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Making a home-inventory list

Enduring a disaster and its aftermath can be difficult enough without trying to remember the details of every single item in your house. With the help of this form, you can start to inventory your possessions.

Try to include the original price or approximate value of the listed items and attach any receipts, along with the serial numbers for major appliances. Also make photocopies of important documents such as your birth certificate, credit card numbers, bank account numbers and house deed.

Include photographs or videotape of your possessions in case you need added proof if you file a home insurance claim. Open all your drawers and closets and take photos of the contents.

Don't forget to go in your basement -- all those stored items and holiday decorations should be included in your inventory.

Store your inventory list, video, pictures and documents in a secure location, such as a safe-deposit box or off-site computer or thumb drive. After all, if your home is destroyed, your inventory list in it will be gone, too.

The Insurance Information Institute offers a free home inventory app at KnowYourStuff.org.

Article and date of purchase

Price

Living room

Carpet/rugs

 

Curtains/drapes

 

Sofas

 

Ottomans

 

Chairs

 

Coffee tables

 

End tables and contents

 

Television/VCR

 

Camcorder

 

Videotapes

 

Video games

 

Radio/stereo/DVD

 

Compact discs/records/tapes

 

Bookcases

 

Books

 

Musical instruments

 

Planters/plants

 

Mirrors

 

Collectibles/knickknacks

 

Other

 

Dining room

Curtains/drapes

 

Carpet/rugs

 

Buffet

 

Tables

 

Chairs

 

China cabinet

 

China

 

Silverware

 

Crystal

 

Glassware

 

Clocks

 

Lamps/fixtures

 

Serving table/cart

 

Table linens

 

Wall hangings

 

Other

 

Bathrooms

Clothes hamper

 

Curtains

 

Wall hangings

 

Dressing table

 

Toilet articles

 

Electrical appliances

 

Scale

 

Shower curtains

 

Linens

 

Rugs

 

Other

 

Kitchen

Tables

 

Chairs

 

Linens

 

Curtains

 

Cabinets

 

Lighting fixtures

 

Bowls

 

Pots/pans

 

Utensils

 

Cutlery

 

Dishes

 

Refrigerator

 

Stove

 

Dishwasher

 

Disposal unit

 

Freezer

 

Washer

 

Dryer

 

Small appliances

 

Clocks

 

Radios

 

Step stool

 

Television

 

Microwave

 

Food/supplies

 

Wall hangings

 

Other

 

Bedrooms

Bookcases

 

Books

 

Chairs

 

Carpet/rugs

 

Curtains/drapes

 

Bed frames

 

Linens

 

Mattresses

 

Cedar chest

 

Desk and contents

 

Dressers and contents

 

Dressing table

 

Night tables

 

Lamps

 

Mirrors

 

Clocks

 

Radios

 

Sewing machine

 

Television/VCR/DVD

 

Toilet articles

 

Computer equipment

 

Games

 

Toys

 

Collectibles/knickknacks

 

Clothing

 

Shoes

 

Wall hangings

 

Other

 

Attic/Basement/Garage

Furniture

 

Luggage/trunks

 

Exercise/sports equipment

 

Toys

 

Outdoor games

 

Ornamental lawn items

 

Lawn mower

 

Shovels

 

Spreader

 

Sprinklers/hoses

 

Wheelbarrow

 

Snow blower

 

Ladder/step stools

 

Workbench

 

Carpentry tools/supplies

 

Canned goods/supplies

 

Pet supplies

 

Garden tools/supplies

 

Other

 

Patio/Porch

Chairs

 

Floor covering

 

Outdoor cooking equipment

 

Plants/planters

 

Tables

 

Umbrella

 

Other

 

 

Source of list: Independent Insurance Agents of America

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