You will need at High quality binder with a plastic sleeve on front cover to make your home book. You will also need a lot of plastic sheet protectors. I have listed all the information that should be contained in your home book. You will need to attempt to use all the pages listed. The more material that is included the better image it projects to your prospective buyers. Remember to place copies not originals in your home book.
If a buyer takes the home book this is a clue that they are interested in the house. This is why you keep the home book separate from your ad material. On the front of the binder add a page in the plastic that includes your address and a color photo of the exterior of your home.
Add the following to your page protectors in the binder:
Photos of each room highlighting the best feature.
Seasonal photos of the outside of your home ( gardens in different seasons, pool in summer, decked out for the holidays etc.)
Before and after photos of any home improvement projects that bring value.
If you live in a complex that has a Clubhouse, pool , Gym or walking areas. Take pictures to include with descriptions
Copy of Property Description- (Should be in your Title Insurance Policy (taken out at the time of purchase your home)
Copy of Plat of the property -Should be in your Title Insurance Policy (taken out at the time of purchase your home)
Copy of Survey of the property
Copy of Floor Plan and any changes that you have made- Should find inside the appraisal of your home Note any changes you have made.
Utility History ~ Sewer, Water, Electric, Gas or Propane, Cable, Telephone and Trash collection – Most utility company today lets you print out a report of annual cost.
Copy HOA documents ~ Bylaws and Fees
Copy of your disclosure statements
Copy Annual Property taxes
Copy of Insurance Premium
Copy of Lender Information
Copy of Home Appraisal
Copy of Home Inspection
Copy of all Major Repairs – Copies of any major repairs on appliances, water heater, cooling, heating systems. Copies of all warranties you have on appliances. Copies of information on all NEW appliances if you have recently replaced them.
ANY FUTURE BLUEPRINTS FOR ADDITIONS, DECKS ETC – If you have had blueprints made for any changes to the house that you have not started include a page outlining the project and reference that you have blueprints.
Add a list of all warranties that you have on the house or appliances
Information on area schools
Once completed, the home book should be placed on the kitchen counter separate from your ad materials. It should be very visible to prospective buyers. After closing and the home has sold, you should ask the Buyer if they wish to keep the Home Book. If you have questions on creating your homebook or any part of the home selling process please, Don’t hesitate to Contact Me!