Property changes can be big or small when you decide to share your home with strangers. But why would you do that anyway?

Would you enjoy getting up early in the morning and cooking eggs lots of people? Do you long to welcome people from all over the world into your home and stay up late into the night swapping stories over a glass of wine?

If so, then you may be one of the many people that dream of running a bed and breakfast business out of their own home. However, before you can turn your private residence into a working B&B, it is necessary to make some property changes. To find out what these are, read on.

Separate the guest and home areas

Number one on the list of property changes you will need to consideris to ensure that you have a separate area for the guest bedrooms and your own living area.

How you do this will depend on the layout of your property. It may be that you give yourself an entire floor to which guests don’t have access. Alternatively, you could build extra rooms outside of the main building that you can either live in or rent out to visitors, keeping the two separate.

It’s so important to do this because you will need some time when you aren’t in ‘host with the most’ mode, so you can relax without being interrupted with guest questions and requests.

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Decorate the rooms

Once you have decided where the guest rooms will be situated, it’s time to decorate them and kit them out. Be aware that if you can include a sink and ensuite in each room, you will be able to ask a higher price, and also make life a lot easier for yourself.

The reason for this being that there is less chance for guests to clash if they don’t have to share a bathroom!

Remember too, that while bed and breakfast aren’t always the most luxurious of accommodation, guests will still expect a certain standard. That means it is necessary to make the room light and airy, and as easy to clean as possible. Especially if you do the cleaning yourself.

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Ensure the facilities in your home can cope

A task that many bed and breakfast owners forget to do is ensuring that the facilities in their home are robust enough to cope with the additional amount of people that will be using them.

After all, if you shower runs out of hot water after one person has used it, you will have a lot of grumpy guests to deal with if you have a full house. To this end consider installing one of these commercial hot water boilers instead of one designed for a private residence.

Then you can be sure that no matter how many people are using the system it will be able to cope with the demand.

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Clear space for a dining room

Lastly, don’t forget that the breakfast side of things is just as important as the beds. That means you need to clear a space big enough to house tables and chairs for everyone to eat at in the morning.

Something you may have to knock a wall through to do to ensure your home will work as a B&B.

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