Go through your house or apartment one room at a time.
List down each item in the room, including the contents of desks, drawers, closets, etc.
Record the following information about each item:
- Serial Number
Record information about the value of each item.
Depending on whether your insurance company pays claims based on “replacement value” or “current value”, you’ll need to record details such as:
- Purchase Price
- Replacement Cost
- Current Value
- When/Where purchased
Take photographs or videotape to document the existence and condition of the items in your home inventory.
Note that some of the home inventory software programs have a feature to allow you to import your digital photos to store the picture with each item. These programs typically allow you to save your data on a backup disk and/or print a report for safe keeping in a safe-deposit box, your work place, or a friend’s house.
Review your home insurance policy – Are you over insured?
Under insured? Perhaps for the first time, you can answer this question easily by comparing your policy amount to the total value of your household items.
Some more tips:
- If you have just moved into an apartment or house, starting your home inventory may be an easy task. This is a great time to begin organizing your home inventory. If you’ve been living in your house for awhile, however, you may have a lot of work to do. Now is the time to start! Plan to inventory at least one room in your house this week, and continue one room at a time until you’re done.
- Don’t forget the garage, patio, outside buildings, etc.
- You might be tempted to skip from one room to the next recording the “high dollar” items only. But, while this is better than nothing, remember that the “little items” can really add up also, and in the event of a disaster, these items might be the most difficult to remember.