Figuring Out the Parking at Your New Seattle Apartment
One of the questions many apartment dwellers forget to ask their prospective landlords or management companies is whether the community’s units come with parking.
It’s often assumed that an apartment might come with one or two parking spots, but that’s not always the case, and there are some details you might want to iron out before committing to a lease or choosing a new apartment.
Consider the following when searching for your next North Seattle apartment.
Extra Spots Might be Available
Large apartment complexes routinely offer one parking spot for studio and one-bedroom apartments, and you might get two spots if you rent a two-bedroom or three-bedroom apartment. While these numbers aren’t completely standard, you might not be contracted into a certain number of parking spots that can’t be changed.
For example, some apartment communities not only offer guest parking, but others also give you the option to rent an additional spot. If you live with your significant other and you rent a one-bedroom apartment, you might have to deal with two cars. A modest monthly charge for an extra spot can make things easier, so one of you doesn’t have to park on the street.
Tip: If your apartment community doesn’t have assigned parking, but you want to make sure you have a space, you might be able to buy a spot that’s reserved for you. Just ask your apartment manager to see if it’s possible to get an assigned space.
Ask About “Green” Parking Options
While there are certain details to hammer out regarding parking spaces for your cars, you may also want to consider the options available for green parking. Here are a few questions to ask for parking alternatives and conveniences:
- Does the apartment community offer dedicated and protected bicycle parking?
- Are there electric charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles?
- Is the apartment community near public transportation like train stations or bus stops?
Consider a Car Cover
You might have very specific demands when it comes to parking at your apartment community, but an outdoor parking lot doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker when you’d rather house your car inside.
Oh My Apartment shares:
“Winter can be brutal for your car, especially if you don’t have a nice, warm garage to park it in. However, just because you don’t have a garage doesn’t mean that you have to deal with scraping and de-icing every morning before work. Invest in a car cover and pay attention to the forecast so you can use it every time inclement weather hits. This will save you tons of time in the morning, and it’ll also help protect your car from damage.”
If you find an apartment that you particularly like, there’s no reason you have to say no to a lease because your car will need to be parked outside. A car cover may allow you to enjoy a beautiful new apartment even if your “must-have” of a covered parking spot isn’t satisfied.
Take a Tour of Muriel’s Landing in Seattle
Is an urban, green-friendly lifestyle on your list when it comes to finding an apartment in Seattle? Muriel’s Landing offers the ideal urban residency experience with luxurious amenities while also offering awesome green features like bicycle parking. Get in touch today for more details on our apartment community.