You have been in and around many parking lots and parkades over the years. These areas are the first impression that many people get when they are doing business with you or transacting at your location. When you have a client pull into a parking lot, you want to make a good first impression. Keeping up with routine maintenance on your parking space should be a major component of your building maintenance tasks.
Seasonal changes will have a real impact on your lot. When the season changes from winter to spring, you are going to want to check the condition of your lot. Thaws can cause cracking and pot holes to form. Lines or markings will fade. And seasonal debris will collect during the seasons, such as leaves, dirt, sand, gravel, and litter. Your visitors don’t want to have to navigate carefully or cautiously walk through your lot.
Initially, do a walk around the lot, looking for signs of deterioration. Getting ahead of cracks and pot holes, by taking care of them as soon as you notice them, will save you in the long haul. It is normal for asphalt and concrete to deteriorate overtime. If you can address issues as they come up, you may avoid having to replace your entire lot.
Next, you will want to remove all the seasonal dirt, garbage, litter, and debris that collects. Keeping your lot free of loose gravel and rocks will protect it from deterioration as vehicles drive over it. You also want to make sure that no one trips or twists their ankle because of loose material that makes walking unstable. Never neglect to ensure no one injures themselves when they come for a visit to your establishment. This includes them safely getting from their car to your front door. Scheduling parking lot sweeping at the change of seasons will help with your routine maintenance. Also ensure you have garbage containers in locations to encourage your visitors to use them.
Once your lot has been cleaned up, you will be able to get your parking lot line painting done. Often called line striping, lot striping, or pavement markers, these provide your visitors with indicators on where they can park, what stalls may be designated for handicap use, walkways or crosswalks, and even directional guidance through the lot. When you don’t keep the lines clearly marked, drivers may not adhere to the correct parking plan and you can lose space due to vehicles taking up too much room. Or you could be putting your pedestrians at risk, if the walkways or crosswalks are not clearly marked.
While most businesses are very focused in on customer service and ensuring their products and services are meeting the demand of the public, they cannot miss the importance of keeping their parking lots in good shape. A rundown parking lot will give the impression that the business doesn’t care about its appearance or reputation to the public. This is the last thing that any business wants. Your interaction with your clients or customers begins the moment they pull into your lot.