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Save Your Stuff with a Home Inventory

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Eclectic Living Room design by Dc Metro Interior Designer Nicole Lanteri

Home Inventory AppResolution #4 of our New Year’s post is to create a home inventory. In its simplest form, an inventory is a list of everything you own. But we want to add some details to your inventory so that it’s a useful, living document. Your home inventory is most helpful for insurance purposes, should you need it. It can also help you keep track of items for servicing, parts or re-ordering, etc.

At a minimum, your inventory should include:

  • Name of item
  • Description
  • Year purchased
  • Cost

I also like to include a few other notes such as:

  • Warrenty info
  • Serial number/ID number
  • Spare parts (such a water filter for the fridge)
  • Photo of item

Online Resources

Insurance companies provide lots of online resources for setting up a home inventory. There’s really no excuse not to get it done! Here are few you can use that are free of charge and often include iphone/ipad apps:

These are few basics to get you started, but if you look online, you’ll find lots more free and paid options. Choose something based on your needs. For example, here’s a great program for cataloging your electronics and media, Delicious Library 2. Or, if you need a full blown software solution for your PC, try Collectify. And if you need to manage stuff for multiple properties, StuffSafe has you covered.

home_Inventory_spreadsheetLow-tech

For those of you who what to stay low-tech, try using a simple excel spreadsheet or even a handwritten inventory. It’s better than nothing! Download this checklist from the Minnesota Department of Commerce or try our own Mochi Home Inventory Spreadsheet.

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