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Household Inventory Checklist


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DOCUMENTING YOUR BELONGINGS

  • go from room to room photographing / videotaping each
  • open each cabinet, drawer, and closet for a close-up shot
  • take individual pictures of particularly valuable items
  • include pictures of serial numbers on electronics and appliances
  • don't forget larger items in the garage, basement, or outbuildings
  • write a description of each item with serial number and brand name

ITEMS TO HAVE APPRAISED

  • artwork and oriental rugs
  • antiques and collectibles
  • jewelry and furs
  • stamp and coin collections
  • silverware
  • any other valuable or irreplaceable items

ITEMS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR INVENTORY

  • clothing, shoes, accessories, and jewelry
  • household furnishings, home decor, and fixtures
  • games, toys, exercise machines, and recreational equipment
  • kitchenware, appliances, and cooking implements
  • glassware, cutlery, dishes, and other tableware
  • books, CDs, video tapes, and other media
  • lawn care items, tools, and outdoor equipment
  • items stored away in your basement, garage, or attic
  • personal items, memorabilia, family heirlooms
  • antiques, art, and collectibles
  • vehicles (motorbikes, bicycles, boats, ATVs, etc.)
  • holiday decorations and seasonal items
  • outdoor improvements (decks, outbuildings, landscaping)
  • anything else that you own

PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT

  • inventory will be necessary if you have to file an insurance claim
  • store original inventory in fire safe or safe deposit box
  • can also give a copy to insurance agent or family member
  • keep a copy of your homeowner's insurance with the original
  • whenever you buy something new, photograph it
  • put the new photo and copy of receipt in with your inventory
  • review and update your entire inventory yearly
  • increase your homeowner's insurance, if necessary

PROVING THE VALUE OF YOUR POSSESSIONS

  • prepare an aggregate estimated value for all belongings
  • for especially valuable items, get a certified appraisal
  • store receipts for expensive items with the inventory
  • note the purchase date and price of each item

 

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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.


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