Are you the owner of a commercial property? Are you trying to decide whether or not it's worth it to renew the paving on the parking lot? If your parking lot is only suffering from a few cracks or small potholes, it may seem like an outrageous expense to have the lot sealed or repaved. However, there are several reasons why you should at least give serious consideration to having this done. Some of these reasons include:
Attracting customers: Whether you occupy the property yourself or you rent it out to other businesses, you should be concerned about the parking lot's appearance. Although people may not notice when a parking lot looks neat and clean, they'll almost certainly notice when it looks worn out and ignored. As the parking lot deteriorates, more and more people might start to assume that the business or businesses that use the lot have closed down. If you or your tenants aren't getting business, it's going to be difficult and then impossible for bills to be paid. Avoid driving customers away by making sure to reseal or repair asphalt paving every couple of years.
Avoid lawsuits: As your parking lot degrades, larger and larger cracks and potholes will start to appear in the asphalt paving. Repairing these flaws quickly will obviously result in a smooth and flat surface that is easy to drive or walk upon. Failure to keep your parking lot in good condition could open you up to a variety of lawsuits. For example, someone who drives over a large pothole and has damage to their vehicle as a result may be able to sue you or your insurance company for their repair costs. If a person is injured while simply walking across your lot, he or she may be able to sue you for medical expenses. If the injury involves someone who uses a mobility aid, such as a wheelchair or a cane, you may also be in trouble for not having your property be handicap-accessible. Keep your parking lot in good repair to avoid any of these possibilities.
Fewer vagrants and less trash: Although some might try to claim otherwise, people will naturally try to follow what everyone else is doing. If it doesn't look like the owner of a commercial property cares enough about a parking lot to keep the asphalt paving looking relatively new, what does it matter if they drop food wrappers or empty cups? If they think that the property owner doesn't seem to be watching the property enough to notice when the parking lot is in need of repair, they may think that the property is a good place to loiter, sleep, or to otherwise participate in less-than-legal activities. A properly maintained parking lot and buildings are less likely to attract this type of behavior, meaning that you'll be able to concentrate on other matters instead.