June 4, 2020  
 
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Selling an Engineering Surveys Business

Does the economy have you down? For exiting owners, the idea of listing their company now can be terrifying. But selling your engineering surveys business doesn't have to be as daunting as it sounds.

Dire economic forecasts have forced many engineering surveys business sellers into hibernation. Instead of listing their companies now, they're hanging back until they see signs of an economic recovery.
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At Gaebler, we're seeing engineering surveys business sellers succeed by applying sound sales principles combined with a refusal to be intimidated by a down economy.

Selling Time

From the day they decide to sell their company, the question that plagues many owners is how long it will take to sell their engineering surveys business. Although asking price and other factors contribute to sale time, it's difficult to predict how long your business will be on the market before you locate the right buyer. To adequately prepare your business listing, plan on spending six months to a year prior to listing. Even though it's conceivable that an attractive opportunity could sell in weeks, an immediate flood of offers could indicate that the business is underpriced.

Adjusting Expectations

Every business seller dreams of a fast sale and a fat payday. However, no one told the marketplace about your expectations. The outcome of your sale will be determined by market forces - not by your personal circumstances or desires. Despite your best efforts, you need to prepare yourself for the possibility of receiving less than you expected from the sale of your engineering surveys business. If price is the most important outcome, you may need to agree to seller financing or other concessions. If a fast sale is the highest priority, you may need to lower the asking price to quickly capture the attention of the marketplace.

Finding Engineering Surveys Business Buyers

It's difficult to predict where the buyer of your engineering surveys business will come from. So you'll need to take a diverse approach to identifying prospective buyers. Many sellers achieve success by listing their engineering surveys businesses in multiple channels. Sellers should also recognize the value of promoting their sale in trusted business networks, carefully balancing the need for confidentiality with the promotional potential of their contact base.

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