What exactly is a guest house?
In a mobile home, your guests will have it good with their own kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedrooms. They’ll basically have the comforts of a home away from home. During their visit, they won’t feel anxious about disturbing you. They can come and leave the home at will.
Having a guest house is also great for grandparents who plan on having extended stays at certain times in the season. The kids can have the benefit of getting to bond with grandma and grandpa close by while giving everyone their own home space.
Additionally, when not in use, you can use the guest house as a vacation rental to bring in a little income on the side.
How to turn your mobile home into a guest house
But how do you get there? What does a guest house need? Well, you’ve come to the right place. With these tips and tricks applied, you’ll have a fantastic guest house in no time at all.
Low maintenance furniture and furnishings
To begin with, we suggest putting in furniture and furnishings that are easy to clean. You don’t want to complicate your life with a difficult to clean environment. You have enough on your hands as it is with your own home. Toss a guest house into the mix and dealing with two homes to maintain can be quite the chore.
Keep things simple so you can have a quick turn around in cleaning in between guest visits.
For upholstery, curtains, bedspreads, and such stay away from easily stained materials.
Wifi signal available
Wifi is another must-have for giving your mobile home the perfect guesthouse experience. Nowadays, most people are using internet-dependent devices such as laptops, tablets, and phones.
If your own home’s wifi is within reach, you may wish to consider creating a separate wifi login for your guests. Perhaps your internet access is metered. In that case, you can put a limit on how much data your guests may blow through. Make sure you leave a friendly note with the wifi password. Explain that your internet access isn’t set up to stream data-heavy information such as video.
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Guestbook for signing
Some people like to have a guestbook in their guest home or apartment. You could set one up on the coffee table with a sign asking guests to please write their name and the date of their visit. It’s a great little keepsake for your family to look back at all the visitors you hosted throughout the years.
Your guestbook can simply be a nice little journal that you’ve spruced up for fun.
Amenities for your guests
So we’re on a roll with getting that mobile home into a guest house vibe. How about some fun and practical amenities for your guests?
There are several ways you can run with this.
On the practical side, we would definitely include a washer and dryer. Your guests won’t have to worry about inconveniencing you if they need to wash and you won’t have to worry about clashing with different wash schedules.
Satellite TV, a coffee bar, and a DVD library are a few amenities to keep readily available to your house guests. Additionally, consider keeping a few board games around for fun.
An information binder
For your guest house, we’d recommend placing a binder in a visible area of the mobile home. The kitchen or dining room table may be a good place for that. In the information binder, you can provide your guests with a directory of restaurants, local attractions, and useful locations such as gas stations and supermarkets.
Use a cleaning checklist for maintenance
To make your job easier, create a cleaning checklist for maintenance. Don’t just clean. Come up with a system that will streamline the cleaning of your mobile home guest house.
By creating a checklist, you will work efficiently and you won’t miss the often neglected places like baseboards and the coffee pot.
Start making your to-do list!
In closing, setting your mobile home up to cater as a guest house doesn’t have to be complicated. Once you have everything in place, all you have to worry about is the upkeep.
Before you open your mobile home to guests, you may want to consider a remodel.