How To Make Your Home Inventory Video Or Photos
Today's mission (as well as tomorrow's) is to make your home inventory video or take your photos of items within your home.
This mission is designed to be done during the week that we're working on making a home inventory
, which is one of the challenges in the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges here on the site.
I encourage you, if you haven't already, to read that challenge article (linked above) to get the full picture of the steps in this challenge, because this is just one of those steps.
My approach to making a home inventory is to keep the process from being overwhelming and to make it as simple as possible, without sacrificing your ability to actually make a claim with your insurance, if necessary.
Today I want you to begin the process of making a video, or taking photos, to document the items you've got in your home that you would want to show to an insurance company, as proof that you had owned them and their condition, to get them replaced if they were stolen, or somehow destroyed.
Grab Your Smart Phone & Get Started
If you've got a smart phone this task is even simpler than it used to be, when you needed to use a camcorder or camera with film.
Decide whether you want to take video or photos (or a mixture of both), make sure you've got relatively good light and the house is relatively neat and tidy, and then begin the process.
Using your camera or video equipment go systematically, room by room, throughout your home documenting your possessions.
Make sure to open drawers, closet doors, look inside storage containers, etc. as you go room by room. That's why having everything neat and tidy before you begin is helpful!
Narrate Your Video Or Take Notes Simultaneously
If you use a video camera try to narrate as you go along, telling what the various items in each room are, and any other important facts about them such as when you purchased it, how much it cost, its condition, etc. (You'll back this information up with saved receipts and warranty information
, to the extent you have it, but showing actual condition with a video
can be important evidence in itself.)
When showing a grouping of items, such as all of your pants, or the number of DVDs you've got, or pots and pans, you don't need to give precise numbers. However, you've got to give a clear indication of the scope of the amount of items of that type you own.
That could be, for example, showing the full drawer of shorts and pants, and carefully showing the stacks, or showing a shot of all the DVDs as a group, and narrating an estimate of their numbers by counting how many are on one shelf, and multiplying that by the number of shelves, etc.
You do NOT need to give precise numbers for things that aren't big ticket items, but instead generally give a feel for approximately how many of certain things you've got.
Specific Instructions For Big Ticket Items
The things that you want to spend more time inventorying and documenting with your videos or photos are the things that cost the most money, and that the insurance company will spend more time deciding how to reimburse you for, such as appliances, electronics, etc.
This is where making sure you show serial numbers is important, by either writing them down or photographing or making a video with them. In a video you can also read the serial number out loud.
It is also important for bigger ticket items to show the condition they're in, especially for newer items. Show how clean and well kept they are, and that they work properly.
If you choose to take photos instead of videos you'll do something similar with your camera, but take even more extensive notes with your home inventory forms, since you can't narrate your thoughts out loud with photos.
You can use these home inventory forms
, available here on the site, to help you fill out this information, if you wish.
Use The Home Inventory Checklist So You Don't Forget To Document Anything
To make sure you don't forget to document anything important run through the home inventory checklist here on the site
to help jog your memory about all the rooms and types of items you should document.
Here are the available home inventory forms you can use:
Are You Ready To Make Your Home Inventory Photos Or Video Now?
I hope this quick explanation of how to make a video or photo home inventory has helped you realize how simple the task really can be.
There is a reason, though, that I have this whole challenge about making a home inventory at the end of the year -- it's much simpler to make a home inventory once you've decluttered the majority of your home.
That means if you're overwhelmed by the task, it may really be because you know you have a lot of clutter that needs to go first, before you're ready to take this task on.
That's OK! This whole site is designed to help you with this exact issue!
Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?
If today's mission has gotten you determined to get rid of excess clutter in your home, you're in the right place!
When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.
I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions
(eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars
and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!
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