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Most likely, your house is your most valuable asset, so why not do the most you can for keeping it in great shape? This Book Pic, Read This…About My House is a perfect tool to keep track of everything about your house so that you can do just that.
According to HGTV, there are certain projects that pay off over time and help you get the most money for your home when you sell it.
• Bathroom update - fresh paint, replace shower doors, new knobs and towels• Landscaping - sod, seasonal flowers, enhanced home entry• Kitchen refresher - paint walls and cabinets, new knobs and pulls, new countertop• Curb appeal - paint/replace front door, repair stairs, bricks, concrete, add container plants• Window replacement - update look with weather resistant triple pane glass
$10,000 to $40,000
• Kitchen overhaul - replace appliances, seating, cabinets, lighting• Bathroom overhaul - replace tub, toilet, lavatory, cabinets, tile, lighting, closet• Patio, screened-in porch or deck addition - new furniture, rugs, pillows• Attic conversion - flooring, ceiling, lighting, furniture, new insulation• New room addition - basement, office, bedroom TV room, play room
Projects like these can include a lot of pesky details, and this “guided journal” will help you organize all of those things such as installation dates, contractors and paint chip colors. It is a place to track the history of all repairs, renovations and maintenance. Via customized worksheets you will be able to set a baseline value for your home and track the value of any improvements you make.
On a personal note, I am very excited to use this journal, number one, because with owning two houses, things get confusing. My husband tends to take care of everything regarding the house because he’s good at it and being a realtor, he is in touch with house maintenance people on a regular basis. So when I get involved, I have no information and usually cannot answer any repairman’s question.
The “Emergency Shut Offs” page is a God-send for me. It will be handy when repairmen come, not to mention in an emergency! The gas shut off valve location could certainly save a life.
If your home is where the heart is, you will love the chapter on “Why I Built or Bought This House.” I think it is important for children and other family members to know the history of your home when you are gone. Filling out the pages on why you purchased the home and all the challenges and successes you have had will be helpful to them as well as providing a legacy. Our hope is that our lake house remains in our family for generations, and this book will be treasured by our descendants, not only in a practical sense, but also from a historical sense.
Names and contact info of contractors, architects and developers help keep you organized as well as whomever owns the house when you no longer do. And dates when you completed certain renovations and why are invaluable. We think we will remember things, but after a few years, it is very probable that we will forget.
Room by room descriptions including paint colors and wallpaper names are included in the book. Interior contractors are good to have recorded as well as landscapers and details about what is planted. There is so much to owning a house - it gets overwhelming. And what better way to feel organized than this book?! Your children and future owners will thank you, and you will rest easy with peace of mind.
Keep this journal in a handy place! The authors recommend adding paper-clips or sticky notes to the worksheets so you can flip to them quickly. These are the key to keeping track of all of your hard work in organizing, maintaining and improving your home.
Can you tell I am high on this book? I am! I am passionate about information, and being organized with it is a gift to yourself and a gift to others. Realtors should give this as a gift to all of their customers! I highly recommend this book for anyone and it's available on Amazon.
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