Advice on purchasing a building to turn into a retreat center
We purchased a building that was over 100 years old and zoned as a primary residence. After fours years we were told that we needed to do significant upgrades to the building in order to be compliant to the zoning we required to continue operating as a center.
Before you make the purchase, look into the zoning bylaws in detail so that you know what will be required once you start having paying guests stay overnight. And, if you will be serving food, that is another thing to consider carefully because you will need to have a commercial kitchen, and to know the details of food safety. There is also wheelchair accessibility to consider. All of this can be quite an undertaking, and its better to know up-front with you’re dealing with, instead of being surprised by the requirements after you’ve already committed to buying the place (as we did).