Things to Consider Before You Start Your Home-Based B&B

Starting your own Bed and Breakfast at your home is a great opportunity to bring in some extra money. It is easier than you may think, but it can also be a costly process to get started. If you have extra space or rooms in your house or adjacent to your house, it is ideal to start a B&B. Before you start breaking and re-building, there are a few things you need to know.


Do your research. Find as much information as you can about regulations and laws about having a B&B on your property. Also, research what you have to include in such an establishment and what your guests will need.

You need permits. Once you have done the research, you should know what types of permits and registrations you will need to operate a B&B from your home. Find out what steps you need to take to put things in motion.

Do some restorations. If your guests will be living in rooms away from the main house, you might need to do some construction work, or preferably hire someone to do it. Make sure that the plumbing and heating and things like that are working and in a good condition. If guests will be using rooms in your house, you may need to spruce up the inside and get rid of old furniture that no longer looks good.

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Offer all the necessary amenities. If the guest area is away from the main house, try to include a bathroom and small kitchen area for the guests. If they are sharing the main house with you, try and have an open bathroom available and have the basics for making tea and coffee in the room. Televisions are also a good idea.

You might need to hire extra help. Depending on the size of the guest house and how many people you can accommodate, you may need some extra help. Help with cooking, cleaning, and laundry may come in handy.

Once everything is ready, you should advertise locally, on websites, and social media to get the word out. Make sure you hire a good contractor to help with renovations or construction.

 

Important Features and Amenities that Any Bed and Breakfast Must Have

A Bed and Breakfast is a great alternative to a hotel. B&Bs always have more personality and warmth. My stays at B&Bs are by far the best ones compared to hotels. The food is great, the people are friendly, and each B&B has a different story, feel, and uniqueness. If you are thinking of starting a B&B, I think you are wise. However, there are certain things that modern-day B&Bs must have to attract guests.

 

A bedroom and a bed. This is kind of obvious, but you need to consider what size the room and the bed will be. It is a bad idea to have a small room that can only fit a bed. The room and bed need to be proportionate.

 

 

 

A bathroom. As far as possible, your guests need to have a bathroom that is only for them. A shower, basin, and toilet are all that is needed. If you can afford to add a bath, then do so. You need to ensure that they will have working plumbing and hot water.

 

 

 

An area to sit and relax. If your space allows it, add a comfortable chair or couch that can be a spot to read or relax. If space doesn’t allow for it, it’s not the end of the world. However, try to at least have one or two chairs available for seating.

 

 

 

Television and Wi-Fi. We live in an era where electronics rule the world. If you can offer your guests Wi-Fi, you will add some more pull to your establishment. A television with at least local channels is good. If you can offer cable channels, that will be better. Many people may not even really watch television, but it is good to have.

 

 

Secure parking. If your guests are traveling by car, you need to have secure parking for their vehicles. The safety of your guests and the security of their belongings should be your top priority.

When you hire a contractor to build or remodel your B&B, make sure that all of these things are included and that you can offer your guests all the necessary amenities and luxuries. The contractors need to keep in mind wiring for televisions and Wi-Fi connections, electrical outlets, etc.

6 Simple Home Improvement Ideas to Make Your Walkway More Inviting

So, you have a bed and breakfast at your home, but you want to take it to the next level. There are many small things you can do to make your home and bed and breakfast look more inviting. One of the ways to improve the look and appeal is by doing some low-scale home improvements to the entryways and common areas. Not sure what exactly to do? Here are a few ideas.

  1. Make a concrete red carpet. Build a walkway that leads from the street or where their cars will park to the door. It should be wide enough for two people to walk side-by-side.
  2. Make the entry a bright one. Make use of a splash of color to make your point of entry draw attention. A bright colored door will be inviting and immediately draw attention.
  3. Keep the view clear. Make sure that you trim away overgrown hedges or other plants that block the view of your house and front door. Rather trim the hedges and give it a clean and welcoming look.

  1. Add your personality. There are no rules about what features you can add and what not. Add a bit of personality to your walkway and entry points by being creative. Use colored tiles, a wooden door, interesting wall ornaments, shaped plants, etc.
  2. Make use of repetition. When it comes to design, repeating certain elements helps to connect everything. Repeat things like arches or window frames to give the exterior of your house a ‘together’, sleek and connected look.
  3. Add cover to the front door area. To keep your guests from getting caught in the rain or snow, add a roof or awning to your entryway or front door area.

These are very simple home improvements that can help to improve the appeal of your home as your guests arrive. Some you can do yourself, but others you need to find a home improvement specialist.