No Room at the Inn?

A Client asked for some guidance on their B & B investment project

We have just purchased a Bed and Breakfast business which has forward bookings. We want to redecorate throughout and re-launch the business with our own stamp on it and begin to serve evening meals, but we are unsure how to pull our ideas together and get the work done without adversely affecting the day to day business.

Assuming that the kitchen area is not one of the areas you wish to redecorate or refurbish at this stage you should be able to continue with business as usual providing you find yourself a good Project Manager and Designer. This could be the same person. The Project Manager and Designer will take your ideas, plan their execution and manage the whole process for you, keeping you informed every step of the way and leaving you to look after your guests. Each bedroom and en-suite could be taken out of use as bookings allow, and depending on how much work is needed it could be back in use within a week or two. If you have a guest lounge as well as a dining area you will need to think about amalgamating the two during the decorating period.

If the kitchen has to be refurbished or extended to allow you to provide evening meals you may have no choice but to block out a period of time for the work to be completed. At the same time it should be possible to work on the dining and lounge areas, leaving the bedrooms to be completed on a rotational basis.

It can be a complicated process, but if the building is structurally sound and the work you wish to complete is, in the main, decorative and therefore not very intrusive to guests, you should find that with some professional help in sourcing products, appointing and managing the trades and suppliers that you are able to continue business as normal

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