Robert T. Green C.P.A. P.C.

(865) 482-4211

Insurance Read Time: 3 min

Inventorying Your Possessions

Only one in four in ten Americans have a home inventory, despite the fact that about one in ten homes were impacted by natural disasters in 2021.1,2

It’s great to have insurance against damage and loss, but if you can’t show proof of your possessions, it may result in a protracted settlement process with your insurance company.

Four Tips for Creating an Inventory

Creating an inventory may take a bit of upfront work, but it can pay future benefits in smoothing the claims settlement process with your insurer and increase the potential of receiving the maximum payment possible.

Tip #1—Make a Video of Your Possessions

A visual record of your possessions is the best proof of ownership. When videoing your home contents, make sure you are methodical and thorough in going through all your rooms and storage spaces. Speak while you are taping to describe each item, including any relevant information (e.g., “this is a signed first edition of “Moby Dick”).

Tip #2—Document the Value of Your Items

Scan or video receipts of the items in your home. Indicate the make and model where appropriate. If you have artwork or antiques, consider creating a record of any appraisal you may have received on your collectibles.

Tip #3—Secure Your Inventory

An inventory doesn’t help much if you keep it in the house and your home burns to the ground. If your video is digital (highly recommended), consider storing the file in a “cloud” account, rather than on your computer, or on a USB stick stored in a safety deposit box.

Tip #4—Keep Your Inventory Updated

Failure to regularly update your inventory may mean leaving off expensive new purchases.
Get started by asking your insurance agent if he or she has an inventory checklist, which may help you remember to include items that you might otherwise overlook.

1. Investopedia.com, May 11, 2021
2. CNBC.com, February 17, 2022

The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG, LLC, is not affiliated with the named broker-dealer, state- or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Copyright FMG Suite.

Share |
 

Related Content

Thanks Mom

Thanks Mom

It turns out Mom really did know best when she laid down essential truths to live by.

Infographic: The Whole Story of Dividends

Infographic: The Whole Story of Dividends

The whole story of dividends

Are You at Peak Financial Fitness?

Are You at Peak Financial Fitness?

Physical fitness and financial fitness are inextricably linked, says financial advisor Pamela Gilmour. Ignore your health or your wealth, and it can catch up to you.

 

Have A Question About This Topic?







Thank you! Oops!

Recognizing the Challenges of Custodial Care

The goal for most, when planning for retirement, is to ensure financial independence and never run out of money.

The Sequence of Returns

A look at how variable rates of return impact investors over time.

Financial Hacks for Millennials: Are Credit Cards A Necessar

Having an additional payment option in your wallet comes with advantages. Say you’re strapped for cash but your preteen needs a new bike, you can simply....

View all articles

Self-Employed Retirement Plans

Estimate the maximum contribution amount for a Self-Employed 401(k), SIMPLE IRA, or SEP.

Home Mortgage Deduction

Use this calculator to assess the potential benefits of a home mortgage deduction.

Assess Your Life Insurance Needs

This calculator estimates how much life insurance you would need to meet your family's needs if you were to die prematurely.

View all calculators

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

View all presentations

When Special Care Is Needed: The Special Needs Trust

A special needs trust helps care for a special needs child when you’re gone.

Estate Management 101

A will may be only one of the documents you need—and one factor to consider—when it comes to managing your estate.

The Cost of Procrastination

Procrastination can be costly. When you get a late start, it may be difficult to make up for lost time.

View all videos