Tax Time Isn’t All Bad When You Can Travel

With tax day approaching soon, what are planning to do with your tax return? We know about all the bills and other expenses we all incur during the year that we use our tax return for but maybe we need a couple of days away or a weekend to let our loved ones know how wonderful they have been this year. There are so many Bed and Breakfast Inns that offer great midweek specials that are not so expensive that it will break your bank account.

Accommodations at Bed and Breakfast Inns are almost always beautifully decorated, cozy and comfortable and many offer afternoon teas, event packages, dining, business conferences and for the really daring, with a significant other, maybe a wedding or vow renewal ceremony all at affordable rates. Enjoy a massage and spa day, golf nearby with your partner or if you’re alone, let your Innkeeper know you would like to enjoy meeting new friends. If you just want to visit to be alone, many B&B/Inns have great libraries full of movies and books for your enjoyment. It does not matter where you live; tax time is here and we do hope you have or will be receiving a nice sum to allow you to enjoy yourself. A day or two of rest and relaxation to be pampered is a gift to yourself. Visit our www.BedandBreakfastNetwork.com and you will find yourself knowing that this is the perfect way to relax and enjoy all that work you did last year.

The Aardvark Team

Top 10 Tips for Innkeepers/Owners Selling Your Bed and Breakfast Inn

Only being 30 days into 2013, we’ve already seen a lot of bed and breakfast inns change ownership and go up for sale. With all of this ownership change, we have seen what helps a B&B to sell right away and what causes them to stay on the market for a while. We want to pass these tips along to you to help you get your B&B sold so you can move on to the next stage in your life.

  1. A fresh coat of paint is a must. Bright bold colors are not as attractive to the buyer who are looking to purchase your property as natural colored walls.
  2. Make sure the bathrooms are not just clean but immaculate and freshly painted. If mold is an issue, spray the surfaces with one part water and one part bleach and the mold will be gone. Shower doors must be clean and can be scrubbed with one part muriatic acid and 10 parts of water. They will be sparkling clean now. If the vanity is old, replace it with a new, updated sink. New towels and accessories are a must.
  3. Pack away any photos or personal items. This is important because the buyer wants to imagine themselves in your bed and breakfast inn with their own ideas for decorations. It will also make your B&B/inn look larger.  There is nothing more that will deter a potential buyer than a cluttered property. You may even consider renting new furniture to make your B&B/inn look better.
  4. If you have squeaky doors, make sure they are oiled. If the front door squeaks when your potential buyer comes up, that may be the only thing they remember from their visit. You want everything to be perfect.
  5. Shampoo your carpet, buff your hardwood and treat your tile grout. Flooring will be one of the first things your potential buyer looks at when they walk in the front door. After all, they have to look where they’re stepping when they walk in. Black grout joints that obviously should be white will tell your buyer that cleanliness is not number one on your priorities list. You want your floor to sparkle or in the case of carpet, look like its brand new with a few shampoos from a rented carpet cleaner or by a professional carpet cleaning crew.
  6. Make sure that your furniture and bedding matches and has that “new look”. Make sure the master bedroom is designed for both sexes and the bedding and decorations reflect its gender neutrality. New bedding and sheets can really perk up the look of a bedroom. This goes the same for your living/family room. If needed, buy covers for your sofas.
  7. Make sure there is plenty of light turned on when your potential buyer visits and make sure everything is spotless. This lets the potential buyers know you have kept your B&B/inn in a condition that they will want to purchase it as-is. If you need to replace old light fixtures, you can find them at any hardware store.
  8. What about the outside look of your B&B/Inn? Cleaning your windows, pressure washing the outside walls and walkways, replacing plants that are not thriving, fixing loose brick or stones, trimming trees and adding new potted plants can make a world of difference when your potential buyer drives up and walks to your front door. Don’t send them running for the hills with an unkept lawn and dead shrubs.
  9. Make sure you or your realtor advertises in as many online bed and breakfast inn directory websites as possible. The exposure you get from listing your property on sites like www.InnsForSale.com can be the difference in whether or not you sell your property. From our experience, the potential buyer may have seen your property on one site and then found you again on another site. Having your B&B on multiple resources can help keep your property on the front of a buyers mind. And be sure that these websites have professional looking photos on them. No matter how beautiful your bedrooms might be, a scan of a polaroid picture with a timestamp from 1999 on it does not show professionalism and can be enough to have your inn passed right over by a potential buyer.
  10. So in short, remember: sparkling clean, new paint, definitely no clutter and if need be, call a professional staging company to help you.

