Preparing To Sell My Dental Practice
Preparing To Sell My Dental Practice
By Megan Urban
Selling your practice can be a difficult decision to make for many reasons. Perhaps you aren’t ready to stop treating patients but want fewer headaches. Perhaps you don’t know where to start or how the process works. Start today by contacting us to provide you with years of experience to bring you comfort and understanding. Below are a few things to consider.
You can start by having us provide you with the potential value of your practice, without the cost of doing a full valuation. We can do the same for your property if you own it. These potential prices will assist you in working with your CPA and financial planner to determine what your retirement cash flow looks like. Be prepared to pay off any debt on the practice at the time of closing. Debt could be from recently purchased equipment or any loan you may have taken out against the practice. If you lease your space, please review your lease.
Start thinking about whether or not you want to continue working a bit. You may not be able to stay on at your office if there is not enough production for two providers. Perhaps you want to work at the dental school or cover for your friends when they are on vacation or sick. These important issues will need to be included in the purchase and sale documents if anything is outside the standard non-complete.
If you have a family member working in a main position in your practice who will be retiring as well or leaving the practice, consider options. We can discuss if it makes sense to hire and train someone new and if the wages you pay family are inflated, we need to consider that in the expenses and adjust potential income to a new buyer. The family member may also be held to a non-solicitation agreement or the like.
Preparing to sell also includes us looking at your dental software reports and tax returns. If dental reports don’t look accurate, they may need to be researched. If you refer out services, please start tracking this so we can provide a buyer with potential immediate increase in income if they can keep the services in-house.
Please look at your credit balances. Some dentists are surprised to see how high those balances are, and they will need to be addressed. It may be an error you can fix, such as unposted treatment or incorrect insurance adjustments. If it is truly a patient credit, get the patient in for an exam, cleaning, or any incomplete treatment. Any credit balances at closing will be directly reduced from the sale price.
If you have a lot of old accounts receivable, determine what needs to be written off, such as old accounts receivable that you know you cannot collect or family members that you don’t intend to charge. Accounts receivable are often purchased separate from the practice sale and aging amounts are reduced. If you allow monthly payments in your office and the patients are up to date on payments, you may decide to not sell these or negotiate for a higher price for this specific piece of accounts receivable.
Now may not be the time to get all new equipment if you are preparing to sell, but it may be time to shape up a few things. If you do not have digital x-rays and electronic charts, consider investigating the cost and process to determine if you want to take that on or not. We can discuss if painting or other minor aesthetic changes might make sense. Decluttering is always encouraged!
If you have a website, be sure to increase Google reviews. This is important to new young buyers.
Please do not tell patients and team members about potentially selling. We can discuss the timing of this for you and your specific situation.
If you are considering selling, let’s schedule a time to talk about the general process of selling your practice and how we are different in our approach to representing you and your best interests.