What’s your ‘house history’?

Fingertips joins forces with Chimni

Inspired by the recent BBC 2 show ‘A House Through Time’, local residents in W3, W4, W6 and W12 are running ‘house history’ projects, helping discover the amazing stories of the people who owned and lived in their homes over the years.  As part of these projects, people are encouraged to dig out old photos, documents and deeds and share any interesting finds among the groups.

Fingertips is helping participants to scan and ‘digitise’ this wonderful treasure trove of documents and photos.  We are showing people how to share old photographs by email and social media and to share them on the project websites. See here for an example.

Many of the things being scanned are fun, historical records from the local area.  But as part of the process, homeowners are also realising they have filing cabinets full of legal, planning, regulatory documentation gathered over the years of owning a home.

In response to this, Fingertips is working in partnership with another local company, Chimni to help people digitise and store house documentation in a more modern, digital way using a secure but accessible online filing cabinet they have developed called a Chimni log. You can watch a short video via this link to find out a bit more.

These Chimni logs are helping people create unique, illustrated timelines of their homes as part of the local ‘house history’ projects.  They display photos, maps and census records to create individual stories of your home.  All Fingertips customers can now get a starter history timeline in a Chimni log as a thank you when you use our digitisation service.Even if you just wish to tidy up the filing of key documents about your home, then a Chimni log could be a solution.  It is a tidy way to create an online log-book for your house and to hold all key documentation in a single usable log-book.The need for a Chimni log increases if you are considering selling your home in the near future. As part of a sale, you now have to find and organise all the documents, certificates, plans etc that you have gathered over the years to create a digital sales pack.  Fingertips can help you create this record using a Chimni log and you will find a growing number of local estate agents who recognise a Chimni log as part of your legal documentation. See here for more info.

Scanning and digitising documents and photos can sometimes seem a chore. With Fingertips and Chimni we can show you how to make it both fun and useful, at the same time as leaving you with a priceless (and very useful) online record of your home.


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