3 Aug 2017 2:19 PM - Veterinary
Renovating your vet practice will help your business grow with more facilities, better employee workflows and up-to-date branding. But to achieve a strong return on investment, it requires careful planning.
Follow our seven-step checklist to ensure the renovation of your vet practice gets the best results:
Step 1: Identify return on investment
Before you do anything else, understand exactly what you want to achieve from the renovation and how this will help you to achieve your business goals over the next five to 10 years.
A renovation comes with a significant investment, so it’s important to know that this investment will return benefits across your business. You don’t want to have to renovate your practice every two years, so consider the growth rate you’re aiming for over the next decade and what facilities you’ll need in place to achieve this.
Step 2: Solve existing problems
If the current interior layout is causing problems, you may want to address these first. For example, ensuring your staff can take dogs out through a back entrance will ease traffic in your front reception area, and locating recovery areas close to treatment rooms will also be better for workflow.
The last thing you want to do is replicate existing problems on a larger scale with a poorly planned renovation. Unless you address these problems head-on, a renovation won’t magically solve them on its own.
Step 3: Put a design in place
When designing a renovation, it’s vital to put your patients’ and employees’ needs first. That means ensuring your examination rooms are pet-friendly, and your staff have all the necessary tools and equipment well organised and close to hand.
You’ll also need to ensure that your floorplan design accounts for all the little details. For example, it’s important to separate pets from exterior entrances to ensure they don’t escape, and be careful where you locate boarding cages. Separating them from examination and recovery rooms will minimise noise disruption.
Use our template to set out your wish list vs must haves to ensure all the necessities have been accounted for before you turn your attention to the finer details.
Step 4: Define your scope of works
With a clear renovation design in place, you’ll need to define a scope of works. Go through your list of must-haves and determine any associated factors such as the need for secure outdoor areas for walking dogs, or the accessible placement of power points your operating equipment.
Now it’s time to set a budget. You can either do this based on the finances you have available, or contact contractors for detailed quotes to give you a clear ballpark for your project.
Step 5: Finance your project
With a budget in place, you can begin to examine your financing options. If you don’t have the available cash to finance the renovation yourself, you might consider bringing in some partners, or contacting a specialised healthcare finance company.
Step 6: Compare quotes
Choose at least three contractors to quote on your project to give you a strong basis for comparison. Look for contractors with specialised experience in vet practice renovations, and submit the same scope of works to all contractors to ensure you’re assessing them on a level playing field.
Step 7: Select a contractor
Check out our seven-step guide to choosing a contractor, and be sure to discuss terms, conditions and contracts with your selected supplier.
Cassin’s are specialists in custom medical fit outs and veterinary fit outs with more than 28 years of experience in the healthcare fit out industry. Call our friendly team on 1300 122 774 to find out what we can do for you.