PROTECTING YOUR VALUABLES IN CASE OF A LOSS
The old adage "knowing is half the battle”.
When it comes to covering your stuff, it’s important to first know what stuff you’re covering. That means taking an inventory.
What is a home inventory, and how is it done?
A home inventory is what it sounds like; a detailed list of everything in your home…from basement to attic, furniture to fixtures. If you bought it, it goes on the list.
For everything in the inventory, you’ll want to include a
• Description of the item
• Serial number
• Purchase date
• Estimated value
How to do the inventory?
• Go from room to room and organize your list that way. It’s faster and easier.
• Save receipts! You’ll want to describe the cost of your inventoried items, and receipts are much more accurate than guessing.
• Take pictures! Pull out that smart phone, disposable camera, or reliable old Polaroid and visually record the things on your inventory.
Once you’ve got your inventory (whatever form it takes), make sure to protect it. Store it in a safety deposit box, in a strong safe or lockbox, on a cloud storage service, or with a friend. Just make sure it’ll survive if there’s ever major damage to your home. Remember that’s what it’s there for!