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Household Inventory

When was the last time you updated your household inventory? Or do you even have a household inventory? I know it sounds boring and tedious. But it would be imperative to have in case of any kind of loss – including burglary.

But where do you start? What’s your style? Here are 3 easy ways to get started:

  1. Do it yourself with paper and photos
  2. Print off a pre-determined booklet
  3. Do it online

Do it Yourself Household Inventory

No matter which style you prefer, the first thing you want to do is to grab your camera or smart phone. Go room by room and take pictures of everything in the room – furniture, accessories, window treatments, light fixtures and wall hangings. Then go through each piece of furniture and open drawers and doors and take photos of everything inside each piece. It’s your proof that you have these things. If you had a disaster and lost everything, there would be no way you would remember what you even owned.

Print off a Guide

Here’s a great guide you can print off from the State of California Department of Insurance that will also allow you to take photographs and paste them into the book.

Be sure to keep this inventory book somewhere out of the house, in a safe deposit box or with a family member or close friend in case you ever need it.

FREE Online Software

The best resource I’ve found is from the Insurance Information Institute. They have FREE online home inventory software. It’s very cool and easy to use to create your inventory. It also allows you to go in and update it when you get new stuff. They even have an app for iPhones and Androids.

Using today’s technology makes it easier than ever to protect your most valued possessions – your stuff in case of disaster. Do yourself a favor and get started on this today. You never know when you might need it. Taking an inventory of your household possessions is peace of mind and can help you remember what you actually have and will provide documentation for placing insurance claims.

Please share this information with your friends and loved ones.

As always, let me know if I can help you in any way. I’m a phone call away at (913) 515-3250.

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