As the property owner, you should be well aware that some contractors are only out for the money and not the quality of service they can provide to you. No matter how much you trust a contractor, keep your eyes open. You don’t want to wake up one day with a badly constructed building or Plant City parking lot paving. When choosing a contractor, don’t only look at the years of experience but also the projects they have completed before. If you see that their projects are still standing, then that’s a good sign that you can expect quality products and service from them.
Still, it pays to know what to watch out for when having a parking lot constructed either in your residential or commercial property. Here are the three things that you should check out:
Where does the water go from your pavement? Does water flow to the left or right? If the pipes are already present in the ground, you can’t really adjust those pipes anymore. The contractor needs to be the one to adjust how the pavement will be applied. If the water is flowing to the right, the contractor has to pave high side down or low side up. If they pave low side up, they also need to make sure that the joints have to be perfect so they don’t trap the water.
You and the contractor must agree on how to manage the flow of water because if there’s a problem with it in the future, that’s a massive repair project. It takes a lot of work and money to pry the pavement open and fix the water pipes.
Before the first day of work begins, ask the contractor if you can see the equipment they will use on the pavement. Make sure these are all working and functioning properly. The last thing you want is to have to deal with equipment problems in the middle of the project. This can seriously trap you in a loop of delayed schedules, delayed payments, and so much more.
Create your own checklist. You’re not an expert on Plant City parking lot paving. The contractor will tell you the pavement is okay, but how do you know you’re not being fooled? Did you get the 95% compaction you wanted? How would you know that? Create a checklist with the parameters that you will use to gauge if the requirement was met. Review that with the contractor and make sure that you get what you asked for.