Shopping Center Maintenance – Sweeping, Portering and Maintenance Done Right

Shopping Center Maintenance – What Needs Attention?

Shopping Center Maintenance - sweeping.comMaintaining your Shopping Center is like maintaining your refrigerator – sometimes there are things in the refrigerator that smell bad because they should have been thrown away a long time ago. And sometimes there are things that should have been fixed or cleaned a long time ago in the Shopping Center that now need attention.

Of course, many people miss taking care of things when they first crop up. They think, “I’ll get to it when the weather gets better” or “I’ll get to it when I have some time”. And so as time goes on, the little things retreat from our attention, until they’re no longer little things.

You can avoid this. All you have to do is make the time for preventative maintenance (not find the time…you’ll never “find” any extra time) In other words, you need to make a plan for consistent, effective shopping center maintenance. Here’s how…

Shopping Center Maintenance – Sweeping

Regular Parking lot sweeping not only improves the overall “curb appeal” of the parking lot, it extends the life of the asphalt surfaces.

Regular parking lot sweeping removes grit, oils, and pollutants that reduce the life of an asphalt parking lot. The longer the life of the asphalt, the better the ROI (return on investment) for the cost of installing the parking lot.

Sweeping is also an environmentally friendly practice, a much-needed practice in an environmentally sensitive world.

Scheduling a regular sweeping keeps the parking lot looking tidy and removes the debris, trash and normal leaf and organic matter that collects in corners.

Shopping Center Maintenance – Portering

A porter is someone who conducts small maintenance duties to keep your shopping center clean.
These duties can include removing trash from trash bins, replacing trash bags, picking up larger pieces of trash and debris, and performing cleaning of any grease, oil or organic spills.

They are an extra set of eyes on anything that might need additional attention such as broken traffic stops, damaged curbs or sidewalks and other physical equipment that needs replacement such as lights, light fixtures, peeling paint, wall gouges, etc.

By using a porter, you can get up-to-date communication on the appearance and maintenance of your shopping center.

Shopping Center Maintainance Scheduling

There is a saying that whatever you place your attention on improves. This is particularly true with regular maintenance.

Updating (or creating) a regular maintenance schedule provides an effective baseline for monitoring and measuring ongoing tasks for shopping center maintenance.

A task management schedule should be based on client requirements that satisfy process tenant safety, task quality, and environmental requirement.

The more clearly you define your maintenance task schedule, the easier it will be to monitor and measure and manage the effective maintenance of your shopping center.

How Can C & L Services Help You?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been consulting and servicing shopping centers, commercial properties and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our shopping center maintenance services include parking sweeping, portering, asphalt repair, line striping and seal coating.

We can help you keep your property in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to speak with a professional in shopping center maintenance.

Asphalt Repairs – Spring Parking Lot Fixes – A Checklist for Success

Asphalt Repairs – Spring Potholes, Yearly Chore

asphalt repairs - sweeping.comHaving a parking lot full of potholes is no fun.

It creates an unsightly property condition that invites complaints from tenants and potential contacts from lawyers. You also have to find money in the budget to get them fixed, coordinate a contractor to fix them for you and provide communications about the upcoming fixes.

Bottom line, asphalt repairs are a lot of work and expense for you. And often you don’t get thanked by anybody for the effort.

When the weather starts turning warm, you know it’s time to tackle this project. And that’s exactly what we’re going to show you now, how to plan, prepare and execute a fast, cost-effective pothole repair project:

1 – Asphalt Repairs – Pothole Inspection

First, start with a thorough inspection of the parking lot. Layout the parking lot with a map (it doesn’t have to be perfect, just a rough approximation of the area to identify the problem areas)

Overly a line grid (3 X 3 is generally fine, more lines if you need more grids if you need them) and identify the rows on the grid with numbers and the columns on the grid with letters.

This way you can identify specific areas for repair by a grid number (the two potholes in grid 2C) rather than a vague description in a general area.

Walk the area and identify specific asphalt repairs by the grid.

Determine the severity by numbering the problem on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being less severe and 10 being very severe. The scale is subjective, but you’ll get the “gist” of the rating by looking at the various issues in the pavement

2 – Asphalt Repairs – Pothole Repair Project Planning

Rank the problems in order of severity. Very severe issues should get the most attention. These are usually the repairs that “must” be completed.

Do a rough calculation of repair costs and determine if there is sufficient money in the capital reserve budget to complete these repairs.

If the budget allows, evaluate the less severe issues and include them in the overall repair project.

Ideally, all issues should be repaired, however, budgets are generally the primary constraint and is a priority in the planning phase.

