Have you tried to go green but just couldn't quite make yourself stop printing paper? These thoughts run through my head every work day. I say, "Do I really need to print this out? Or should I save some money and time by "going green"?
I got the green bug several years ago when after every closing, I would have to print out the entire file and give the paperwork to the office sectretary. She would review the file before cutting me a check. That little event cost me in copy-fees at the office! In addition to the time I spent printing and organizing. I thought that as they were already getting enough of my money in commission split, I didn't want to spend any more. I then developed putting all the files on a disk. She could view them on her computer and file my tiny little disk in one of those big Legal sized files. So then the seed of going green started to grow.
When I used to take a buyer out, I would print out a copy for them with all the information on each property, minus the agent information. Then I would print a duplicate set for me to refer to during the showings. I would then call and set up the showing and write the lockbox code and any othe pertinent information on the top corner of my copy.
Now when I take a buyer out, I email me a pdf of the homes we are going to see. I bring it up on my Ipad before I leave the house and wifi. Then, while I'm driving to the next home, the client are reading all about the next house. I take the Ipad in the house with me so if they want to know what year, or how much, or does it include "?", I can instantly view my electronic version. Then at the end of our day, we talk about which ones they liked and I email them again to the client so they can remember which ones they liked best. (Of course in this market you just pick one and it's the one I write an offer on that night!)
I have also electronic-sized my listing presentation, but I do print out some paper to leave behind. One is the comps, then an article on how to get your house ready for sale, and of course a bio of me.
After closings, I still turn in a disk, but I have an idential file on my laptop hard drive and in My Cloud. Have you ever heard of MY CLOUD? It is a physical box that you can load data on like a backup hard drive. The cool thing is that you can access it from any device as long as you have wifi. I needed an HVAC receipt once at a closing. I just used my phone to bring up my drive and email the receipt copy to the closer to print it out. I think you can do the same with ICloud, but I know I've already exceeded my "free" capacity. Also, MyCloud is password protected and only I can see the data. I like that better.
This is my MyCloud that holds 2 TB
What do you guys do? Let me know what you've done to try to go "green"!