Don't Wait Too Long to Create a Digital Home Inventory

Don't Wait Until it's Too Late to Create a Digital Home Inventory

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A home inventory can be used to help you make coverage decisions. It also can simplify filing an insurance claim, help you secure a settlement and prove useful when verifying property loss for taxes.

Despite the importance of an inventory, many individuals don't have a detailed record of their belongings. According to the most recent survey from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (2012), 59% of consumers don't have an inventory. Of those who do, many haven't kept their records up to date or didn't include the necessary documentation.

How do I make an inventory with HomeIndex?

HomeIndex is a free online tool for documenting possessions. You can access HomeIndex through your smartphone, tablet, and computer. The program guides you through each step of the process, including:

  1. Making a list: HomeIndex helps you group belongings into logical categories or sort them by room. Use this checklist to make sure you don't leave anything off the list.
  2. Creating a thorough record: Add detail to your inventory with product descriptions, including the item's make, model, serial number, date of purchase, and purchase price. Also upload photos of the item along with a copy of the sales receipt or appraisal.
  3. Updating your inventory: HomeIndex offers whenever, wherever access to your inventory. This makes it quick and easy to add an item to your list or edit an entry.
  4. Storing it in a safe place: Print hard copies of your inventory and store in multiple locations or keep it digital. HomeIndex stores your inventory safely and securely in the cloud, and it's accessible from any mobile device or computer. You can even email the inventory directly to your agent.

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Disclosures

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.