Looking to pave your commercial parking lot?
The process of choosing a commercial parking lot paving contractor is an important one. After all, the state of your parking lot is a direct reflection of your business and of how much you care for your customers!
Here are four tips to keep in mind when making your decision.
1. Don’t Settle After a Single Quote
While it may be tempting to pull the trigger after receiving an affordable quote, it’s wise to shop around at a few other places before making your final decision.
Even if one contractor’s price looks good, keep in mind that you might not be getting the full scope of work that another contractor is able to offer.
Worse yet, there could be alarming reasons for why the price is so low. Perhaps the contractor uses cheap materials or plans to cut corners along the way. Maybe the company is not properly licensed, which could jeopardize customer safety.
2. Find a Contractor That Cares About Your Business
You’re looking at repaving your parking lot because you care about your business, right?
Well, it’s important to partner with a contractor who also cares about your business, as paving a commercial parking lot can directly impact your bottom line when the contractor doesn’t put the customer first:
- The contractor isn’t committed to minimizing your business’s downtime.
- The contractor performs the work on his own time.
- The contractor isn’t able to work during hours when your business is closed.
- The contractor doesn’t perform touch-ups as soon as possible, but rather weeks later.
If it seems as though your commercial parking lot paving contractor doesn’t share much concern about your business or how to mitigate your potential losses during the paving process, maybe there’s a better fit out there.
3. Make Sure There’s a Written Contract in Place
Even though you may feel as though you and your contractor are in sync, and that you share a mutual understanding of the work, schedule, and level of quality that is expected, nothing is official without a contract.
Be sure to put a written contract in place before any of the work commences. If your contractor is unwilling to put terms in writing, that should signal a red flag.
4. Consider the Long-Term Relationship with Your Contractor
While your newly paved lot may be rated to last 20 years or so, it’s typically understood that a little maintenance along the way is required to make that happen.
Routine maintenance and repairs are key to maximizing the life of your parking lot, so you’re going to want to choose a commercial parking lot paving contractor who is willing to serve you for years to come.
Perhaps you’ve got a pothole that needs to be filled. Perhaps your area experiences a particularly rough season of inclement weather. Choosing a contractor who will work with you in the future and not leave you high and dry is something to consider.
Here at Empire Paving, you’ll find that we meet all of the requirements above.
Still do your due diligence! Get in touch with us today.
We’d love to talk with you about your business and how we can help you successfully pave your commercial parking lot!