Once the key problem areas have been selected, use these tips in the article below to select and hire your contractor:

Asphalt Maintenance – Damage in the Winter, Fixes in the Spring

3 – Asphalt Repairs – Pothole Repair Project Execution

Communication is critical. Takes some time the week before the project to inform all affected parties about the pothole repair project. Use a variety of communication channels (email, letter, flyer, word-of-mouth, FaceBook notification, Twitter) to publish who, what, where, and when the project is going to be initiated and finished.

In spite of your communication efforts, expect some complaints about any inconveniences and be prepared to apologize (some people are highly distracted, so no communication will stick with them no matter what you do)

Let the professionals do their job, but keep an eye on any deviations from agreements and commitments.

4 – Asphalt Repairs – Pothole Repair Project Evaluation

After he project is complete, use you grid map to conduct a thorough inspection of completed work.

If any work does not meet expectations, notify the project manager immediately for correction and completion.

Well, there you have it. Hopefully, this only occurs once a year (not at all if you pavement area is newer) and can go smoothly and cost-effectively without too many road bumps.

How Can C & L Services Help You?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been consulting and servicing shopping centers, commercial properties and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our asphalt repair and maintenance services include pothole repair, asphalt repair and replacement, seal coating and line striping.

We can help you keep your pavement in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. In northern New Jersey Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in central New Jersey, call us at 732-886-1940. Our professionals will be glad to assist you with any asphalt repairs.

Asphalt Maintenance – Damage in the Winter, Fixes in the Spring

Asphalt Maintenance – Bad Weather = Parking Lot Damage

asphalt maintenance winter - sweeping.comSnowstorm, rainstorm, nor’easter, bomb cyclone. Whatever the name, it’s all bad weather and it’s really bad for pavement. All this bad weather adds up to one unpleasant truth – it causes lots of parking lot damage.

The more extreme the weather, the more extensive the damage. And it does appear that climate change is generating more extreme weather.

Unfortunately, some asphalt damage needs to be corrected immediately. If a large chunk of pavement fails and creates an unsafe walking or driving condition, you need emergency asphalt maintenance service.

Fortunately, asphalt pavement is a very “fixable” condition with many different types of repair materials and a variety of repair methods. Also, the temperature is not as big a problem with asphalt repairs compared to concrete repairs.

Although not the ideal time of year, asphalt maintenance can be conducted in cold weather. Concrete repairs are much more difficult (and expensive) in cold weather.

Asphalt Maintenance – You Can Wait Until Spring

Another aspect of asphalt maintenance is that the inevitable pothole repair can wait until spring. Depending on the size, location, and traffic, many pothole repairs can be deferred until warmer weather set’s in toward the end of March or beginning in April.

The big challenge with pothole repair at that time of year is the overwhelming demand for labor and materials in the spring. Many property owners want to get asphalt repairs and maintenance completed before the weather gets hot.

People who use the pavement, especially tenants, get very angry if they encounter a pothole that has not been repaired by June.

Preparing For The Spring Crush – What to Do?

So how does a property owner prepare for the asphalt maintenance crush?

Here are a few tips to plan and prepare for your asphalt maintenance needs.

1. Select a reputable maintenance company with asphalt maintenance experience

Google the term “asphalt maintenance” or “pothole repair” in your geography, e.g. “asphalt maintenance freehold nj” or “pothole repairs jackson”

Notice if Google provides local recommendations (it will be in a box of three recommendations at the top of the page). Look for Google reviews first. Good reviews usually indicate a reputable company.

Then visit the company’s website. Have a look at the services they offer. See if they offer any free tips, information or checklists.

The more helpful information they provide, usually the more committed they are to providing good service to their customers

2. Reach out to the company and talk to a representative

Find out if they have representatives that can spend some time speaking with you about your needs.

Ask for references and question where they have provided services in your local area.

Discover if they will listen to your unique situation and if they offer helpful suggestions.

Notice if they follow-up timely. This is an important clue to whether they will follow-up with you after they have started your project.

3. Determine if they can provide the asphalt maintenance services that you need

If you have a large asphalt maintenance project, arrange for an on-site visit so the potential service provider can accurately determine the time, labor and materials for your project.

Ask for a determination of when they could provide services. If they are a know asphalt maintenance company, they may have contractual commitments for the busy time of year.

Ask them for their best estimate of when your project can be added to the “queue”.

Asphalt Maintenance – Don’t wait until the last minute.

The crush for asphalt maintenance in the spring is a real occurrence. If you plan and prepare during January and February, you won’t be waiting long to have your potholes repaired, your cracks filled and any other issues corrected.

If you wait, there might be some nastygram emails or testy calls from tenants or property owners to deal with.

Avoid this today. Let us be the first property management company you investigate.

Check us out and compare us with other asphalt maintenance companies in your local area.

If you’re in Northern NJ, call us at 908-730-7888. If you’re in Central NJ, call us at 732-886-1940.

I believe we can help you to get your asphalt maintenance when you need it.