Dental Office SPace For Your Practice

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Opening your own dental office can be overwhelming. It’s best to sit down and make a list of the key elements and things you want and/or need in your medical office space. Be as specific as possible and include equipment and medical devices.

  • How much space do you need or want?
  • Where do you want to be located?
  • Do you know how to negotiate your lease?

The following are just a few items you want to have in mind when deciding on what you need in your dental space:

  • How many rooms do you want? This will determine how much square footage you will need, and it will also determine the size of your waiting area.
  • Rooms you need include: waiting room with a front desk, business checkout area, handicapped bathroom, mechanical closet, IT closet, and also a lab and sterilization area. These may be separate or together.
  • Rooms you would like to have but may not need might be: a private office, private bathroom, pan area, staff lounge, consultation room, storage closets, etc.
  • Consider how many existing dentists are in your desired location.
  • Do you want a high-profile site?
  • Are you looking for cost efficiency or elite appearance?
  • If you’re a dental or orthodontic specialist who only works from referrals you can look for a less costly space on an upper floor. Your office can also be situated off a main road or you can locate in a building with less exposure.
  • A location in a high-rise building with occupied space on the floor below is usually the most costly as far as your construction or build-out fees are concerned, but typically is less per square foot in your lease expenses.
  • Will your patients need access to public transportation?
  • Is there enough parking for your staff and patients?
  • When negotiating your lease, you want to have a long-term commitment. If you are doing a build-out your expense will be a large investment, and taking the chance of having to move or rebuild in a new location any time sooner than 10 years would be unwise.
  • Many owners today are willing to give you three months of free rent, but this can change at any given time.
  • It could take anywhere from 12 to 18 weeks to do a build-out on new dental office space. Working some free rent into your agreement will help generate income while the construction is being completed.

The advantage of working with a professional dental tenant representative who knows dental real estate is valuable for many reasons.

  1. They can help you determine how long-term factors will affect your current lease scenario.
  2. They can bridge the gap between you and the landlord to help retain flexibility with your lease terms.
  3. And they know where to look for the best dental lease properties, many times before the properties are even on the market.

Contact us to being your search for the right dental practice real estate options in your area. We proudly serve medical professionals nationwide.