I guess I knew you would come up with that comment. Luckily, or unluckily I own the freehold. But... and this is a big BUT, I will never see that spend back in my pocket. The value of a freehold motel is formulated (just like a lease) on who comes through my door and the profit I make off them.

However, I get job satisfaction from doing the work; am proud of the results and will add a bit of 'blue sky' to the price when I sell and retire next April. Work done will make it easier to sell. In fact, I already have half a dozen people interesting in buying the place; some other moteliers and some customers