car could park. We'll have two cars most of the time, so ideally we'd need parking for both...

Even renting we immediately discounted anywhere without at least allocated parking, if not a driveway.

PoppyWearer Fri 04-Jan-13 17:15:25

Yes, in fact we rejected an otherwise-lovely house during our last house hunt due to lack of parking (it had one space outside, not enough for us!).

ILoveSaladReallyIDo Fri 04-Jan-13 17:15:40

(p.s. I would consider it, but would pay about £20-£30k less round here for no allocated parking)

IceNoSlice Fri 04-Jan-13 17:19:14

We wouldn't consider it, sorry.

But if you're on a train line to London maybe people would?

helpyourself Fri 04-Jan-13 17:20:17

It would put lots of people off- we rented the most beautiful house in the world with amazing views, it was only affordable because others didn't like the steps and having to carry shopping up hmm
So is it cheaper than it would be otherwise? Could you offer less, citing inconvenience?

ninjanurse Fri 04-Jan-13 17:22:10

It would be a deal breaker for me. Wouldnt even consider a house without off road parking for at least one car. However, judging by the response on this post, you may be in a good place to negotiate a deal on the house if you decide to go for it.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Fri 04-Jan-13 17:26:52

Massive problem for me. Imagine doing your big shop and there being nowhere to park

CuddyMum Fri 04-Jan-13 17:35:45

No I wouldn't consider it either.

lalalonglegs Fri 04-Jan-13 17:40:20

I think it depends what you are used to/the surrounding houses. I live in a Victorian/Edwardian area of London, there are very few houses that have OSP (most front gardens are too small) and, of course, no garages but that's not what people look for around here. If you live in an area where it is standard, or at least more likely to be available, then a house without might be dismissed by a lot of people.

cassell Fri 04-Jan-13 17:42:13

Depends where it is - in London where we are it's on street parking only and you're lucky if you can get to park anywhere near your house but that's the case for all the houses so it wouldn't affect desirability of one particular house iyswim. If it's an area where people normally have drives etc then it is much more likely to be an issue.

Angelfootprints Fri 04-Jan-13 17:44:28

No, it would drive me bananas!

Don't underestimate how many arguments ate caused between neighbours and parking. What if you park in someone else's unofficial spot? What if there are no spaces at all on the road one day? What about visitors?

TripleRock Fri 04-Jan-13 17:44:35

We wouldn't view it, off road parking's always been on the essentials list for us, but then we run 2 cars and both drive every day

DeafLeopard Fri 04-Jan-13 17:47:48

Massive issue for me too. Our first house had allocated parking, 45 seconds walk away, not so bad (apart from on moving day) when it was just the two of us.

But, coming home after work at night, carrying brief case, laptop, shopping and baby in car seat plus supervising a young child through car park, along path and round to house was a bloody nightmare.

mercibucket Fri 04-Jan-13 17:48:17

We also wouldn't view. So if you do go for it, get a good price as it's going to be hard to sell on (unless it's normal for the area)

mercibucket Fri 04-Jan-13 17:48:18

We also wouldn't view. So if you do go for it, get a good price as it's going to be hard to sell on (unless it's normal for the area)

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Fri 04-Jan-13 17:53:02

YOU are looking at buying it, others will too.

You say you are 'fine with this' - have you actually lived like this before or do you just 'think' you'll be fine with it?

I'm living somewhere with street parking only right now and I tell you never, ever, again I will not move until I can park my car on my driveway (or we move back to London and don't use the car daily).

Narked Fri 04-Jan-13 17:54:48

I wouldn't consider it - struggling with car seats, shopping, dogs etc. People with older DC might.

Strictly1 Fri 04-Jan-13 18:00:53

I wouldn't consider it myself - sorry.

tiredteddy Fri 04-Jan-13 18:01:32

We moved south to Surrey from bucks. It was more expensive for less but to live closer to family. We bought a mid-terraced house that the front door is directly onto the pavement of a quite busy road. It also had no garage/ allocated parking. You can park 3 cars at the end of the row in a disused entrance to an estate and park on the opposite side of the road in a long lay by that fits 10 cars? You get used to it. We needed to compromise. Have been here 5 years and its fine. If you love the house you'll get used to it too. Tis stuff matters to some a great deal and others not so much. The houses in my row sell for similar prices to other houses with parking but worse area/ different school catchment. It's pros and cons.

shrimponastick Fri 04-Jan-13 18:07:21

It wouldn't suit me.

current house has a driveway which we can park two cars down, at a pinch three if we shift them all over. However any visitors have to park on the street, which is often full of other households' cars as most don't have a drive. It is a bit annoying when your visitors can't park outside the house.

