When researching parking lot maintenance contractors, it is best to first ask your network for recommendations. Always check to see their online ratings and testimonials, along with their website and social pages. Reviewing these platforms can give you an understanding of whether the company aligns with your own personal and company values. Once you find a parking lot maintenance expert that you would like to work with, it is advisable to ask the following questions:
- Are you fully licensed and properly insured?
This is a vital question to ask because not all contractors display their license and insurance information online. If an incident were to happen on your property, you could potentially be liable.
- Have you completed projects like this in the past?
It’s good to know that your contractor has performed similar projects to give you peace of mind; you don’t want to be their test subject. The parking lot maintenance contractor should be able to provide you with references and a list of recently completed projects.
- Does the written cost estimate include all the important information?
When receiving a proposal, it is important to check that all the necessary information is clearly defined. You should be able to see that the proposal is itemized with a breakdown of quantities and unit pricing. A map, scope of work and a phasing plan are also beneficial when reviewing the cost estimate.
- Do you offer a warranty?
Most contractors offer warranties on their services up to 1 year depending upon the type of service being offered.
- How long do we need to wait to resume using the parking lot?
Depending on the service, the project manager or estimator should be able to effectively communicate with you about the use of the parking lot. Knowing the answer to this can help you both plan better based on the type of business and keep your consumers or tenants informed. Typically, the flow of traffic can resume 24 hours after a sealcoating project. Your business can resume almost immediately after being striped. For services that include paving, especially for heavily trafficked areas, the asphalt needs adequate time to cure.
- When will work be completed?
Communication is key especially during a prime season, where scheduling can be tricky. As soon as you are certain about your contractor, signing the proposal and keeping open communication with them, will help the parking lot maintenance experts be able to realistically accommodate you.
- How do you minimize disruption?
When it comes to your business, you want to make sure that you’re not disrupting the hours of operation. Most parking lot contractors understand this and should be able to accommodate your needs by offering early morning, night or even weekend work depending on the services that are needed for your parking lot.
- What safety precautions will be taken?
This is a great question to ask, since you want to ensure that pedestrians, customers, or tenants are going to be safe while services are being performed. Parking Lot Maintenance contractors’ crews should be trained in safety. Typically, there should be someone directing traffic with a flag or sign. Another part of safety is the use of caution tape, cones, and barricading areas off that could be potentially hazardous.
If you are searching for a trustworthy paving and parking lot maintenance contractor, please contact us at 856-456-2899. We will answer all your questions, provide a complimentary parking lot assessment, and help keep you within your budget.