Published: 17 September 2013
There are many ways to create a home inventory. It may seem hard at first to record information about everything you have in your house, but don't let that put you off.
First, decide on a way to make an inventory that works for you. You can do it room by room, category by category (furniture, electronics, etc.), from newest items to oldest or from most expensive purchases to less expensive ones.
Keep receipts when they are available and note the cost for the item, when you bought it and other information about the make and model. Whenever you make a significant purchase, remember to add the information to your inventory while the details are fresh in your mind.
Store a copy of your inventory in a safe place outside of your home—with a friend or in a safe deposit box. If your inventory is digital, store it on a disk, an email account, or any other secure place online. That way you'll be sure to have something to give your insurance representative if your home is damaged.
Along with the written information, consider adding photos of your possessions. You can always simply store your print photographs with a copy of your inventory or back up your digital copies online or to a disk.
Walk through your house or apartment and video the contents. Remember to open drawers and closets. One advantage of video is that you can narrate what you are recording.
Home Inventory Checklists
You can refer to the following lists to help create your inventories. Write a brief description of the item including when and where it was bought, as well as its make or model number.
Collections (coin, stamp, etc.)
Entertainment center/wall units
Piano/other musical instruments
Coffee makers/other small appliances
Hair dryer/other electrical appliances
Home Office, Study, Den
Garage, Basement, Attic, Shed
Wheelbarrel/Other Garden Tools and Supplies
Outdoor Cooking Equipment