The exterior of your business is the first impression most people will have of you, so it’s important to keep it perfect. If your clients and prospective customers are met with a weed-filled, rubble-covered parking space, it can be a big turn off.
This in mind, it’s important to care for all areas of your company, from exterior to marketing to SEO. No one thing is more vital than the other, and being an all-around package is something you should seek.
So, to not neglect your outside space, here’s how to make the most of it. If you have the area for a parking lot, I strongly recommend you go ahead and create one. It could be the difference between looking professional and looking amateur.
Firstly, you’ll need to decide whether the parking lot will be for employees only, customers only, or both. This all depends on the space you have and the amount you’re willing to use. It also depends on your budget; you may not have enough to fit all those cars in!
You should also make sure your company owns that strip of land outside. You may think it came with the property deeds, but double check. Sometimes, it can be in very fine writing! Enquire with the landlord or previous tenant if you’re not too sure.
Decide on a point of access too, and making things easier for those with a disability. Set aside a couple of parking spaces for those who need them the most, in order to make yourself more universal. You have to be inclusive in all areas of business, and that includes here.
The build itself
You’ve dozens of options here, so take your time and don’t rush. In terms of ground material, you could enquire with a commercial paving specialist to find the solution that’s right for you.
This depends on factors like your location, and whether you’re on a hill or not.
If you’re sloping downwards, then water should slide away, but if you’re flat, then water will collect.
Have an architect conduct an audit on your site to inform you of any potential problems you may face. Don’t to forget to communicate to your employees that your exterior parking will be out of action for a few weeks!
Enlist the help of a building company to install the ground materials professionally. This will also make sure that any pipework underground is identified and evaded.
This also means that the job will be done to a high standard. And isn’t that the point, to make a solid first impression?
Once the job is done, make sure you mark the area with all the usual signs and signals you’d expect. Use bright white lines to separate spaces (parking spaces should be 9 feet wide) and install any disability and security signs.
Make sure you also install a security gate of some kind, perhaps with a barrier. This will stop any unwanted guests from entering, and ensures your business remains secure!
So, hopefully this article helped you out somewhat.
You’re well on your way to a perfect company, inside and out!