UPDATE 2019: New welcome book walk through, including the digital version!
Welcome Books – there are many ways to do them. Here is one of my printed ones and how I made it. 🙂
UPDATE 2018: I now also use a digital welcome book and send it to my guests as soon as they book. I use Touch Stay welcome books for this. See a demo and make your own at touchstay.com. (Full disclosure that I am their Community Ambassador as well as a huge fan.) #makeguestshappy
I hope this inspires you for your welcome book for your guests, however you choose to create it!
hi friends I am here at my house both of my houses in Branson Missouri taking care of the guest book I decided that it was time to update them this is my old one and as you can see it's gotten pretty worn there's some dirt and things along here and then inside see how it's come apart as well I was also not happy with how flimsy the pages are what I did do was I laminated at the pages so they're nice and laminated and then I put them into the scrapbook page holders so that people could turn could have two pages two-page spread this is lasted maybe I don't know three years or so so it's lasted quite a while information and it needs to be updated though and as I said it's gotten dirty in here too so I decided to update both my books do something against similar I'm not a big fan of a big three-ring binder type of thing so instead I do scrapbooks and these are the 8 by 8 size and I got them just at the Michaels store and I like to get the ones with the windows so I can put something in them this time I see I was going to do a printed like that other one but I ran out of time I have so many ideas and then all of a sudden it's time to go to my place which is a 3 and a half hour drive and I didn't plan too well so I didn't get the inserts printed that I liked so at Michaels I looked for a little sticker or I was going to write it with a pen it was going to write welcome but then I found this sticker that said hello and I really liked how friendly that was so each of my books have a Hello sticker and then this time I did a little bit differently I also did the laminated pages but instead of putting them into the inserts these are the actual laminated pages and I had the printer laminate them with an extra margin around this side so that I can stick them into the little little things here so if you look at it see it's got a little bit extra margin she didn't put as much margin as I had requested which is kind of a bummer because I wanted them to stick out little bit more I wanted the whole printed page to be on this side instead of inside a little bit but it's okay it'll it'll work out it'll be just fine so here is on my front page it's just my little welcome letter it also reminds them what is inside here get a hold of us best grocery store favorite restaurants and then a reminder as well that I also use the home away app for my welcome information and this is the same information inside the home away app as in the guest book so they can look at this while they're here if they want to sit down and look through a book but it's a reminder that they also have the information on their smartphones when they're out and about and then of course I put my phone number and email always my contact information everywhere so just show you on what I also added was I have a social media page and you can see adjustable reminders gently to remember to tag us and check in we're both on Facebook and Instagram and then the hashtags we'd like them to use the other thing I added from before so I did not have before is these little dividers and what I did is I took images from my listing images in my house and then use the app canva canv a to add the words so that turned out really nice the printer didn't put the hole in as neatly as I would have liked so this page is a little off but I will live it's you know if it's not perfect so emergency information then helpful tips I have helpful tips on how to use the door lock reminder how to make sure it's locked and then also that if they don't walk up when they leave there is a forty dollar charge and then as well as my information if they want me to check to make sure they got a lot then parking information which is important around here next you know big thing is they're going to look for the Wi-Fi and what to do if the router um is not working TV cable other helpful tips refrigerator heat AC trash toilet paper one thing I do especially those of you with larger homes is it's just a reminder with the refrigerator that it does take up to 12 hours to cool items especially when people are going in and out if you had a same-day turnover so I always put that information in there because a lot of times people think the refrigerator is broken when it's not it just needs more time to cool things off then a few more things you know paper towel football laundry grilling coffee maker and the Keurig then of course the social sleepers very important information for my place and checkout time next section a neighborhood amenities again I used one of my photos that I had taken the only thing I don't like about this is it's not able to lay flat so as you can see it's a little difficult for me with just one hand showing it to everybody so the pool fitness room basketball court playground hiking trail information explore you know you don't have to use professional photos either if you're really good with your smartphone this is one of my smartphone photos on one of the hiking trails of when we were here last month so that's my son they're on top of the cliff and I added the word Explorer so just all kinds of information such as buying show tickets which is important in Branson as well as traffic and Silver Dollar City and the best way to get there and then golf courses it'll have all kinds of hiking trail and I'll just quickly flip through here you so you can see the rest let's see my other hands holding the sprint phone so it's a little little difficult so we got more trails I ended up with like three pages of trail so then groceries again one of my listing photos that I took I'm going to main grocery stores for this area and then this is another cell phone picture that I took and wrecked breakfast set of restaurants I just give you know there's so many restaurants in the area so I just give one or two per type of food for my guests we even have a farm-to-table restaurant and I list that in their address phone number and then last number at least I thought well thank you picture me and my boys and our dog Lucy from Christmas and my thank you letter asking them to please Lee do leave a review if they can't leave five stars to please let me know why so I can make sure everything's good for the next guests and also to let other people know and again my contact information and my website so that's it that is my new guestbook I'm sure everyone has you know ideas that they can do but this is just one idea what I like to do and thought you guys might enjoy that if you want more helpful tips tie an Marcinkus comm tya NN ma r CI n k comm is my website I'm a commercial photographer for vacation rental I'm also an industry professional and I speak at event summit conferences as well as teach at the VR master boot camp that's V our master dot-com and I give away all of my workflow and all the insider tips I have a newsletter we share sign up hi mr singh kham / newsletter check me out on social media Instagram Facebook I'm all over the place we'll see you later enjoy