Consider this. What happens if you come home and all your stuff is gone? Do you have a list of your stuff to give to the insurance company? They’ll want a list. Here’s how to get one.
Make A List Of Your Stuff
You know what they say. ‘Stuff happens.’ And it happens to our stuff; all the belongings we’ve collected for years and cherish, could disappear in a single event, robbery or natural disaster.
Insurance companies are sticklers for details and one detail they’d like before handing over a check to cover your losses is a list of those losses.
Here’s how your iPhone, iPad, and your Mac can help you keep track of your stuff. It’s a handy little app with the utterly clever title of Home Inventory.
Take a guess at what Home Inventory does? OK, that’s enough time. You get two guesses. And one of them should have something to do with inventorying the stuff in your home.
That’s what Home Inventory does, and it does in a unique way with apps for iPhone and iPad, which make it easy to wander around the house tracking inventory stuff, and then putting it all into the Mac.
The more stuff you have in your home the more tedious it can be to track down stuff, record details about the stuff, but that’s what makes using Home Inventory fun.
Start with a room in your home but use your iPhone or iPad to snap photos of each item, add a description, and save it to be included into Home Inventory on the Mac.
Not only can you grab photos, but copies of receipts, product warranties, notes, and more– and attach anything you need to each item in the inventory.
Home Inventory is good for more than stuff, too. It can tell you when appliance warranties are about to end. It features an insurance coverage analysis report to compare your valuables to see if they’re adequately covered.
There’s even a built-in alert to let you know when your valuable stuff exceeds the value of your insurance coverage.
Grabbing details of your stuff is easy enough, but, as always, a little tedious. But you won’t have to carry your Mac around for the dirty work. The companion iPhone and iPad will do that. It even supports barcode scanning.
Home Inventory comes with standard inventory templates, but you can customize fields of information, capture repair histories, and even drop in digital copies of product owner manuals.
So, think about how crummy life would be without all your stuff. Then, think about how much worse it would be if someone took your stuff (like a burglar or tornado) and the insurance company wouldn’t pay up without a list. Guilt and fear are great motivators, no?