Tahoe Buyer Tip – How much off-street parking does the property really have?
On the surface it seems like a pretty straight forward question. After all there is only so much space for a car, or truck on a driveway, or in a garage, and of course there is always parking on the street in front of the home, right?
A common Tahoe buyer mistake is not taking into account how much driveway space will be lost once the snow starts to pile up. Once the snow has been plowed off the driveway it will get piled in other places next to your driveway, which may result in a loss of off-street parking depending on how much snow we get that season.
The second buyer mistake is not knowing about the local parking restrictions for the North Shore, West Shore, and greater Tahoe City areas for our streets and shoulders. You’ve guessed it – no parking on the neighborhood streets or shoulders from November 1 through May 1 each year.
Tahoe buyers that look at properties between May 2 through October 31 of each year may not realize that the parking in front of their home will not be available from Nov 1 through May 1. As a local Tahoe REALTOR® I understand that off-street parking isn’t a very glamorous subject and it is something that is easily over-looked by a buyer in the excitement of getting a resort-vacation second home property, but it’s a really important one if it turns out you don’t have enough parking for everyone.
My Tahoe buyer tip to anyone looking to buy, or get a long-term, or ski lease rental in our area is to be sure and ask, how much off-street parking you may have once it begins to snow. Be sure to let you Tahoe REALTOR® know how many vehicles you will be looking to park on a regular basis so they can select appropriate properties that will meet your needs all-year long.