For more tips or with help on selling your bed and breakfast inn, visit our B&B/inn sales directory at www.InnsForSale.com.

We wish you much success with the sale of your property.

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Country Cabin Manor in Alfred Station, New York For Sale

Country Cabin Manor Alfred Station New York is a great opportunity. A log home set in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. 4,000 square feet of guestrooms with vaulted ceilings and skylights, private baths with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, dining room and maintenance free deck. Turn key with furnishing included. B&B has been in business for 10 years. Located near golf courses, antique shops, and only an hour from Corning Glass Museum and Finger Lakes wineries. Two local collages close by and this is the only Bed and Breakfast in the immediate area. Affordable priced and negotiable.

DNS Services Managed DNS Backup Business Service Is A Scam

Fake, scam, trickery, thievery; all of these words describe what the company DNS Services is doing to web hosting clients. It has been brought to our attention by one of our own clients that this company is attempting to trick web hosting clients into paying for a service that they do not have, need or would ever want. Again, the company to look out for is DNS Services (www.dnssvc.com) and they are sending out invoice letters based on the information retrieved from public DNS records to attempt to solicit people into spending their hard-earned money on nonsense. Below is a copy of this letter (click to see a larger version):

As you can see, I have removed the information from our client that received this letter to protect his personal information but all other pertinent info related to the “bill” is still intact. Of importance, if you look at the bottom of the image, you can see I enlarged a portion to show that they themselves are even noting that “DNS Services Inc. is not affiliated with your current name server provider”. This should be a red flag for any hosted website; if you receive an “invoice” like this from DNS Services or any other company attempting to follow in its footsteps, DO NOT PAY IT and call your hosting provider. If you own any websites, make your DNS record private so that your information cannot be retrieved from the public DNS records using a WHOIS lookup. We have the ability to keep our info safe and stop this from happening in the future and I feel all web hosting providers have a responsibility to do so.

Should you receive one of these letters, report it to your hosting company right away and DO NOT PAY IT. They will tell you the best course of action in reporting it. If you have sent them money, STOP PAYMENT ON THE CHECK! They are noted on other reputable websites as not answering their phones or responding to any sort of correspondence with their company whether by phone, e-mail or snail mail.

UPDATE (1/9/2013): We informed OpenSRS of this issue and they created a blog post as well which can be viewed at http://www.opensrs.com/blog/2013/01/beware-of-dns-services-invoices/. Everyone who owns a website should be aware of this.

Top 11 Tips For Selling An Inn

Several things we wanted to point out that you need to include in the description of your Bed and Breakfast Inn for Sale:

1. How lovingly you have maintained the property and tended to the B&BInn when necessary maintenance has been needed.

2. How beautifully decorated and spacious the rooms are.

3. If your landscaping is visually beautiful and inspiring for relaxation or meditation include this.

4. If you have remodeled or redecorated recently make sure you let your potential buyer know.

5. Make sure you include if rooms all have their own bath and mention how many rooms at least twice.

6. Pool. Make sure you include it is sparkling the pool and how well it has been maintained.

7. If you near the water include the comment fabulous water views.

8. Located in a prestigious location another positive mention this or if it is located in the country mentions how beautiful the mountains are and include some of the activities.

