If you ever moved to Philadelphia, you already know that Philadelphians love their cars. Even though it might be even easier to commute by any other means of transportation, especially because Philly has a great transit system that includes busses, trolleys, subways, rail options, etc. Regardless, residents of Philadelphia are still using their cars. So you can imagine how hard it might be to find a parking spot around the town. Imagine how it might be for professional movers with a truck to find where to park their huge vehicle on your moving day. It doesn’t sound like a simple task? Because it is not. That is why we prepared a guide for you in order to have a stress-free moving day when everything is prepared in advance.
When it comes to moving day, if you scheduled local movers, they are probably familiar with the area, and it won’t be hard for them to avoid traffic. Especially because traffic in Philadelphia is not even close to being bad like in New York City or Los Angeles, but it is not smooth either. The same goes for parking. There are a few options you have, depending on the area where you live. One is guaranteed – you want to avoid parking tickets for a moving truck because the client is responsible to provide moving companies with it. When it comes to moving, we are all trying to save as much as we can, so there is no need to spend money on a parking ticket. Let’s start exploring your options.
Free Parking in Philadelphia
Depending on the neighborhood where you live, you might be lucky to find free street parking. As many neighborhoods across the city fill in with new homes and residents, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) has converted some streets from unrestricted free parking to permit parking. So if you find a home in an area with ample free street parking, consider that a plus! On the other hand, relying on the street parking that will be available for the moving truck, it doesn’t seem like a good idea. Parking spots in Philadelphia get occupied very fast. If you want to rely on this option, make sure to block a spot (or even two – depending on the size of your home) with your car, so once your furniture movers arrive you can move your car and they will park there. Now, you just need to find a new spot for your own car.
The most usual option for parking, for all of those neighborhoods that don’t have free parking or dedicated spots. Philadelphia Parking Authority can issue a parking permit that you can take for the whole year for your car, but you can also get it for a moving day. Make sure to apply for a parking permit at least a few days before your moving day, because PPA needs a couple of days to issue it. Since most of the local moving companies are aware of the issue that parking might make, they will send you instructions on how to apply for a parking permit. The whole process is simple and you can do it online, without having to leave your home.
Garage, assigned spots, driveways
If you purchased or you already live in a home with parking included – congratulations! You are among the lucky ones and you won’t have to worry about parking on a moving day. When it comes to a garage, just make sure to check if a moving truck can fit in it. For the driveways and assigned spots, if there is not enough space for both, a moving truck and your car, you will have to think of an idea where to safely park your car. You should know that getting a house with a garage will require you to spend more money, but it is definitely worth it.
If you are renting a monthly spot from a nearby garage or friendly neighbor who has a vacancy, make sure to let them know that you are moving, so they are prepared as well when the moving day comes. Also, if you don’t have any other option, you can ask your neighbors if your local movers can use their garage or driveway.
Buying a home in Philadelphia is a big decision you have to make. If you want to make your life (and moving) easier, you might consider buying a home that has a garage included. Not only you won’t have to circle around when it comes to getting home after a long day at work, but your life will be simple when someone is coming to visit.