Our series for new homeowners offers tips and ideas to help get you through the transition to your new home. This month we’ve got a simple project that helps you create a record of your home.
As you start tackling home improvement projects, one of the smartest projects new homeowners should complete is also one of the easiest – creating a Homeowner’s Journal to help manage and organize important papers and information.
To get started, all you need is a three-ring binder, dividers, and sheet protectors. Create a section in the binder for each room (garage and outdoor space too!), and file away relevant information — warranties, manuals, paint and fabric swatches, receipts, service call records (and dates of service), and more — so your house history is at your fingertips and all in one place.
You can also use the binder to store business cards of contractors and service professionals who do work on your home, as well as home insurance information. It’s a great way to help you truly take ownership of your house – and turn it into a home sweet home.