Friday, April 1, 2011

Staying Organized thru the Process

I have a 3 ring binder I am using to say organized. I highly recommend this! I put a copy of the plans that Ryan gives you in the outer sleeve with the picture of the house and name showing.

Inside I have tabs for different things.

Some of things inside are:

Tabs for Guardian
RiteRug (flooring place)
Stuff to buy after purchase of the house,
Financials (records of every check, every expense, print outs of pricing)
A section of general info (copy of blue prints, lots, neighborhood
info, Ryan info they give you)
PM meeting info
Rep communications (emails from my Rep answering questions or about home)

I have several copies of blue prints. One is plain and is in the general info section. One is in the after purchase section and has the placements of furntiure. The other is in the guardian section for electrical work. I got them from the Ryan website. I also printed out pictures of all of our choices for flooring and colors and have those in there as well. I also have notebook paper for notes.

I also have copies of everything we've signed and done with our Rep. Every change order, ect.

This notebook comes with me to every meeting!! No matter what. I never lose a thing a this way, and have good records of everything! When this all done, I hope to have the pictures I have taken through the building process in there too. I think when all is said and done, it will be neat to have (on top of keeping good records).

So this was just a thought I'd pass along. I only have a 1/2" binder right now, but it looks like I will need to go a 1" binder. So for all of you out there who are considering building or just in the beginning of this process, give it a thought!


  1. Great advice - I have a similar binder! I also found a website called pinterest that lets you save images (and their links). I use it for the more visual stuff like decorating ideas and furniture that I haven't quite made up my mind about. The only thing is that your boards are public so anyone can see them. If you want to check it out, here's the link to boards.

  2. The binder is a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. We have a binder too. I love having everything all together.

  4. You can request an invite on their homepage. They're fairly new so they are only limiting the number of accounts and gradually increasing their membership numbers. When I requested mine, I got an email within a week telling me how to setup my account.

  5. Shara: I did! It said I'm on a waiting list. lol so now, I wait. Thanks!

    Sarah: They're great, aren't they!?!

  6. Awesome advice. We have just started the process of building and we also need to sell our current home. It should be on the market by May 1st. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

  7. Thank HW! I even takes notes from other blogs and put them under the right tabs.

    Example: Things too look for at Pre-dry wall and pre-settlement meetings. I have a section for each. And I have written down suggestions from other bloggers and things they have found wrong so I can check. =) I love the binder. lol