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Home Inventory Provides Peace of Mind

As the scenes of the aftermath of Hurricane Ike remind us, we are in the most active part of hurricane season.

Although we have been relatively fortunate with respect to hurricanes and tropical storms since Hurricane Isabel struck five years ago, we need to be prepared. In addition to bad weather, there are a number of events that can damage your home or belongings. If you need to file a claim with your homeowners or flood insurance company or with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), then you should have an up-to-date inventory of the contents of your home.

Preparing a home inventory can be a daunting task. You can use pen and paper, take photographs of your possessions, or prepare a spreadsheet on your computer. There are also commercial software programs that can help you with the inventory process. One example is Quicken Home Inventory Manager. This software and others like it normally allow you to click on pre-selected choices to build your list, according to the rooms of your house. In addition to the usual rooms in the house, these areas can include laundry and utility rooms, and patio decks. This software includes categories of items such as office equipment, hobbies and crafts. You can also add your own locations and categories of items. You may also be able to drag-and drop images into your inventory list, including photographs and receipts. In addition, you can back up the information to a flash drive, or back it up online for an additional fee. You can print a copy of your inventory and store it in a safe place. Backing up your data is critical because you do not want to spend the time and effort to build the inventory only to discover that you cannot find it or access it in an emergency.

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