Home Inventory is such a Mac app. If you value what’s in your home– clothing, furniture, appliances, personal papers, jewelry, and all your Apple goodies– then having a detailed home inventory is not an option. It’s a must have so valuable it’s almost criminal not to have one.
Home, Meet Inventory
What’s so special about Home Inventory to make a must have Mac app? It’s not so much the app itself, even though it’s very Mac-like, easy to setup and use, and captures far more detail about our home belongings than we could remember. That’s the easy part.
The value of Home Inventory lies in the inventory it collects and saves. It’s an easy and straightforward way to conduct a home inventory of everything you own because one day everything or some items on the list might be gone due to theft, flood, earthquake, tornado, fire, or worse (alright, I’m struggling to come up with a ‘worse’ item for the list, but I’m sure there is one; things can always be worse).
Start using Home Inventory by listing items in your home. Start in one room and take a photo of every single item. Add a description and a replacement value (more on that in a moment).
Every item you select for entry into Home Inventory can hold as much detail as you want to give. From photos to product warranties to retail price to where it was purchased and when.
It’s all in there. If you take the time to put in each item from each room until everything is captured and listed.
The end result is remarkable but getting there is fun. Alright, at least somewhat enjoyable.
All kinds of items can be added to each inventory item. PDF owners manuals, for example. Scanned or photos of receipts. Warranties.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but he’s an old guy who can’t get regular work so he hangs out at the Mall. But every home has a value and Home Inventory has a place no only for assessment history but simple and useful functions like a maintenance schedule for filters, lawn mowing, gutter cleaning, and all those things we know we need to do but don’t get around to doing until it should have been done already.
With disaster looming with every change in the weather, with sea levels rising, and unpredictable weather the norm, and with so many electrical devices plugged into electrical outlets so congested that the Fire Marshall would tell you to run, having a home inventory is not a luxury. It’s a necessity.
Disaster and $#!% happens, folks. Be prepared. The app generates detailed reports on everything you own, perfect for getting the insurance company to pay up in a hurry when disaster strikes.
Home Inventory saves data onto Dropbox or iCloud, but also has an iPhone and iPad app that stores the data, too, and can be used to add items (great with the iPhone or iPad camera) back to the Mac app. This is just nicely done, very Mac-like, affordable, and useful. It’s also tedious for Mac users but the iPhone version makes entry more of a pleasure than a pain.