You may have come across articles that explain the advantages of having a home inventory list and thought “That’s a great idea…but how exactly would I do that?” This blog is an answer to that question! As a respected Northwest Arkansas restoration company, we want to share with you some tips for how to get started and how to make sure that your list is both accurate and complete.
Taking the First Step
If you’re like many people, the thought of cataloging all your possessions can seem like an insurmountable task. This is understandable. After all, it has taken you your whole life to accumulate all this stuff! And the first step is the hardest so just take a deep breath and begin. But how? Some experts recommend starting with a video. With the widespread use of cell phones, almost anyone can simply take out their phone and begin going through the house, making a record of what is there. Familiarity with the phone allows many people to get past their anxiety with getting started.
Put Your Home Inventory On Paper
Once you have a record of your possessions, you can start putting it down on paper in the form of a list. Having your possessions listed out gives you a chance to organize it and add helpful information to it. It also allows you to easily access the list and to be able to quickly share it with important people, like insurance claims adjusters, and others in the case of a loss or disaster.
Assemble All Pertinent Details
Just having a list of what you have is only part of a home inventory list. To truly be helpful in the event of a loss, you really need to make sure you have as much information as possible. Experts recommend that your list includes a description, the replacement value, the date of purchase, the serial or model number, and the purchase price of each item. Sometimes not all this information is available so just compile what you can.
Store It In a Safe Place
Once you have your home inventory completed, you’ll want to make sure that you find a safe place to keep it. For obvious reasons, under your mattress or in your underwear drawer are not safe places. You can keep a paper copy with other valuable papers in a fire-safe or safe deposit box at your local bank. In addition, it’s a good idea to have a digital copy that is securely stored outside your home.
While putting together a home inventory list does take some time and effort, it is definitely worth it if you ever find yourself dealing with loss or damage. At NWA Restore It, Inc., we have helped many customers recover from water, fire, wind, and mold damage. We have witnessed the interactions between homeowners and their insurance companies. Our contents restoration services can provide the documentation of damaged items to go along with your inventory list. We also have a detailed contents restoration process designed to restore damaged items and return them to you in the best condition possible after water damage, fire damage, mold damage, or even storm damage. NWA Restore It is your reliable Northwest Arkansas restoration company, ready and able to help with all your restoration and remediation needs.