After years of diligent study and hard work, it is a truly wonderful feeling to see your dental practice blossom and then thrive. Still, this type of success also breeds its own set of problems – most notably the need to expand the physical space of your office. In fact, the remodeling of your office space is a double-edged sword. It not only brings the short-term prospect of disrupting both your patients and your staff but also the long-term opportunity of expanding your business. Here are a few suggestions on how to handle your dental office remodel:
- Take the time to plan properly – If ever the old adage "measure twice, cut once" was in effect, it is in a business remodel of any kind. You may think that you know exactly what you need when you look at the space but a second pair of experienced eyes can really add a lot of value before the actual work even begins. In short, look and look again before the first nail is hammered. It will save you and your patients a whole lot of time of aggravation.
- Then, start with the reception area – Once your overall plan for your dental office remodel is finalized, this area should be at the top of the list to be completed. In fact, it is the easiest place to start the remodel and will keep your patients as comfortable as possible throughout the entire remodeling process. In addition, the reception area provides the first glimpse into your practice and should always look as good as possible – even if "Under Construction."
- Next, overspend on the equipment – Since technology develops so rapidly, it may seem counter-intuitive to purchase the best equipment possible. There is always something better coming down the road and the latest iteration may even fall in cost. At some point, however, you will have to pull the trigger and purchase something. In our estimation, purchasing the highest grade equipment provides the best return on investment.
- Always stay aware throughout the process – While it is may seem convenient to trust your architect and contractor, do not forget that it is ultimately your space and needs to conform to the specification of your dental practice.
- Finally, pay attention to the aesthetics – Many dental practitioners view their job as a purely functional one. The most successful ones also understand that there is an aesthetic element to what they do. When remodeling an existing dental practice, it is highly advisable to consider the use of natural stones and woods. The enhanced office space will provide a much more relaxed atmosphere. It is a win-win situation for both the patient and the staff.
Your dental office remodel need not be particularly problematic. Instead, a little forethought can go a long way in making the task as simple as possible. For further suggestions on how to best remodel your dental office to specifically suit your patients' needs, please contact us at HJT Design. We have the expertise and experience to reliably guide you through the process as easily and affordably as possible. Find us online at HJTDesign.com or reach us directly at 866.213.1268.