I recently made the single biggest (and hopefully best) decision of my life so far: I purchased my very first home. This inaugural plunge into real estate has left me the proud owner of a little plot of land in Philadelphia, with a house that has stood for well over a hundred years. And I’m learning very quickly that in those hundred-plus years, my little pile of bricks has developed more than a few maladies that require attention. So expect to read about those (and how Neat helps make them into significantly smaller headaches) somewhere down the line. For now, let’s just focus on how Neat helped me with the process of buying a (not-so) new home.
I am not the world’s most organized man. In fact there are times I feel barely organized at all. But Neat makes a system that works for me, for the way I want to use it. I have a simple folder structure – a folder for personal documents, a folder for work documents, one for contacts, and one for receipts. I have some subfolders inside each of these, including yearly tax folders, a folder for my car, and a folder for the house. Between this and Neat’s built-in keyword search, I can find any file I need, quickly and easily.
A New Home Made Easier
The basic lesson I learned in the whole new home-buying process is that Neat makes it a whole lot easier to keep track of things. It was almost comical how much of a difference it made while applying for my loan. Buying a new home takes a lot of paperwork – and any document from the last year and a half (when I started using Neat) took me about 2 seconds to find – I just searched my Digital Filing Cabinet for whatever I needed, and there it was. This made me, and my mortgage broker, very happy. Anything from before I “got Neat,” like my 2011 W2s, well… let’s just say it took a little longer. And possibly involved a rousing game of phone tag with some old employers.
Buying the place was just the first step in what’s sure to be a long journey. But I’m excited to have Neat by my side for this adventure. It’s already coming in handy for keeping track of bills and expenses, and it’s letting me keep tabs on the numerous renovation projects that have begun to pile up. I’d say that a Neat scanner is a must-have for any new homeowner (right up there with a good supply of Ramen noodles) and an important tool for anyone tasked with managing a household. I’ll continue to share my experiences of renovating my home, and my tips for using Neat to help keep everything in order. And I’d love to hear from you as well – if you’re using Neat at home, please share your secrets in the comments!
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