Video Catalog and a Flash Drive
(Brighton, CO, USA)
I learned the hard way about home inventory.
About eight years ago on the 4th of July, somebody in my apartment complex was shooting off fireworks. The whole building caught fire, and the entire contents of my apartment were lost.
I literally only had the shirt on my back left.
I had renter's insurance, but like most people, I had no idea what it would mean to have to buy EVERYTHING over again.
Things like a toothbrush, toilet paper, feminine products, shampoo, etc. It can add up--not to mention the BIG things I had like my 55" flat screen television, my grandmother's charm bracelet, my husband's XBOX 360 and almost 100 games. They were all lost.
Sure, I had originally kept the receipts for these things, but they burned up in the fire.
When we moved on to buy our first home, we learned from our mistakes.
It can take some time to do a home inventory, but it is well worth the effort--particularly in case of another disaster.
We decided to do a video catalog of everything we had. We simply went from room to room in our home and took video of all of our belongings.
For other items, we were able to take still photos of the products such as my wedding ring, as well as copies of warranties and receipts.
The photos were then scanned into our computer, saved on two flashdrives, and both flashdrives are kept in two separate locations. This way, we always have proof of purchase price, warranties, and items we own without having to worry about receipts being burned up in a fire.