Home Inventory Program
Do You Need One?

As we have been discussing, a comprehensive home inventory program is essential for emergency and insurance purposes among other reasons. Documenting all your home personal possessions will ensure you can replace them if they are lost in any type of disaster.

There is several ways to approach accomplishing a home inventory. You can accomplish it yourself with a few pieces of paper or a spreadsheet program. See Home inventory to read about a quick and easy system. You can also accomplish this task by using home inventory software. There are many different software programs that will help you compile a comprehensive and meticulous inventory.

Most of these applications offer the same primary functions. They can vary greatly in their features and range of functionality.

What to look for in a home inventory program.

  1. Make sure your program has been created specifically for homeowners. Many of these programs can be very generic and you specifically want one designed for the home.
  2. The inventory management part of the program should include a n array of fields for describing your possessions. You should also be able to add details about the item such as manufacturer, location, repairs, warranty information, etc. You should also be able to include photos of each item included in the home.
  3. You may need some additional features of your program. This could be the ability to add beneficiaries for certain items, add memo about an item or run reports for the insurance companies.
  4. Make sure you can back up the program and save the data to an external file like a disc or a flash drive. This way you can store the information in a safe location.
  5. Ease of learning the program is very important. If the home inventory program is not easy to use you will not complete the task nor will you maintain it. Look for such things as the software should be intuitive and include filters and be customizable.
  6. Help and support will also be important. If you have trouble installing the program, or you need help with the features make sure you have someone to contact.

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There are many free software programs out on the internet that can help with an inventory. Be careful when you are considering using one of these. Make sure the source code is reliable and is not a Trojan horse for viruses and other malware that can destroy your system.

Also be careful that the company is not going to give you half of the program and then, when you are well into completing your inventory, you have to buy the other half to finish up.

Home inventory programs for purchase

There are programs that are available for purchase. They can range from $20 and up. Most of them are between $20 and $40. This should provide you with a good program that will do anything you need. Check out this web site for a listing of the top 10 home inventory programs. Whether you buy a home inventory program, use a free one or create one from scratch, performing a home inventory and having the information available is essential.

Take it step by step and you will have peace of mind that will never waver. If disaster strikes, you’ll be able to quickly and effortlessly communicate your loss and recover quickly.

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