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Think dh and I want different things in a property...sigh...wwyd??

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Becaroooo Fri 29-Jul-11 18:32:13

Dh basically wants the house we have here (space wise) but in our ideal location in a village which is nicer and therefore more expensive than here.

I have seen a lovely 3 bed 3 storey late victorian end terrace....2 recp rooms, kitchen, cellar, bathroom and 2 bedrooms and loft room.

Walled garden at back which we could work on (not much there atm) but no off street parking which dh is really bothered about, me not so much.

I just think its silly to base your future happiness on the basis of whether you have a designated spot for your car if the house is great and ticks every other box?

Atm he is being very difficult about even viewing it...wwyd?

It is also no chain!!!

noddyholder Fri 29-Jul-11 18:39:39

My dp has always wanted parking but I only like period houses so we have never had it! He has got used to it now. Go and view it and try and convince him

Becaroooo Fri 29-Jul-11 18:41:19

I would LOVE to live in a period property!!!!!! Dh knows this!


Will have another go...

nocake Fri 29-Jul-11 19:14:27

There are a lot of reasons why people prefer one house over another and parking space can be one of them. We have off road parking and it beats the pants off trying to find a parking space on a crowded road when you've got a full car.

If you want him to consider the house you need to show him that not having off-road parking won't be a problem. You can't bully him into it. You need to persuade him. Think carrot rather than stick.

nocake Fri 29-Jul-11 19:15:22

I should have added that our house was built in 1865 so is pretty damn period grin

thisisyesterday Fri 29-Jul-11 19:23:23

well... i'd be with your dh on this one!

we viewed a lovely house when we were buying, but didn't go for it because it had no parking,

but then it depends on your situation. i had a small child, and knew we'd have others. i didn't want to have to park halfway down the road with 2 children and a weekly shop to get back to the house!

if there was plenty of parking on the street and it didn't get too busy though it would be a different matter

lalalonglegs Fri 29-Jul-11 19:25:03

Don't understand the parking thing at all - very minor consideration for me. In the grand tradition of MN, can I be the first to suggest you dump this loser? grin

bibbitybobbityhat Fri 29-Jul-11 19:29:39

I am bibbitybobbityhat and I am 48 and have never lived anywhere in my adult life with a designated parking space. But have always owned a car. Its ok, it really is.

LikeACandleButNotQuite Fri 29-Jul-11 19:39:36

my little rust bucket had never been on a driveway in the 6 years I owned it til I went to a friends new house recently, what a treat for it! Never would be a consideration for me..ideal house wins hands down, irrespective of private parking.

said Fri 29-Jul-11 19:41:39

How many cars do you have? And are your neighbours likely to be 2 car families as well? And are you near shops or offices? How old are your kids? Likely to have any more? I've lived in both types, undoubtedly prefer period houses but do love having a parking space more, I think.

said Fri 29-Jul-11 19:42:41

That was a long-winded way of asking how busy the street is?

Becaroooo Fri 29-Jul-11 20:10:34

Not too busy a road and very near my dc's school and nursery.

We have my car (small) and I dont mind about designated parking (never had it when I lived at home!) and dh's is a company car so couldnt give a toss where that gets parked!

lala pmsl

odetothewestwing Fri 29-Jul-11 20:12:37

We moved from a house with off street parking to a victorian semi with no parking - and we love our new place. Parking does get quite tricky but it's just one of those things that we chose to get used to and I'm happy with the decision we made.

Becaroooo Fri 29-Jul-11 20:14:40

ode Thanks! Love the nn btw (have the whole box set!) smile

Wallissimpson Fri 29-Jul-11 20:43:22

It all depends. Personally, never in a million years would I buy a house without garage and parking. But we have three cars and four kids.
one car, no kids, not so busy road - I'd consider it.
But if you can get parking with a house for the same price, you need to consider re saleability.

Becaroooo Fri 29-Jul-11 20:47:09

wallis God!!! Never want to move again!!! shock

House with parking would be £20k more at least and, to me, its not worth it.

pictish Fri 29-Jul-11 20:49:17

Allocated parking...meh what?

We have a period house and love it. Parking schmarking.

Becaroooo Fri 29-Jul-11 20:50:47

Maybe its a man thing??????

It just doesnt bother me at all!!!

Wallissimpson Fri 29-Jul-11 20:54:17

Do you have children? How busy is the road, how difficult is it to park there?

Go by at 8 am and 8 pm and see what it is like then. You have two cars to find spaces for.

basingstoke Fri 29-Jul-11 21:02:18

DH would tell you that the only thing he looks for in a house is workshop space. In practice, this drastically limits our choice! Still, a man has to have a hobby...

Wallissimpson Fri 29-Jul-11 21:05:16

We don't even view houses without garages.
Considering that the ONLY requirement DH has is a large garage, I reckon that's pretty fair.

Becaroooo Fri 29-Jul-11 21:06:45

I have 2 dc and know the area well (I lived there for 26 years prior to moving here)

Ds1's school is just round the corner as is ds2's nursery and the shops are all within walking distance.

basingstole Your dh sounds a bit like mine!

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 29-Jul-11 21:08:49

Depends in our village you wouldn't be able to park without your own parking really and for us it was an important criteria. What I mean by that is that we're on a single track lane so couldn't park on the road which I guess is slightly unusual.

Drive by with him though and point out there's plenty of parking outside so its not an issue.

Wallissimpson Fri 29-Jul-11 21:13:27

Have you seen what the parking is like at weekends and evenings? You can't get an accurate picture during the day.
Also, if the school is very near you may find everyone parks on your road at school pick up times.

Karstan Sat 30-Jul-11 09:22:33

I wouldn't consider a house without allocated parking, but a lot of that is because I don't have to, there's plenty of choice without making that compromise. It sounds like you're not in the same situation if you're set on a particular village where property doesn't come up for sale so often.

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