9. If your B&B/Inn is perfect for weddings, events and other entertaining this is another positive.

10. Restaurant or gourmet evening dining, afternoon teas or social activities on the weekends.

11. Be sure to mention activities at your B&B/Inn and in the area that are fun and exciting.

Wanted to mention a couple of things to include in your ad just in case you may have forgotten.

How Much Repeat Guests Mean to Your Business

In the Bed and Breakfast Inn business repeat business is everything. From the value of their first visit to their return because you have gained their loyalty with your services and smiles. These services such as great rooms, amenities, and a very important staff training. A staff can make or break you. Smiling, polite and quick to please staff members customer service will bring repeat bookings as well as word of mouth recommendations. Invest in your staff give them the tools to make this a successful business which will benefit both of you. Just a one time stay at your business with poor customer service could cost you. A bad review will be there for a very long time and will make a difference in many bookings to come. Make sure you and your staff listen to your guests because reviews are taken seriously because these reviews are taken seriously. Maintenance of your property is a must. The best quality mattresses, spacious beautifully decorated rooms, enlist the help of a decorator who will help follow the theme of your B&B/Inn. Welcome your guests with a coffee, tea, special drink that is of your own recipe. Speaking of recipes when your guests leave send them off with a special recipe you may have prepared for breakfast that they especially enjoyed or other little gift. This may bring them back again. Give your guest their space but also be there if they need casual or fine dining recommendations, directions to special attractions, or shops or antiquing, golf or something that may be of interest to them that they may not even have that they may not even know was in the area. Discounted tickets to events, dining, museums, galleries are a wonderful gift for your guests. Remember your guest visits are short and their time is valuable. Free services or random kindness is always remembered and goes a long way to making your reviews exceptional.
As company in this business we read reviews constantly to keep up with who’s who in this industry and when we see one review we will question who is at fault but when we read many reviews we know that something is amiss and that the Innkeepers need to take these reviews seriously and also be more considerate of their guest and the B&B/Inn property.
We hope this blog has been helpful. We hope that all of the Bed and Breakfast Inn will be successful and that their guest will feel really special on their time spent with you at your Bed and Breakfast Inn.
– The Aardvark Team

Going Green – A Modern Look For B&B’s

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Bed and Breakfast News around the world says “going green” is something you want to consider when purchasing a bed and breakfast inn. A “green environment” for your guest is being a responsible owner/innkeeper of your B&B/inn property.

What does it mean to “go green”? Recycling paper, aluminum, glass, cardboard and asking your staff to commit to this too is important. Do away with plastic. Use stainless steel reusable water bottles and not plastic bottles. If painting your bed and breakfast, use the best water-based paint that has no air pollutants. Think about the cleaning products you will be using. Cotton rags are the best to clean with. Turn off electric appliances when they are not in use. Shutting off your TV, lights, computers, toasters, etc. will not only save you money but will help with “going green”. Turn the off the hot water heater when not in use or at least turn it down. Get rid of aerosol cans. Dispose of chemical waste. Use reclaimed lumber for floors, doors, fences and any other things you need to repaid that are wooden on your property. Donate to thrift stores for recycling furniture and clothing. Use a timer when taking a shower; those few minutes less will keep your water heating costs down. Make sure you have full loads for washer, dryer and dishwasher before washing and drying. Make lists before you go out to do your shopping this way you will not use so much fuel and the environment will be safer.

Plant a garden of vegetables or flowers to have fresh arrangements every day for your guests and your inn. Did you know planting a tree reduces carbon dioxide up to 2,000 pounds a year in the environment? A couple of trees would be a great contribution to “going green”.

As you can see InnsForSale.com and BedAndBreakfastNetwork.com has strong opinions about “going green”. Set the example for guests to see you use so they will follow. We strongly encourage you to read as much as you can and put into action “going green” for your bed and breakfast inn, for yourself and most importantly, for mother earth.