This Home Welcome book is a finishing touch at your house when you’re having guests. This blog gives you 4 reasons why you need this Home Welcome book and how to set it up.
Babysitter guide | Vacation rental book | Cleaning lady manual | Emergency plan.
Reason 1: Babysitter
When you must leave the house and you need a babysitter to watch your kids, this Home Welcome book is a helping guide for your babysitter. It will explain simple things like “How the television works” and “Where to find drinks” and most important: details of your children (Allergies, medicine, … ) Also this Home Welcome book contains a lot of emergency numbers, what is helpful for your babysitter. You don’t need to give your phone number at the last minute ,because everything is in this book that she/he will need.
Reason 2: Cleaning lady
Another reason why this Home Welcome book is helpful is for the cleaning lady. If you have a new cleaning lady, you need to explain where the cleaning equipment and supplies are, but also “How to put on the radio” and give a tour of the house. This manual will help you not to forget anything and is a good reference work for her/him. At the end of the Home Welcome book there is a place to write notes down, so she/he can mention what she has done or if something of the cleaning supplies is running out.
Reason 3: Guests
Yes, there is a 3th reason why you need this Home Welcome book and that is if your having guests over to sleep. Sometimes my Italian friend Ilary comes visit me an stay for a couple of days or my family during the Holidays. This guide contains some fun facts of my home and surroundings, but also emergency numbers, sightseeing places, maps, transportation tips, … Because of this book they have a great start of exploring Casa Bricolee and her environment.
Reason 4: Emergency plans
And there is 4the reason, you need this Home Welcome book. It is also handy for yourself, because it contains a lot of emergency numbers and other important numbers like the doctor, dentist, hairdresser, … This manual also contains the guest wifi password and that is very handy for every guest you have in your house, because they will ask (and you don’t have to look for it again).
Content Home Welcome book
The pages I used in my Home Welcome book are:
- Intropage: Thank you word
- Wifi password
- Facts page: Geography, Language, Currency, Contact info, Weather, …
- House rules: No smoking, Respect for my house, Instructions
- Emergeny: Family, Emergency, Hospital, Nuclear disaster, kit, …
- Sightseeing: Visiting places, Shopping, Tourist centers, …
- Bars and restaurants
- Stores: Foodstores, Pharmacy, Recycle park, City hall, Library, …
- Transport: Train, Bike, Bus, Foot, airplane, …
- Manuals: TV, alarm, Thermostat, Kitchen appliances, Stove, Boiler, …
- Cleaning supplies
- Floorplan of the house
- Maps of the surroundings
- Guest notes: Blanc page
Frontpage Home Welcome Book
This page is just the cover page. I just mentioned a “Thank you” word and the habitants of our home.
Intro Home Welcome book
This page is a more comprehensive “Thank you” page with the explanation of this book. In this intro I ask if they will leave a comment at the end of this book. These comments are great to improve your home for your guests or to know what your cleaning lade has done that day. But the comments are also great to see the appreciation of your guests. It will give you instant a good feeling.
The Wifi password close by is always very handy. Every guest will ask you for the Wifi password and keeping it in this book, will save you a lot of trouble and time to constantly searching for this password.
Facts Home Welcome book
This page contain:
The location of my house, including some facts about it, like “How far from the highway” , “Sandy grounds”, our hamlet, …
Average weather statistics in the summer and winter, like temperatures, humidity, …
Languages that are spoken in my country.
The currency of my country.
My basic contact info.
This page contains the basic rules of treating my home with respect and what to do if you’re leaving the house. There is one basic rule in the house and that’s no smoking.
This page contains a lot of emergencynumbers. I started with the basic numbers of my family and my neighbours and it continues with the 112 numbers. Also the numbers of the parmacy on duty and the poison control center and much more I have put in this list. See the graphic for more numbers I mentionned in this home welcome book.
After the first basic numbers I put in the adresses and contact details of my doctor, my dentist, my hospital, my eye doctor and so on …
I covered also a basic emergency plan when there is a nuclear disaster, this looks maybe a little bit far fetched, but my home is not so far from a nuclear plant. So the instructions are really important for us.
In my home I have an emergency kit in my bathroom and a fire extinguisher kit in my garage, so these instructions you will also find in my book.
If my family has allergies or have to take medicin, there is a section of what to do in case something comes up.
Sightseeing Home Welcome Book
This page contains my top 5 visiting places of my surroundings. It’s not only usefull for your guests, but it comes in handy for your babysitter, if they want to go outside with the kids. Next, to the top 5 visiting places, I mentioned some smaller museums and attractions.
I also gave an overview of the tourist centres and sites where they can find information.
The streets and parking to the city centre where you can find the bars and restaurants and clothing shops I mentioned here as well.
Bars and restaurants
At this section, I mentioned my 5 favorite places to eat and not at a high price point. One of the places, you can find our tradional food: French frites. But they are actually Belgium frites : )
This page gives an overview of the local stores in my environment like the butcher and the bakery, but also the big food stores. I expanded this list with other important locations like the theatre, library, City hall, … This page contains also the part of transport, so you will find the graphic there.
This page explains how your guest can explore the city by foot, bike, bus, train and airplane. It contains also the websites of the transportation company.
Manuals Home Welcome book
At this page I put a brief explaniation of how my appliances in this home work. I’ve put in a manual of the TV, thermostat, kitchen appliances, wood stove, dryer, washingmachine, boiler, electricity, gas, water, alarm, …
In my city you have to recycle, so this page gives a brief explanation of the 4 things you need to sort. Also there is a brief instruction of how to go to the recycling park. This page contains also the cleaning supplies and FAQ, so you will find this graphic over there.
At this section I mention where you can find the cleaning supplies and equipment in my house. Also I gave brief instructions of the important things to clean and with each product, this comes in very handy for my cleaning lady.
This page contains the frequently asked questions like “Where can I find the towels?” , “Where can I find the keys?” , “Where can I find the boardgames or DVD’s?” “Is there a BBQ ?” , …
Floorplan Home Welcome book
With www.floorplanner.com I created my groundfloor and first floor. I made a complete map of my home with all the chambres, windows, doors, stairs. I’ve put in the emergency exists and important places in my home. The plan gives a nice overview for your guests and is in one instant also your emergency exit plan.
One of the last pages contains printscreens of Google Maps with numbers of important places of my surroundings. This will give a quick overview of the environment for the guests and babysitter.
And last but not least, I created a blanc page just to leave notes from my guests, so I can improve this book and my home to make it comforting for anybody.
Check out my blogpost of how to make a simple dinner with family. You are all set with safety measures with this Home Welcome Book.
Conclusion Home Welcome Book
With www.canva.com, Microsoft Word, Google Maps and www.floorplanner.com I made my plans and my layouts for this book. Printed it on High Quality Paper on the best printer setting and I put it in paper plastics to give them cover and put all the sheets in a small binding.
I hope you enjoyed the post and let me know how your Home Welcome book will look like?