Urban Decay’s Effect on Commercial Properties

Urban Decay’s Effect on Commercial Properties

We can see cases of urban decay all across the country.

The unfortunate reality is that a large number of commercial buildings fall prey to urban decay every year. It is important to point out that there isn’t just one cause for this sad truth. It is the result of a several intertwined social and economic conditions, which results in cities and towns being gutted every single year. This condition is seen through rubble in streets, abandoned buildings, and overrun sewers. Here is a brief overview of urban decay and its impact on commercial properties in today’s societies.

What is Urban Decay?

Urban decay can be defined as the gradual decline of a functioning city of town over time. In many cases, the areas experiencing urban decay can fall into complete disrepair. When sociologists try to rationalize urban decay, they usually point to old age and neglect.

Causes of Urban Decay

  • Failed businesses
  • Deindustrialization
  • Growth Of Unemployment
  • Economic breakdowns

What Urban Decay Can Lead To

  • Unemployment
  • Increased Poverty Numbers
  • Increased Crime Rates

The Importance of Maintaining a Viable Appearance

Commercial buildings are open to make money! It doesn’t matter what industry you are in; your end goal is to turn a profit for your business. If you own a commercial business, here are some reasons why you need to maintain your property’s appearance!

Attracts Customers

The average passerby on a street is not going to want to walk into a building that is noticeably falling apart. Not only do you need to keep the inside of your property clean, but you also need to be concerned about the outside as well. Curb appeal can go a long way when it comes to attracting and obtaining a customer base.

Maintain Your Parking Lot

Commercial parking lots are frequently neglected. Believe it or not, unattractive parking lots can have a detrimental effect on your business. It can easily deter customers and clients from your building. Make sure you are continuously cleaning off debris, filling in any cracks, and seal coating when necessary.

Maintain Your Striping

Faded striping can lead to confusion and accidents for your customers, not knowing where to park or what direction to drive in. Signage should also be kept straight and refreshed with age.

Maintain Your Drainage

Water supports life, but in massive quantities, can cause damage and erosion as well. Keep drains clear of debris. If storm water is not draining properly, this can lead to overflow and flooding situations. A professional contractor will be needed to restore the drains’ flow.

A parking lot contractor, such as Reliable Contracting, can keep your parking lot looking as new as it did the day it was built. Call Reliable today for a free estimate. 410-987-0313


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