CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When Will Sutherland found a 1997 school bus for sale online for $1,000, he knew he had to have it.
Since he was a kid, Sutherland, 31, had a fascination with buses. He wasn’t sure what to do with it, but he couldn’t pass up the deal.
After some work, the bus would become one of the more than 250 properties available for rent in West Virginia on Airbnb, an increasingly popular website from a San Francisco-based company that allows property owners to rent out lodging.
Sutherland, a Marshall University graduate who lives in Shepherdstown, also has a knack for remodeling and handyman work.
“It was going to be a man cave,” he said. “I don’t know why I needed it, but I love projects.”
The bus was listed at a discount through an IRS sale because it was technically inoperable, but only because the horn didn’t work. Sutherland pounced on the sale and said he was able to replace the horn in less than 10 minutes.
Then, he really got to work…