We have talked about the process of remodeling and renovating bathrooms before, after all, we are the experts. But bathrooms aren’t the only part of a hotel renovation that happens. To that end, we decided to address that topic on the blog- how to best plan your hotel renovation, from the lobby to bathrooms, to ensure that it goes smoothly, on schedule, under budget, and all the other necessities for a solid project.
Renovations aren’t only for run-down motels after changing ownership. Needing a renovation doesn’t mean your hotel isn’t what it once was. If the Ritz-Carlton needs a renovation, there’s nothing wrong with revamping your own hotel’s vibe. If your hotel is a part of a hospitality brand, then it may be time to get it renovated up to brand standards. Whatever the reason you are looking at a hotel renovation, check these boxes and you should have a smooth project.
Hotel Renovation 101
When it comes time to renovate, many folks start with a simple goal, say, new carpets. But as soon as the job starts and the workers are tearing up carpet, you begin to think that maybe they should also do just this other room. Or maybe the lighting fixtures don’t match the new carpets and now you’re thinking those need to get adjusted. And so… scope creep!
Before you begin pulling up carpet or knocking through walls, start with a concrete scope of work. This should be determined by the schedule and budget you have available. Are you running a location that’s part of a larger brand? Understand what their requirements, regulations, or other guidelines may be. This will give you a clear agenda when it comes to your hotel renovation.
Better Budget, Better Bids
You have your budget settled on? Now utilize the right contractors to get the most out of your budget! Get bids from numerous, reputable companies and contractors *ahem,* especially those with hotel experience *ahem ahem.* Contractors with hotel experience know the revenue lost when the hotel renovation schedule isn’t maintained. Of course, don’t take the lowest big automatically, it isn’t always the best answer just because it meets budget concerns. Compare the bids, the experience of the contractors, and look for who will get it done within your plan.
Clear Lines of Communication
Hotel renovations frequently require all-hands-on-deck, between you, your employees, and the contractors, everyone should be aware of what’s happening when and how. A project can run anywhere from a couple of months to several years and feeling engaged in the project helps everyone stay afloat.
So long as you go into your hotel renovation with open eyes and a clear plan, you can be sure your renovation is successful, minimizing any possible lost revenue for the time the hotel isn’t operable. Ready to get your hotel renovation moving? Roll up your sleeves, set your scope, build a budge, and get some bids in, it’s time to bring your hotel up to snuff.