Getting Your Practice Ready to Sell
By Cindy Pauley, DDS & Practice Transition Advisor, OMNI Practice Group
You are ready! You woke up one morning early last week and said to yourself, “It’s Time!”
You have loved being a practicing dentist. But for a multitude of possible reasons, you are ready to sell. So, what’s next? You look around and think is my practice ready to sell? All of a sudden you see the chipped paint and remember the door that sticks if you don’t open it a certain way. Not unlike a house that you are putting on the market, some quick accounting of your practice is in order. Unlike a house, big and costly upgrades will not net you a higher sales price. So, let’s talk about what is a great bang for the buck and what may be money thrown out the window.
First, some really great things that don’t cost much. If your paint is chipped worn or aged… paint! Painting is simple, fast, and the quickest way to make a great first impression during the showings. Second, and advisably after the painting, upgrade flooring if it is worn or really outdated. For both of these options, go for smart clean colors. For the flooring options, keep it simple. Commercial carpet or carpet tiles and vinyl sheet or luxury vinyl plank (LVP) are quick to install and look great.
Second, fix all minor repairs. Doors that stick, duct tape on a hose, or worn fabric on chairs can be easily and inexpensively repaired and add to an overall feeling of a well-run business.
Third, declutter your entire office. It is time anyway. Put things you can’t part with boxes and get them out of the office. Otherwise, use your local goodwill and dumpster and let things go. Walk through the office as if you were going to buy this practice. You know that you would want to have clean, clutter-free spaces to visualize your future dental life in.
Even if you choose to postpone your sale, all the things I have just mentioned should be done if they are needed regardless, so it is a win-win! Your staff and patients will love everything mentioned and it is an inexpensive boost to the whole business.
Notice what I didn’t include? That’s right. I didn’t include any expensive dental equipment upgrades. Much to the dental supply company’s sadness, new dental chairs and a cone beam are not a good investment if you are planning to sell soon. Do not buy a new laser or a CAD CAM machine because big equipment purchases, with rare exceptions, do not pay for themselves when a sale is imminent.
Ok, you are all set. Now what? Well, give a practice broker a call in the meantime to start the valuation process. A side benefit is that we are happy to come out to your practice and let you know what we see as the best things you can do prior to listing. Be ready for the answer to be that nothing needs to be done. If you look around and think “it looks pretty good here”, chances are we will too.
My door is always open for consultations at any stage of your practicing life. I am always excited to help you navigate the pathway to your new life’s adventures.