However, when I see a remark from people that says "wooden catteries days are numbered", I believe it warrants a reply.
A diploma in kennel and cattery management obtained by a correspondence course would be of value. Contact the Animal Care College - telephone or visit www. It is necessary to have a sizeable catchment area in the immediate vicinity if all year round trade is to be attracted.
A superb facility in an isolated position will attract a small number of appreciative devotees but the majority will look for a facility on their doorstep and will not travel over far. Twenty-five miles is probably the most anyone will travel and five miles is likely to be the norm.
They must exist because it is a legal requirement that they are kept for five years. A profit and loss statement will not show the full picture and only accounts audited by a reputable firm of accountants will provide an accurate analysis and give reliable indication of growth and future prospects.
The agencies that sell kennels act for the vendor and are not going to go out of their way to draw attention to shortcomings. The agent's primary interest is to achieve a sale and earn a commission. You must not allow yourself to become mesmerised and blind yourself to realities.
You must not get into a situation that will be a continual financial struggle. Are they an asset or a liability? Modernisation or replacement is expensive and the true costs need to be known. The novice will probably be surprised at how expensive it is to provide buildings and how specialist they require to be.
Buildings should meet the new rules and be functional and workable. There is specialist advice available on this very important aspect of the purchase. Many kennels have had little or no investment in recent years and the owners may be seeking to dispose of a liability before the licence is withdrawn.
It is essential that this aspect is properly verified.
It is the intention to purchase and then carry out a rebuild or refurbishment it is advisable to obtain planning permission prior to the exchange of contracts on a purchase.
At the very least discuss your ideas with a Planning Officer to gauge reaction.
If you pay a fee for this it could be money well spent. Someone who has been in the business for several years is much more likely to spot potential problem areas.
A consultant will do a professional survey and audit and provide a detailed report. For details visit www. This is an area of rapidly increasing sensitivity and could become a trap for the unwary.
You should seek advice from the local Environmental Health Officer. Draining and insurance are relevant points. Banks may be hesitant to lend large sums and may want to see a managerial track record.
Their concern will be the difficulty that would arise if the business failed and they had to recover the loan. There are financial advisors with appropriate experience in the kennels and cattery field that you can approach.
It may not exist or may be linked to the reputation of the vendor. It is not a tangible asset and therefore banks will not accept it as collateral.
It may not be what the vendor claims but more importantly it is high risk and attracts heavy penalties from the Revenue if found out.Dog boarding insurance from Petplan Sanctuary offers a range of cover if your business involves caring for other people's pets in your own home.
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