By MyNewPlace Guest Blogger, Ron Leshnower – About.com’s Apartment Living Expert
If you’re looking for an apartment and have a car, don’t forget to check out the parking situation for each building you visit. Whether you already have a car or you think you might get one later on, you’ll want to know the answers to key questions such as if a building offers on-site parking, if there are reasonable nearby parking options (such as on the street or in a secure garage), and what your parking expenses should cost you each month.
Here’s a list I put together of important questions to get answered about apartment parking, based on whether a particular building offers it.
Also, even if you don’t have a car, taking time to learn about the parking situation in the neighborhood by an apartment building that interests you is a good idea. Chances are, once you sign a lease and move into your new digs, you’ll have guests who will want to drive over to visit you. In addition to directions, they’ll want to know just how easy it is to get a spot, and they’ll look to you for suggestions when it comes to parking safely and conveniently.
You can make things easy for guests by getting knowledgeable about local streets and parking restrictions so you’re in a position to let them know where they should and shouldn’t park. Here are some tips to help you familiarize yourself with the parking scene in a particular neighborhood.