The biggest challenge to this question is that Interim Innkeepers are independent contractors. Therefore, everyone charges differently. The only way to know is to talk to the Innsitter directly. Here are a few examples of how an Interim Innkeeper might charge.
- A daily rate…An Interim may charge a per diem of say approximately $125-150.00 based on the size and detail of the inn.
- A percentage of occupancy…An Interim may charge a percentage of occupancy during their stay such as a 70/30 or 60/40 split.
- A daily rate + a percentage of occupancy…An Interim may charge a lower per diem (I.e. $80.00) in a season where occupancy is lower then add on a percentage of the actual occupancy. (i.e. If you had a night with no guest, the rate would be $80.00. If you guests, it would be $80.00 + a % per room.)
- A daily rate + percentage of daily bookings both current and future… An Interim may charge a lower per diem + a percentage of the bookings they make for you while you are away. (i.e. $100.00 + $75.00 which is 10 % of 5 nights @ $150 per night)
Generally, the things an Innkeeper does to run their Bed and Breakfast on a daily basis are included in the daily rate. However, every Bed and Breakfast is run as different as every owner of a Bed and Breakfast is different. So, items above the "dailies" may be added on at a per item fee. (i.e. $20 per room for housekeeping if your housekeeper is a no show, $10 per day for walking the dog and picking up behind him, $% of special events)
Being independent contractors, everything is negotiable to some point. If the price point is a little too high for your revenue stream, feel free to ask if there is a little “wiggle” room. In the words of my dear mentor Darby, we want “what is reasonable for you and fair to me”.
Until next time…