As a new investor, there may be more questions than answers and more tasks to tackle than you might have anticipated. And, while we are definitely living in a “do-it-yourself” world, thanks to economic constraints, it might be wise to consider talking to an expert carwash consultant before going any further with your carwash development.
Professional Carwash Consultant Christopher C. McKenna is here to tell you that there is a lot to be gained in turning to an expert in the field; and, a lot to be lost in trying to do it all yourself.
McKenna spent more than 20 years in the carwashing industry as an owner/operator, a consultant and a private investor. He also knows a thing or two about hard work having put himself through college while working as a window line laborer. He also owned his own carwash when he was just 25.
Below McKenna is offering up his top seven tips on what to do and consider before building or choosing a type of carwash.
|1.||The best advice I can give for new investors is to hire an experienced consultant.|
|2.||Be sure to consider:
|3.||Avoid these common mistakes:
|4.||Know your local government. This is the entity that decides your zoning (carwash, gas, oil & lube, etc.) and issues all of your permits (water, reclaim, handicap parking, etc.) and renews all existing permits, including your business license.|
|5.||Make sure to check for ground contamination if considering building a new facility.|
|6.||On a separate note, it is highly advisable to acquire the city’s and/or the county’s carwash account. They often go by the bidding process, so you’ll have to go through the formal contact procedures (call and ask for the fleet manager and he will tell you what you need to do).|
|7.||Time spent should be time invested. In other words, don’t waste time on projects or leads that do not ring true or seem realistic. Know your budget and don’t extend yourself financially on “maybes” or “probables.”|
Christopher C. McKenna of McKenna Enterprises LLC, based in Santa Barbara, CA, can be reached at (805) 636-1052, or via email at email@example.com. You can also visit his website at www.carwash-consultant.com.