As we approach the end of the year (aw, I can’t believe I’m saying that), it’s pretty common to look ahead and think about plans for the upcoming year. Many people like to make new year resolutions, but when it comes to hosting, this can often signal a time to refresh your home. Some new guest towels perhaps or a new coat of paint in the bathroom or something bigger like that garden shed you have had your eye on!
What are your plans for sprucing up your listing in 2020?
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I will be engaged in "light" renovations. Washing walls in high traffic areas, and painting guest room and bathroom. Some of this work involves fixing dings and chips in the walls and door molding. Painting is the best way to spruce up a space!
My house wants knocking down and starting again...
Certainly doesn't look like it needs knocking down if that's your place in the picture above!!
You want to see some of the places I've worked in, that are rental properties. Some are outright daangerous.
@Stephanie I was forced into an early upgrade due to some plumbing issues.
A bathroom leak destroyed a large piece of carpet in the room I rent out. I'd been planning to replace the carpet with laminate flooring anyway, so I just bumped up the timeline a bit. I am in LOVE with my new floors and the room looks soooo much better!
My big upgrade for 2020 will be replacing the double bed with a queen bed and a memory foam mattress.
And I have also switched up the furniture a little bit removing a very large shelving unit that overpowered the room and replacing it with a small bedside table and adding additional shelf space in another location in the room.
So basically, my room for guests is waaaay nicer than my own bedroom now. :-)
@Suzanne302 - reminds me of the "don't use the good china, don't use the nice guest towels" etc way of life growing up. All the nice stuff for us was for people who never visited ;)
You know, Brandon (my dog) had a memory foam bed? We have need to replace ours for about 3 years. Bloomin' lucky mutt!
Around Christmas last year, I decided I would freshen up one property .... strip some old wallpaper, give the walls a lick of paint .... should have been 1-2 weeks work at most .... but as I stripped the paper, a wall crumbled away .... 3 months later, I had gutted the property and completely renovated it .... and I was exhausted!! And I injured my shoulder while doing it - physio starts at the end of the month, 10 months after I got the injury.
Although I completely renovated that property, there are still some finishing touches to do .... and another property needs some work and a freshen up, but I certainly won't go crazy like last time!
strip some old wallpaper, give the walls a lick of paint .... should have been 1-2 weeks work at most .... but as I stripped the paper, a wall crumbled away .... 3 months later, I had gutted the property and completely renovated it ....
We call that the mushrooming project; a frequent occurrence in our older home. Highly sympathetic.
Oh dear Trevor what a journey. Do hope you recover soon and all your hard work and strife will be rewarded by happy and comfortable guests.
We typically do our major changes throughout the year. However, next year the plans definitely include restaining and filling scratches in some of our woodwork as well as (hopefully) getting new flooring for our kitchen.
Having almost completed our first year as hosts, there are a number of things we planned to do. However, we always said future investment must be justified by the returns. As our business is primarily seasonal, I'm a little nervous about spending the money in advance of confirmed bookings. Any guidance on likely variations in bookings from year to year (from more experienced hosts) would be most welcome.