Every time I sell one of our homes I take time to create a Homeowner's Manual to be displayed at the open house. Once the home is sold I leave this binder with the homeowner to reference once they move in. This manual gives you a chance to highlight all of the great features of your home that may go unnoticed in an open house and to address any potential concerns a buyer may have. This is always a hit with our real estate agent and potential homeowners.
Here is what I typically include but you can add whatever you want:
You want to tell potential buyers why your location/neighborhood is such an amazing place to live! Tell potential buyers about your great neighbors and the fantastic amenities that are close to your home.
Is there a great park down the street or an awesome new restaurant 5 minutes away? This is where you want to mention these details!
I use this section to address any potential concerns a buyer might have about the properties location. For example, our last home was located on a pass-through street and I knew some homebuyers would wonder if it would be too busy for every day living. I made sure to highlight that the street was quiet and that there was low traffic (which is true).
What features do you love about your home? I absolutely loved the split-level ranch layout of our last home, so I made sure to highlight why it worked so well for our family.
Does your kitchen have incredible storage? Call this out. Do love gardening in the backyard? Highlight the peaceful setting where you can plant flowers while watching the kids play.
This section is the most important part of the manual.
What upgrades did you make to the home? Often times a buyer will look at the sale price of the home when you purchased it and wonder why your asking price is so much higher. This full list not only gives your agent a list of talking points but it allows the buyer to see all of the upgrades you made to the house.
This section is a perk for the homebuyers so they can easily make touch-ups to a room without painting the entire space. Providing an organized list of paint colors shows that you took care of this home. It also doesn't hurt to show that you used high quality paint like Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore either.
When potential homebuyers are looking at homes, they almost always want to know what school district they are in. In this section I highlight the schools within the district and also highlight any nearby private schools and daycare centers.
Buyers want to buy a home that they know has been loved. Give your buyers the comfort they need by presenting a detailed packaged of every question they may have about your property with the Homeowner's Manual. Good luck!