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Getting Your Coffee Shop Ready For Sale

Sep 6, 2008
The decision to place your coffee shop for sale may be one you are eager to make. For others it is a decision that is difficult to make but the right one nonetheless. In order to get the best possible price for it though you need to get things in order. Keep in mind that anyone coming in with the wish to buy it needs to be convinced it is a good investment. That doesn't mean you aren't honest with what is going on though.

You can be sure questions about why they coffee shop for sale is taking place. You don't have to offer specifics but you should be willing to offer some information. If you aren't making money or you are just looking to do something else with your time that is sufficient. Potential buyers may press for more information so you will have to decide how much you would like to share.

Communication is very important when you have a coffee shop for sale. A potential buyer could spend weeks or even months getting financing and other things in place. Be prepared by having many of the things they will need ready from the start. For example it is only natural for them to want financial documents for the past couple of years.

It is worth it to have the coffee shop for sale evaluated by a professional. That way you will know what the value of it is. As the owner of such a business for a long time you may think it is worth more that is really is. That is because we often become emotionally attached to such business prospects in our lives.

If you owe more on the coffee shop than it is worth you could find yourself in a pinch. However, if you include all the equipment and things inside of it you may be able to get more. If you do owe more see if you can get a personal loan to cover the difference. That is because on one in their right mind is going to invest in a coffee shop when there is still money owed on it from the previous owner. It is simply to risky from a financial point of view.

When you set the asking price of the coffee shop for sale go higher than you actually need to. If a potential buyer offers to pay that price you will have some profits to go on a vacation with or to put into the bank. If they want to give a counter offer of a lower price you can drop the original cost. This will give them the impression that you are willing to work with them. You may to be willing to drop the price to their offer, but your reduction can encourage them to increase that original offer.

There is plenty of time and effort that must go into getting a coffee shop for sale ready. It can be time consuming and difficult to do all on your own. Incorporate the assistance of a quality real estate agent. They will only make money when they have secured a buyer for the coffee shop. Therefore they are going to go the extra mile to get interested parties to take a look around. They will also walk you through all of the paperwork so you don't have to worry about figuring it out on your own.
About the Author
Karyn Lewis is passionate about great coffee. If you are thinking of buying a coffee shop, and avoiding the common mistakes new owners make, you can read more at her recommended at her coffee business website.
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