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Have You Created an Inventory of Your Belongings? You Should

"In case of a fire, flood or theft, having an inventory is essential in making an insurance claim."

One of the most important things you can do to protect your belongings is to know what you have.  You probably have a homeowners or renters insurance policy that will pay to have your household items replaced if they are stolen, lost or damaged.  However, few individuals take the time to adequately prepare a listing of those items. Here are some suggestions to make the process easier:

Consider Taking a Video!

One of the easiest ways to prepare a record of your belongings is to take a video camera and just slowly walk through your home and describe each item you see.  You can also prepare a written listing.  Be sure to include items in your closets, basement and garage.  You will probably be surprised to learn just how many items you have.  You should also include items that are covered under your insurance policy but may be located outside of your home.  This could include items kept in storage or items that a child has while at college.

If you are going to prepare a video listing, describe each item including information on when you bought the item, how much it cost and maybe even where you bought it.  For appliances or electronic equipment, you should note the model number and any serial numbers.  Having that information can help justify your claim.

Written Records Work Too

Preparing a written listing may take more time and effort, but can be just as valuable.  Just write down all the information and, for special items, you may want to take photographs.

Store Your Inventory in a Safe Place

Be sure to store the record of your belongings somewhere that is safe and accessible if disaster strikes.  Keeping the record in a safe deposit box, at work or with a trusted relative can provide assurance that that the records will be available if your home is destroyed.

Update it Regularly!

Make sure to update your inventory on a regular basis.  Hopefully you will never have to use your inventory, but if disaster strikes, you will be glad you took the time to make a record of your possessions.


information presented in the MutualBank Resource Center is provided for educational purposes only. MutualBank makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, or specific suitability of any information presented. Information provided should not be relied on or interpreted as accounting, financial planning, investment, legal, or tax advice. MutualBank recommends you consult a professional for any specific guidance you are seeking.

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