It has taken longer than expected but we have finally finished the improvements to our suite.
We have decided to rent it out on a fully-furnished basis on nightly, weekly & monthly lets rather than longer term contracts. This gives us more flexibility and control over the apartment.
We redecorated it from top to bottom, new closet doors in the entry way, updated the hardware in the kitchen & bathroom and replaced the blinds with drapes.
We have furnished the apartment using a mix of our own spare furniture plus some new bought items. We bought this 3-seater sofa from Ikea and the TV was an excellent buy from Costco, a 32" LCD HD for $439. When we think what we paid for our LCD TV....... !
We have used our kitchen table & chairs for the dining area. If the rentals go well we will bring this back up to our house and buy something specifically for this area
The kitchen already had the fridge & stove. We also had kettle, toaster, coffee maker and so on from Tracy & Paul which they gave to us when they moved back to the UK.
This queen-size bed and bedside tables were also Tracy & Pauls.
Finally, the bathroom has been freshened up too
The suite now shows very well so we are working hard on giving it plenty of exposure on Craigslist and property rental sites such as vrbo.com. We will also advertise it in local hospitals and large businesses for staff here on a short-term, temporary basis.