For any urban or crowded suburban neighborhood, the Holidays always bring a special sort of challenge. Not the shopping, not the travel, not the baking of enormous stuffed poultry; but the parking. Parking often becomes a mess at the height of the holiday season when relatives are visiting each other. Some homes become vacant and empty because the family has gone to spend the Holidays with their relatives elsewhere. Some homes become overcrowded with all the arriving cars from relatives all over the state or country who gathered to share the Holidays together.
In no other time of year is a smart parking solution more necessary than the Holiday season. This is exactly why ParqEx is ready to help communities tackle the complicated parking solutions necessary to manage the odd patchwork of vacant and overcrowded parking situation of homes over the Holidays. Especially for managed communities where parking regulations are serious and often relate to the safety of the neighborhood roads.
How Does ParqEx Help with Holiday Parking?
ParqEx is uniquely positioned to make Holiday parking in the city easier than ever before. Our app is designed to help lot and spot owners manage their parking spots. You can assign or gift spots to expected visitors or make spots available for reservation by visitors on their way in. Whether they are your visitors or someone else’s. During the Holiday season, this kind of parking spot management is essential to make sure everyone has a wonderful time and is able to park somewhere that is close to their destination without over-paying for parking or stealing someone else’s spot.
Registering Open Parking Spaces During the Holiday Season
One of the things that makes Holiday parking so interesting is that not everyone is ‘home’. Many have driven to see relatives in another neighborhood, city, or state so their spots are available. This means that whether you are a building manager or individual spot-owner, you can register spots that are going to be vacant during the Holidays in order to provide them as overflow parking for Holiday visitors. Just like a hotel room, you can also mark the exact dates the spot can be reserved based on when the regular resident is coming home.
Reserving Open Parking Spaces for Holiday Guests
Guests coming in can also reserve themselves a spot or have a spot reserved on their behalf. This ensures that during the busy Holiday season, guests have the ability to park close to the homes of the relatives they came to visit without having to resort to nearby paid parking or guessing wrong and taking a present resident’s parking spot. Guests who receive a reserved spot know exactly where to park and are grateful for the clear guidance and surety of a reserved parking spot.
Neighborhoods: Prevent Guests from Dangerously Cluttering Street-Side Parking
If you run an HOA, managing holiday parking can become a nightmare without a local parking app like ParqEx to sort things out. Finally, you have a solution to the fiasco and potential hazard of Holiday guests parking on the street. No one wants to be the Holiday Scrooge and you don’t have to be. Instead, ask residents leaving for the Holidays to register their driveway spots and the dates the spots will be available.
You can then make these spots reservable by neighbors who will have family visiting, which can finally clear your street-parking Holiday guest concerns.
Condos and Apartments: Assign Guests Available Parking Instead of Displacing Reserved Tenant Spots
Condo associations and apartments have an even tougher time with a limited-size parking lot and potentially dozens of guests arriving. But just like the neighborhood, you can take advantage of the fact that some residents leave for the Holidays and won’t need their parking lots for days or even weeks around primary Holidays. These vacant spots can be registered when residents depart and assigned to guests who might otherwise overflow your guest parking spaces into needed resident parking or nearby paid lots.
Individual Residents: Rent Your Spot or Reserve a Spot for Your Guests
Finally, with or without a community organization, residents can also sort out parking spot availability amongst themselves. If someone is going on Holiday vacation, they can register their parking spots on the driveway or even in the garage. When a neighbor reserves the spot for their guest or a guest reserves the spot for themselves, the vacationing individual gets to collect a small satisfying fee. This opens parking to the sharing economy as well as making it easier to manage by local community organizations.
The ParqEx team has always been keenly aware of parking challenges, especially in crowded cities like Chicago where there’s never enough parking, much less during the Holidays. And with the ParqEx app, you can finally optimize the neighborhood parking spots between those gone a-visiting and guests who come to visit. Contact us today for more information!