My previous house was a terrace and was on street parking. There is a school up at the end of the road, so if I came home at 3pm I wouldn't be able to park outside my own house, as the street was full of school run cars. Also lost a few wing mirrors, gained scratches and a car once crashed into my car whilst parked up.

also car insurance can be cheaper if you have a driveway to park on, rather than on street.

I wouldn't consider it - last time we moved a driveway was on our list of must-haves and we didn't look at any that didn't one. Our previous house had street parking, this one has a long driveway and garage and its great to drive home in the dark and wet and know exactly where I'm going to park!

Baubleswithdiamonds Fri 04-Jan-13 18:26:02

Depends where you are - in London it's not always an issue as OSP is a rarity in many areas and many people don't have a car.

Saying that, you would struggle to resell a family house without allocated parking. Our house has OSP in a area where most of the houses don't and it's seen as a major plus by tenants, even though we are also near shops/transport etc.

Officedepot Fri 04-Jan-13 18:31:48

The house is tiny Victorian terrace

Tiny house so either an individual person or a couple would live there. At most a couple with a baby.

It's £125k and in a nice village in the Midlands

WholeLottaRosie Fri 04-Jan-13 18:32:04

It would be an issue for me but that's because I have always had driveways/ garage. It depends on what is normal for that area, I think.

LadyLetch Fri 04-Jan-13 19:08:20

Sorry, I wouldn't look at a house without a garage. I need somewhere to store my crap!

nocake Fri 04-Jan-13 20:01:45

My friend has just sold her house that has no parking directly outside. The nearest parking is round the corner. It did put some buyers off but she priced the house accordingly (i.e. less than a similar house with parking) and eventually got a buyer. Every house will sell at the right price.

PolterGoose Sat 05-Jan-13 09:27:30

Officedepot, I think for that type of house it will be fine, a different issue for a 'family house' maybe, but if you love the house then go for it. Really important IMO, to buy a house you actually want and not buy based on future profit...

Oodhousekeeping Sat 05-Jan-13 09:49:32

I'm quite happy not to have allocated parking, we don't at present and have 2 cars. But we can stop on the road outside the house to unload then park in the next street. This may be an issue in your case.

AlwaysOneMissing Sat 05-Jan-13 09:57:38

We would not consider a house with no parking either. Though actually, we were considering an investment property, buy to let, and had seen a great place but with no parking. The responses on this thread have made me realise it would probably not be a wise investment if it would put most people off.
Let us know what you decide to do OP. Good luck.

gingermcflea Sat 05-Jan-13 10:03:13

Wouldn't worry me at all. Our house sounds very similar to what you're describing. Have to find a carpark nearby then cross over and walk up to

HecatePropolos Sat 05-Jan-13 10:03:13

What about the people in the street where you'd be parking? Some people can get really nasty.

gingermcflea Sat 05-Jan-13 10:07:03

Posted too soon...
Anyway, ours is similar and I'm fine with it. But I know many people have expressed surprise at the lack of offstreet parking. and said they couldn't/wouldn't live without dedicated parking, so I'm guessing I'm in a minority who wouldn't care.

Gooseysgirl Sat 05-Jan-13 10:09:00

Wouldn't view it... Rented a house with with no driveway a few years ago, only on-street parking, absolute nightmare... Used to race home from work every night to get a space near the house. It's a deal breaker for me, especially now we have a DC. I think you would have to price accordingly when selling, but as others have said I would negotiate a lower price when buying to offset this.

notcitrus Sat 05-Jan-13 10:50:31

Sounds fine for that sort of house and location. Potential buyers are going to use public transport, and only have max 1 car, so any inconvenience would balance the greater privacy.

I used to live on an estate in a courtyard next to the road, so could stop in the dustcart bay to unload if needed, then there was some parking at the end of the courtyard and loads at the back of the estate. We did end up doing most supermarket shopping online but that was as much to do with the stairs to our flat as the parking. It really wasn't much of an issue, but neither of us drove to work.

Most people on this thread seem to be in areas where most people have driveways and two cars - the question is what will people looking in your area think? The transport links are ones people will pay a lot for, and many of those won't care about parking if it makes the house a bit cheaper.

soverylucky Sat 05-Jan-13 12:47:19

We don't have parking. It isn't a problem really. I vowed never to buy a house without parking but we are never more than 10 feet from our front door. The reason I broke my own rule was the price of the house. Tens of thousands of pounds cheaper that what it would have been with parking.

