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osospecial Sun 23-Mar-14 12:51:30

Would you buy a house that you really loved if it didn't have parking? I couldn't afford this house with parking space, I think it's reflected in the price but could maybe knock them down a small bit more.
I could probably park in a small yard space opposite as I know the people who own the yard and you can stop outside house for a few minutes (to unload shopping etc) although not too easily as its on top of a small hill so hard for other cars to then pass. I'm worried it would be a lot harder to sell on or rent out if I needed to at a later date, or if I could no longer get access to park in yard opposite.
There's no room for a drive at the front, there is a small front bit with a wall between pavement and house but pretty sure it's not big enough to park on, there is a lot of room around the back but no access, or maybe access but down next doors side drive! Any ideas that I have not thought of please? I don't need the space immediately but need there to be some possibility of creating parking one day. Don't know whether to follow my heart or my head?

MostWicked Sun 23-Mar-14 13:41:37

It would be a deal breaker for me and will always limit the value of the house.
Parking in the yard opposite is not a long term solution, so where are your alternatives to that?
Have a thorough investigation to see if is it possible to create a parking space, but if not, then I would follow your head.

ClownsLeftJokersRight Sun 23-Mar-14 13:45:56

No I wouldn't, not again after 20yrs in a house with no parking. Nightmare. It was one of the top 3 reasons why we moved.

DumbPluck Sun 23-Mar-14 13:53:37

We are trying to sell our house because we have no parking. The house is lovely, the lack of parking is what puts people off buying it :-( hate it , biggest mistake of our lives.

WhoNickedMyName Sun 23-Mar-14 13:56:47

I absolutely would not buy a house with no parking.

So you only need to find space for one car now? What about in the future - if your DP or children get cars. What about people visiting... Where would they park? You know the owners of the yard over the road - what if they sell, or devise thru don't want you parking in their property any more?

It just wouldn't work for me.

WhoNickedMyName Sun 23-Mar-14 13:57:47

*decide they... Not devise thru?? grin

expatinscotland Sun 23-Mar-14 13:58:57

Dealbreaker for me. Deliveries, shopping, loading and unloading for holiday, higher insurance for parking on the street, visitors, etc. are a nightmare with no parking.

cafesociety Sun 23-Mar-14 14:05:16

Dealbreaker for me too. My son had a house like this, a gorgeous place but the parking issue got to them in the end. It was especially an issue getting kids in and out of the car safely and to load up for holidays etc.

cafesociety Sun 23-Mar-14 14:06:42

Of course, it meant visitors had a nightmare too, and it's always raining when you need to make repeated trips out to wherever the car is that day!

ShadowFall Sun 23-Mar-14 14:33:55

This would be a deal breaker for me.

I would not buy a house without parking. IMO the yard space opposite isn't a solution unless it comes with the house.

KhloeKardashian Sun 23-Mar-14 14:34:38

It will be too difficult to sell or rent out, so no.

Thirtyfifthinline Sun 23-Mar-14 15:01:38

I have a property with no parking which I rent out successfully.

The previous owner was an elderly person who did not drive.

I have managed to find tenants. However as it is a small property I rent to individuals or couples (the property is too small for people with kids) . Also it is very close to bus stop and the bus service is very regular.

I do worry it will make selling it harder.

LondonGirl83 Sun 23-Mar-14 15:27:00

It wouldn't bother me but I, am in London and off street parking is not the norm where I live.

mervynmouse Sun 23-Mar-14 15:27:10

Buying a house with no private parking meant that I was able to afford a house rather than a flat, price wise and it isn't a massive problem living with it.

I can generally find a space on the street close to the house and if I can't, I park round the corner. We might moan a bit if it's late, cold and rainy but it's the compromise we made to be able to afford this house. It makes a difference that I don't use my car every day, perhaps it would irritate me more otherwise.

Different things matter to different people, only you can decide if private parking is one of your must haves.

I don't worry about the resale aspect of my house as we are in an area where demand greatly outstrips supply but even if that's not the case in your area and it puts some people off, there will always be someone like me who doesn't mind, even if it takes a bit longer to find them.

TheArticFunky Sun 23-Mar-14 15:33:44

I live in a victorian area and parking is scarce. Strangely enough parking doesn't seem to increase the value of the house that much. Two very similar houses in my street just sold . The one with parking went for £385k and the one without went for £425k hmm. I think a lot of people accept that if you want a period property you may have to sacrifice a parking space.

Having said that I hate not having parking. It is a complete PITA and parking will be a deal breaker for me when we move.

osospecial Sun 23-Mar-14 15:44:11

sad so I really need to find a way around the parking issue, if there is one. I will have to look further into the options of creating a parking space at the front or back of the house, think its a long shot though! Thanks for the feedback

AlpacaLypse Sun 23-Mar-14 15:48:21

When we bought this house there was room for six cars on a patch of gravel in front of a derelict building out the back. Sadly, after six years of regularly using it and photographing ourselves doing so, the owner sold the site and that was the end of our parking. Don't rely on neighbour's goodwill.

Leggingsandtrainersnonono Sun 23-Mar-14 15:54:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BarbaraPalmer Sun 23-Mar-14 16:01:20

I wouldn't buy a house with the parking arrangements you describe, unless typical for the area

we live in an area dominated by Victorian terraces/small semis, so enough of the housing stock doesn't have off-street parking for it not to affect prices/resale. we don't have off-street parking, but on the other hand can park both cars on the street immediately outside the house nine times out of ten.

my friend however lives on double yellows with no off-street parking, and that is quite a ball-ache.

bellablot Sun 23-Mar-14 16:10:19

Never ever ever

drawohamme Sun 23-Mar-14 16:16:59

Lived in London for years and never even considered parking. Our car was usually about 50 / 100 metres away. Carrying stuff is good for your arms and the supermarket vans manage to cope grin

RuddyDuck Sun 23-Mar-14 18:57:05

I think it depends how easy it is to park on the street nearby. When our dc were small we lived in a terraced house in a city, with on street parking. I quite often had to park a couple of streets away which was challenging with a baby, a toddler and lots of shopping. I would not buy a house like that again because of the parking. .

We currently live in a small village, where lots of houses don't have parking. However, everyone can park near their houses. eg the road next to us has lots of houses without driveway/parking space, but there is only a field opposite them so half the number of houses there would normally be, and everyone can park along the road.

Mintyy Sun 23-Mar-14 19:01:29

Amazing! How do people imagine the thousands of us who live in Victorian terraces manage?

MostWicked Sun 23-Mar-14 19:14:09

Amazing! How do people imagine the thousands of us who live in Victorian terraces manage?

You manage by parking where you can. Sometimes that might be close, other times it could be streets away, either way it is a PITA and for very good reasons, would put a lot of people off buying that house.

I have done it before, and it would have to be a last resort for me to do it again.

Leggingsandtrainersnonono Sun 23-Mar-14 19:16:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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