What does everyone know they need but very few people actually have?
A home inventory.
What can a home inventory help with?
Where do you begin? If you have the means I suggest hiring a professional to inventory your possessions. I have done several for clients and they are extremely involved and time consuming. The end result is definitely worth the investment, however it is so easy to get overwhelmed and quit. Typically a professional will charge by square footage, however this cost may vary depending on the detail of inventory and quantity of possessions.
If you choose to do it yourself, give yourself a realistic timeframe to complete your inventory. Three weeks is reasonable depending on the detail and size of your home. Here are some tips to help you along.
There are many apps and computer programs available to help with home inventories. Majority of them are helpful and will streamline the process. Regardless of what method you choose to inventory your home, you will need the following six items to begin.
Now it's time to begin
Once you have inventoried every room, make three digital copies of all pictures, videos and paperwork. Why three copies? Three copies will ensure that no matter what disaster, with the exception of an Apocalypse, you will have a copy of your full inventory. Be sure to write down your username and password for your online inventory. and include with every inventory copy.
Store your copies in the following places.
Hopefully you will never be in a position to have to use your inventory, but if disaster does come your way, you will have the comfort of knowing you are prepared.