- May 27, 2009
- Reaction score
Cabbi is the California Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns.Thank you - and no, not yet - that's part of what we're looking to find. And until I go look up CABBI, I don't even know what that is! (yep, a true newbie couple we are.) If you or anyone else has any recommendations for the Workshop(s) I will take them! I am hoping to get into one soon.And thank you as well! I have my fingers crossed, and am trying to learn as much as I can about all aspects - I'm like a sponge....so please feel free to share any wisdom =)Brand new to the forum and business - we're aspiring and have recently begun the property search. We've been contemplating many of the points that y'all have been discussing in this thread; we've found a couple historical buildings that have the essence and charm we are looking for. Now, thanks to this forum, we know to check into permitting and licensing BEFORE making our offers.That seems like a smart combination- picking up the physical property with permits and potential to be reborn. I think I would like the idea that I could get the property at a great price, build some sweat equity and start off the business like it was new.We bought an existing B&B but it was NOT turnkey. Even if the owner hadn't had a fire here while we were in the process of buying it (!) we still would've had a lot to do. We replaced all the mattresses, beds, linens, towels, much of the furniture; plus we painted everything.
But it wasn't only the physical buildings that we had to revamp, we had to build up the business. There was no 'goodwill' in terms of existing business. I can count on one hand the number of enquiries I've had from the PO's previous guests (meanwhile we get about 40% repeat business). The PO had been relying on snowmobilers and highway construction crew as her bread and butter, but we went after a completely different market and had to build that up from nothing.
So in many ways we started from next-to-scratch, but since it was already a legit business, at least we didn't have to go through any zoning or permit issues. I'd say it was much more affordable this way than if we were to build new or buy a healthy business. And while we haven't changed the bones of the buildings, we've made it our own to a great extent..
Part of the process that we are looking forward to is making it our own, and while we have found some turnkey properties available it's the work in progress ones that seem to catch our hearts as well as our eyes.
.and good luck for your project.
This is an exciting time for you. Do as much research as you can. Have you taken an aspiring innkeeper workshop? Did you go to the CABBI conference?
This is so very exciting indeed! And such a learning process!