Ch  1 Hospitality
Ch  2 Basics
Ch  3 Theme
Ch  4 Better Old
Ch  5 Legal
Ch  6 Front Desk
Ch  7 Remodeling
Ch  8 Finance
Ch  9 Schedule
Ch 10 Labor
Ch 11 Marketing
Ch 12 Accounting
Ch 13 Now What
Ch 14 Forms

Remodeling and Furniture

    Up until now we have been pretty general in our description of what you will need but you will find that this chapter gets into a lot more detail. You willnot need to take notes because we have provided you with a check list in the 'Now What' chapter at the end of this ebook.

    Your first expense will be in buying the property unless you are fortunate enough to be living in a great location and very large home. Purchasing property includes an Appraisal, survey of property lines, loan fees, title insurance, recording fee and stamps, and real estate commissions. The down payment varies greatly, and of course the actual price of the property will be the biggest factor governing your initial expenses.

    Once the paper work of buying is complete, you will probably need to do extensive remodeling. These items include, copper plumbing, complete replacement of electrical circuits, outlets, switches, light fixtures, phone, cable, and computer lines, insulation, heating and cooling units, carpet or flooring, paint and wall paper. Don't forget the bathroom fixtures, hot water heater, roofing, windows, doors, kitchen cabinets and sink. You may also want to add a porch or two, a patio area, fencing, Jacuzzi, benches, gardening and landscaping plants and fixtures. A guest storage shed is a good idea if you do not want them putting their bikes, skis, muddy boots, fishing equipment, and beach toys in their rooms. Often a freezer for fish that they might catch is kept in the shed as well.

    Remember you are not just restoring an old place you are also modernizing it because todays travelers expect modern convince married with old world charm or country charm. They are not camping and probably not just spending the night, to you guests this is a mini resort.

    Now we need to furnish you Inn. Starting with the kitchen you will need a good dish washer, garbage disposal, gas or electric range and cover, coffee maker, food processor, can opener, a large refrigerator, and a full sized separate freezer. Enough dishes, silverware, glasses, cups, and accessories for when all your rooms are full.

    Americans are not comfortable sitting shoulder to shoulder so you will need enough chairs and table space to seat all your guests comfortably. Often in larger Inns, guests sign up for which hour they will be eating so that meals can be arranged into several seatings. It really adds a lot if real or silk flowers are used and pictures showing folks eating or food being displayed are hung on the wall.

    Common areas may include a parlor, living room, or drawing room and should not look like a lobby. You should also have at least one restroom with a lock. A small desk with pens and note paper, some comfortable chairs, a love seat, and couch with end tables, or a coffee tables will make it look more like home. A display case with nick knacks, and a bulletin board, some old pictures, a book case stocked with old novels, and games is always appreciated. Those games are never played at home but a lot of fun on a lazy vacation. If you buy these at a used store or yard sale make sure all the pieces are there. The foyer could have a coat rack with umbrella stand and a mirror for minor makeup checks. Often a back porch will have an ice making machine and an entrance to a laundry room.

    Each room will need at least Queen sized beds. Role away or hide-a-beds can accommodate room mates that are not comfortable sharing the same bed. A ceiling fan/light, night tables and lamps on each side of the bed with a radio/alarm clock, a small desk and chair that can be also be used to eat on, a dresser, closet with several hangers, ironing board, iron, and extra blankets. It will need a phone, TV, and Internet connection.

    You might be asking why the TV and Internet connection. Many Americans can't go to sleep at night unless they are lulled to sleep by a late night TV show, be sure the TV has sleep option. Also they demand to have access to the Internet so that they can check their email, plan their next stop, and find local shopping and attractions. Americans can no more get along without their Internet than electricity or water, so just accept it or be prepared for a lot of complaints.

    Do not skimp on the mattress. This is the most important element of a good night's sleep and a happy visitor. The bathroom is the second most important. You will need an outlet by the sink for a hair drying and shaver. Tile is almost mandatory and matching sink and shower/tub fixtures add a lot of class. You will need plenty of strong towel racks and don't forget the beautify products, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body cream.

    For linens you will need four sets of sheets and pillow cases for every bed, you will need four pillows two for each guest and enough covers for the season so that your guest will not be cold. The bath room will need a floor mat, four wash cloths, two hand towels, and two bath towels. If you have a Jacuzzi or beach available then ask your guest to get and return those towels at a station near the water.

    Many guests expect fruit or snacks and are always appreciative of a piece of chocolate on their night stands. You should have plenty of pictures, a small refrigerator, and a coffee maker with coffee, sugar, and creamer. The desk should have a lamp, a list of rules, accommodations, paper, pen, and maybe even a magazine or two. Be sure the windows can be opened for fresh air.

    An last but not least you will need an office and living quarters for you or a live in manager. Remember this will be home to someone and must be big enough and comfortable enough to live in all year round.