Off-Street Parking Remains Popular for Buyers

Off-Street Parking Remains Popular for Buyers

Online estate agency Tepilo explores why and how property sellers can benefit from off-street parking.

Off-road parking has long been popular with Britain's homeowners for a number of reasons. There's the benefit of having additional space, the prospect of always having somewhere to park and also the added security that comes with having your own parking area.

Lots of property buyers consider off-road parking to be a key piece of criteria in their search for a dream home and so for sellers it can be a valuable feature to have.

New research from Direct Line demonstrates the growing popularity of off-street parking and the trend of homeowners lowering kerbs in order to accommodate space for cars in their front gardens or on their driveways.

Across the country, there were 29,587 applications for the installation of dropped kerbs approved during 2015 - an increase of almost half when compared to 2013.

Meanwhile, the total number of applications increased by more than 13,000 between 2013 and 2015, reaching 42,281.

If owner occupiers wish to drop the kerb outside their property to allow for a car to cross the pavement safely from the road, they must apply for permission.

It's prohibited for cars to drive over pavements where the kerb hasn't been lowered as this could cause damage to pipes and cables buried underneath, or indeed the surface itself.

Lowering of the kerb, known officially as a 'vehicle crossover', allows the pavement or verge to be strengthened in order to take the weight of crossing vehicles.

The study of local authority figures shows that during 2015 Kent County Council approved the most dropped kerb applications - all 1,394 requests were granted.

On the other hand, Cheshire and West Chester Council rejected the most requests. The authority declined a total of 138 applications in 2015, equivalent to 78% of requests.

Councils charge varying costs for applications, with some accepting requests free of charge and others charging residents up to £300.

For example, applications are accepted for free by Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council and charged at just £45 by Wandsworth.

Dorset County Council, however, charges £267.50, while Richmond-upon-Thames residents can expect to pay £210.

The national average cost of a kerb lowering application is £66.

As the number of cars continues to increase and more on-road parking restrictions schemes spring up across the country, the demand for off-street parking facilities looks set to rise further.   

If you're selling your home and you already have off-road parking in the form of a driveway or garage, make sure prospective buyers are made aware of its value.

Or, if you don't have off-street parking facilities, it could be a worthwhile investment in order to add value to your home and give it extra appeal when you come to sell.