Anyone managed motels?
It seems to be a 24hr a day job. Folk coming and going at all hours. Great job for meeting folk from different places.
But its a real tie. You can't both be off the premises at the same time. Good if you have no other social life, but not so good if you enjoy going out or getting away for a few days.
My friends seem to have struck a balance - he stays at the motel pretty much 24/7 and she continues her part time job(she would not give that up for anything) elsewhere and does all the other jobs - the groceries etc.
Then there are the ratbags who like to throw parties and trash the place. Depends on where the motel is as to the frequency of these occurences.
And you may need part-time staff for the morning cleaning rounds - becoming an employer is another whole kettle of fish if you have not done it before.
Good, solid advice from an accountant and lawyer would also not go amiss as you are only the managers, not the owners
As in everything we do, there are pros and cons. Start making a list if you are seriously considering the move and see where it lands.......
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hilldweller;179628 wrote: Blimey! Probably harder to put stroppy human guests in their place then stroppy dogs, but then they'd be responsible for their own toileting which would have to be a plus. I think it would depend a lot on where the motels are, the sort of clientele and which end of the market they're in.
Yup, at least with the dogs I can plug in the pheromone thingy, and the humans might hopefully know to wipe their feet before they come inside (yeah right.) Te Anau was mentioned.
Motels? Well, it's a bit like others have said, and that's only from what I've heard. So, no real help. Although I would think that down at Te Anau you will find that there will still be a 'season' which may be quieter (say, about now) which is kinda in between 'tourist' and 'ski' seasons. And that may make it easier to delegate management duties for some relief time. And personally, I believe in this day and age of cell phones that good management will make it easier to get some moments together whilst still managing motels.
Just my two cents' worth.
Now sold block, of no fixed abode, building new house. Darling wife has passed 1 year ago.
My biggest observation would be that good managers are vital and you either are or you aren't a motel/hotel person in my opinion. In fact I would go as far as to suggest it is genetic LOL. I have seen people selling up their house to buy a motel lease and two years later get out of it with half the money they went in with due to the way they managed it (which isn't any slight on their personalities just an indication that they weren't motel people but thought they were)
Location is the next thing - the Statistics NZ website has some accomodation statistics that they collect monthly. The variation in occupancy rates round the country is interesting reading (if the guests don't want to stay the night you are unlikely to be able to make them!). Would also be worth considering the economic downturn - there are going to be less travellers IMO.
Before committing yourself it could be worth doing a kiwihost course or similar and if possible some sort of motel management course. The Moteliers Association may be able to offer some info.
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