Tyranasaurus Sat 05-Jan-13 13:00:48

wouldn't bother me, have lived in a terrace with difficult on street parking and was fine. Perhaps have a walk around the area one evening and see how many people have cars

RyleDup Sat 05-Jan-13 13:14:27

We bought a house like that once. It was such a pain and the neighbours in the other street were constantly leaving notes on my car, telling me not to park in their street angry. It was pretty stressful. Having said that, when we came to sell it, loads of people came to view and we sold it quite quickly. So if its a really nice/ quirky house, (as ours was) I doubt you will have a problem.

fussychica Sat 05-Jan-13 14:57:17

Would put me off because you can't guarantee a parking space in the "quiet" street around the corner. But if it's the norm for the area that's different.

detoxdiva Sat 05-Jan-13 15:43:55

As someone who lived for 4 years without parking I would never do it again. We parked on a nearby street and it was a total pita in the rain, when shopping, getting stuff delivered etc etc. We were swayed by the beautiful old cottage but didn't think practically and it took us much longer to sell as a result.

laughinglikeadrain Sat 05-Jan-13 15:48:10

i wouldnt buy a house without off street parking..... because i cant park properly and it stresses me out. even when the drive is empty dh will park on the road and leave the drive for me.

I KNOW i should learn to park properly..... but if this is my solution (and it works for everyone when im less stressed) then there will be others who are put off too.

Startail Sat 05-Jan-13 16:08:36

Yes and it's the major reason we chose both our rented flat and our first house.

My car was far and away my most valuable possession no way could I afford minor repairs or to loose my no claims over minor damage caused by joe public walking, driving or cycling by.

In fact DH had very posh hire cars for work and the local, pretty wild DCs and the mums with buggies never damaged any of them despite them being on the pavement at the front.
(Our parking being a pretty tight garage, that fitted my fairly small car)

Bumblequeen Sat 05-Jan-13 18:46:44

We currently do not have a garage/drive way. When we move this will be on our list of must haves. We can park in front of our house 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time we can park directly opposite and then move the car when driver has left. We never have to park down the road or around the corner.

We looked at a house with a 'garage en bloc'. This was out of the question as I like quick access to our car. Bringing shopping home or being caught in the rain would be a nightmare!

i8mine Tue 02-Jul-13 14:50:12

I find this incredibly sad. No doubt many of the posters here will avidly absorb all the information this site can offer on diet and exercise in order to stay healthy.......and yet wont walk a few yards to the car. A case of the tail wagging the dog methinks! - a car is only a tool!

Mumelie Tue 02-Jul-13 15:07:20

I wouldn't at the moment as I have very young DCs and mobility problems. But 10 years ago I don't think it would have bothered me at all. I don't currently have of road parking but live on a quiet street and can park outside my house 90% of the time. Most things can be delivered to your house these days anyway. If you love it and it works for you then go for it.

We don't have our own parking, and I couldn't care less - but we do live on a quiet, wide street where we can double park outside to offload shopping etc. I would find it a nuisance if I couldn't do that.

BackforGood Tue 02-Jul-13 17:02:34

You revived a 6 month old thread for that i8Mine ?
People have already explained lots of really valid reasons for needing parking nearby. I walk quite a lot. I like walking, but it's a bit tricky when you are carrying furniture, or alone with a baby, trying to get a load of stuff into or out of a car and not wanting to leave them alone for long.

Wouldn't bother me TBH. We don't have allocated parking and the road is very congested, but the worst thing that's ever happened is that I've had to park maybe 7 or 8 doors down. Hardly a catastrophe.

Oh I didn't notice this was a zombie thread...

nemno Tue 02-Jul-13 17:49:11

I wouldn't ever want to be without parking. The non delivery excuses are a pain, I think if finding the house is difficult some delivery drivers won't put much effort in. Having work done costs extra if materials need shlepping. Where to put the skip?

Jan49 Tue 02-Jul-13 17:56:11

I8mine, I think it's more the case that if you have no parking but have a car, you may have difficulty finding anywhere to park at all when you arrive home, not that you are unable to walk a few yards to the car.

I don't drive or have a car but I would still hesitate to buy a house that didn't have parking because I'd be afraid of never being able to sell it.

One of my friends had a house like the one the OP describes. When one of her dc was sick in the car she ended up driving to my house to clean the car on my driveway because of the difficulty of cleaning it a few streets away from home with 2 little dc to look after.

MrsSalvoMontalbano Tue 02-Jul-13 18:03:15

Deal breaker. I agree with Jan19. Rush hour, November, raining, will it still be okay?

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