Parking Lot Maintenance

If you own a retail store and have a parking lot you probably have or will at some point need parking lot maintenance. A mixture of weather and the weight in tons of cars that drive on it will cause distress to the parking lot. As such, parking lot maintenance will be needed in order to have your asphalt last for up to 30-40 years.

When you begin to notice cracks on your property it is important to address it as soon as possible. Open cracks on the pavement make room for water to seep into the crack. The water that gets in will damage the the make up of the asphalt creating more distress and damage. Asphalts top layer is supposed to protect it from the elements, but cracks create ways for the elements to come in and cause further damage. This is why it is important to take protective measures to keep cracks from occurring.

It is important to get your parking lot sealcoated every 5 years. Sealcoating helps to put a protective layer on the asphalt. This protective layer helps to ward off some of the damage that comes from weather, including intense UV from the sun, and also the wear and tear of use of the asphalt parking lot. Not getting your parking lot seal coated will leave your parking lot vulnerable to cracks and pot holes.

Once your pavement gets distressed to the point of unrepair it is a good idea to use FDR. FDR stands for Full Depth Reclamation. FDR is an environmentally friendly approach and is typically a cost effective approach to getting your pavement done. In FDR, your existing pavement is crushed and recycled so that it can be mixed in and reused to pave your parking lot.

One thing to consider with your pavement is to ensure there is proper drainage. With out proper drainage water can pool onto the asphalt and if water pools it can cause distress to the asphalt. Making sure your asphalt is properly constructed in the beginning will make a big difference.

This article is sponsored by Atlanta Paving Solutions, who is your go to for sealcoating Atlanta! They provide asphalt maintenance including sealcoating, pot hole and crack repair, FDR and other solutions. In addition they are a full service one stop shop for all your parking lot needs including bollards, signs, striping and speed bumps.


Finding The Right Plumber

Plumbing If you begin investing in real estate you want a trusted plumber that you can always call to help maintain and fix any of your plumbing needs. Having someone who is trusted and reliable is priceless and will help save you from major headaches in the future.

When deciding on the right plumber there are several questions that you want to ask them in order to make sure that you are selecting the right plumber for the job.


  1. Are you licensed? This is a very important question. There are many individuals out there who are handymen who claim to be plumbers, but are not licensed. Don’t just take their word for it though. Make sure to ask for proof of licenses and be sure to get their license number.
  2. Do you have references? It is important to know that this plumber is reliable and trusted by others. Your looking for a plumber who you can build a relationship with to meet all your needs with your real estate properties. Make sure it is someone who has proven themselves and have built up strong relationships with other customers.
  3. Who is doing the work? Just because you talked to someone who is experienced doesn’t mean that someone who is experienced will be doing the work. Make sure you know who will be doing the plumbing work on your properties. Many times plumbers will contract out the work so its important to make sure you know who is doing the work so you don’t get someone who is inexperienced doing the work.
  4. What is your typical response time? As someone who is owning several real estate properties it is important that you have a plumber on call that can meet any plumbing emergency that comes your way. There are always unexpected things that happen and so you want someone that you can rely on who can quickly fix the problem. It is good to find a plumber who is on call 24 hours. If an emergency happens you want someone who can come fix it quick before the problem costs you thousands of dollars.

Asking these questions will help you to make a better decision on who your plumber is, which could end up saving you thousands of dollars.

Today’s post was sponsored by Arlington Heights plumber. If you are in ever of need of a plumber then reach out to Arlington Heights Plumbing who will provide you with exceptional service.

Construction for Hardwood Flooring

hardwood flooring installation & hardwood flooring refinishing

Living room in new construction home with stone fireplace

If your in real estate you’ve noticed that over the years we have seen a switch from carpet floors to hardwood floors. There are several reasons why. One of the more pressing reasons is that hardwood floors are easier to clean. Unlike hardwood floors that just require a sweeping, carpet floors retain a lot of the dirt and dust. While a vacuum cleaner gets some of it, to really get it out you have to have a deep cleaning. This is why carpets are not great for people with allergies.

In addition, hardwood floors have a certain elegance about that and make the space look nice. People are beginning to prefer to the look and feel of hardwood floors to that of carpet. Especially because carpets can stain easily, leaving splotches all over your house.

The best time to get hardwood floors done is prior to moving into or out of a new home. If your trying to sell a house, hardwood floors look the best and help houses have a higher resell value so it is a good idea to consider getting the flooring done prior to selling. Doing these changes in the house when no one is living there is best, especially if you are considering having the floors refinished or you want to get site-finished floors. Typically pre-finished flooring does not affect those living in the house, but if your floor needs refinishing or if you want to get that unbeatable site-finished floors then you will have to deal with the dust, smells and time that it takes to get your floors just right. There will be lots of dust from sanding the floors. In addition the staining and finish will have an odor attached to them. You’ll have to wait while the stain and finish dry before you are able to either apply another layer or be able to use the house like you once did.

For all these reasons it is best to get your flooring done prior to selling a house, moving in or to schedule it around a vacation trip.

You always want to look for a hardwood flooring company that you can trust. You don’t want someone who is just going to throw on the hardwood floors. It is best to have someone who will educate you throughout the process. Someone who can guide you in making the best decision for your housing needs. A hardwood installation company in Atlanta has a lot of great information on what to think about when getting new floors installed. Getting well educated about hardwood floors and having a trusted resource will ensure that you make the best decision.

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