The loss of household goods and documents can be devastating. The risk of something being damaged and lost during a move comes to mind first for most military families, but it is easy to forget unfortunate burglaries or fire can happen anytime. A dear friend of mine returned from a holiday trip to find their home had been broken into and everything was gone (electronics, cars, personal documents, even her clothes). It has reminded (and encouraged) me to update our home inventory and make some smarter decisions about keeping track of our household goods in the unfortunate event something happens and I need proof and documentation of my personal and household belongings or for our next PCS.
How do you get started?
Here are 3 steps to help you create an inventory of items in your home.
Step 1: Make a plan
It is an enormous task to tackle so choose one room a day or week depending on your available time. You can also assign each family member a room and have it be their responsibility to track the items in their assigned room. Whatever you decide, do not give up!
Step 2: Pick a method
This list can also be used to update your renters and homeowner insurance policy.
Step 3: Do it!
I am not disciplined enough for the manual spreadsheet entry option (the most comprehensive) but instead chose to use a Home Inventory mobile application in addition to making a quick video (filmed on my smartphone) of our big ticket items (TV Computers, cameras) as backup.
By taking time to record and document items in your home, you’ll be better prepared should something need to be replaced due to natural disaster or mishap after a move.
How do you handle inventorying your home? Do you have any tips and tricks to share?
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