Today’s question was submitted by James B. from South Boston. James asked: My neighborhood is mostly residential parking. I know commercial parking tickets can be even costlier than normal parking violations, so I don’t want to get a ticket. Where can I park a moving truck for my move?
Well, to state the obvious, parking through the house (like in today’s image) is not the best way to go. There’s at least a couple choices that you should try before you let it come to that. Today’s blog will offer some tips on finding the best spot to park your truck for moving day.
Parking In A Driveway
If you have your own driveway, or if you share a driveway with neighbors, that can be an ideal place to park the truck. There are a couple things that you should be aware of beforehand.
• Watch for low hanging wires or other obstructions.
• A steep incline from the street to driveway or vice versa can get the truck stuck.
• Driveway should be long enough that the truck can fit into it with the ramp out. This is usually two car lengths (15′ box truck) or three car lengths (24′ box truck).
Parking In A Parking Lot
Some apartment or condo complexes will have parking available to residents. You may need to speak with a property manager about parking a truck there for moving day. If the spots are general assignment, and not assigned to each resident, you should speak with your neighbors so that they don’t leave you without a spot.
Using A Loading Dock
If a loading dock is available, this is usually the best place to park. It will ensure that the truck has a spot designed for trucks, with easy access without requiring a ramp or lift gate. You should always request an appointment with the property manager weeks in advance to ensure the loading dock’s availability. Also, take note of height requirements. Certain structures are built to allow a smaller vehicle, but might not yield the height of a larger truck. Let your moving company or truck rental agency know what the height requirements are.
On Street Parking (Ususally Requires A Permit)
When the other three options are not available, your best choice will be to park on the street. You should check out parking regulations for the community you are moving to if you are unsure. Parking Permits are required in the cities of Boston, Somerville, Brookline, and Cambridge. Some of the surrounding areas have their own parking guidelines to follow. A quick search on Google should help you find out what will be required in order to park a moving truck for your move.