A new dental or medical practice needs to be built well to support a profitable business in the long term. Sometimes exclusive fittings can deteriorate quickly and lead to refurbishment costs earlier than they could have been experienced.
When you build and open a new practice it is common to start with one chair or treatment room and then open additional rooms or chairs as the patient base grows. Planning for the growth of your practice can save you significant money as it allows you to do the fitout in the most cost-effective way. There are a number of items that are much cheaper to install during the initial fitout rather than put them in later. Even though you are spending the money earlier, you will still save money in the longer run.
IT is an area where good planning can save you significantly. Running cabling and conduits when you first build is very inexpensive compared to doing it later once the practice is up and running. Utilising grid ceilings in the treatment room areas also helps you grow later without expensive cost or repainting ceilings.
Dental chairs and specialised dental joinery can be installed later with ease providing the provisions are in place ahead of time.
Dental cabinetry is a significant expense in the fitout process. Good cabinetry is an investment that can possibly last your whole working life. Check for construction with water resistant plinths and modules. A dental specific cable management system should also be incorporated within the cabinets to allow for easy installation of IT and electrical services both now and in the future. Laminate finishes for doors and benchtops are cost effective and last many years without deteriorating. The modern selection of finishes is almost unlimited and includes high gloss, metallic, satin, woodgrain and many others.
Your practice becomes an asset that can be sold in the future. Practices that are at full capacity will have less value than practices that have provisions in place for further growth and increased turnover.