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Buying Tips - Appointment
Buying Tips

Making the appointment to view the property

It is fairly well known that the slowest time for most in the hospitality industry is between October and April.  These are the times when the property owners will be able to devote more time to discussing the property with you.  When you make the appointment to view the property, be sure to arrive on time and allow yourself a large block of time for viewing, taking into consideration the size of the property.

Take notes as you walk through, writing down key information from your own observations and from the property owners.  Remember they have actually owned and operated this property and what they have to say may be of major value to you.  Always ask questions; you can't learn if you don't ask.  Most property owners will show you things that may need attention in the near future.  Find out if any deviations, repairs, or upgrades will be performed by the current owners prior to transfer of the business.  If they agree to make any such alterations, be sure to write them down and include this in the sales contract.  Otherwise, you will need to deal with them yourself upon transfer, which could result in problems.

Like any property purchase, ask a lot of questions, carefully inspect the property, and take copious notes.  Another suggestion is to video tape what you see.  This allows you to sit down at home and watch it as many times as you want.  You can also listen carefully to everything that was said by the current owner.  This entire process can be overwhelming and many times you may hear something important the second time around that you missed while you were there.

Depending on your background, you should always hire inspectors to check out the property for electrical, plumbing, and structural issues.  Yes, this will incur further costs to the buyer, but in the end it may save you from a nightmare and further financial burden.  Most owners will have no problem with a pending inspection.  If they do seem overly hesitant, there may be a problem they are trying to cover up.  At that point, you probably want to consider another property choice.

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