Having your own home inventory has never been more important... but having the time to create one can be overwhelming. It's a good thing we've got "Alternatives" for you to choose from!
My friend, Ellen, got the evacuation call during Katrina.
She packed a small bag for two days and left the house with her husband and 15-year-old daughter, who’d tucked her baby dolls into bed, covering them with a blanket to “keep them safe”.
They never returned.
Ellen spent an entire year trying to visualize and piece together everything that was in her home, on each wall, inside each closet and each drawer. All the pictures, baby videos, jewelry, clothing, prescriptions, critical documents – every physical asset was buried in the aftermath of the hurricane.
Ellen’s family didn’t have a digital record, a physical binder or even a list of their belongings, so their insurance paid them nothing.
Unfortunately, Ellen was the poster child of someone who didn’t have a home inventory and then suffered devastating consequences.
Carol's interview with Ellen Kempner, survivor of Katrina and owner of Caps For Kids re: why she feels a home inventory is so critical for families' peace of mind
It's a pictorial catalog of every room, wall, ceiling and floor that shows the condition of what your house looks like – inside and out. It also contains photos and supporting information about important physical assets you own, in each place where those assets “reside” – including storage facilities and where loaned assets may be housed.
A survey conducted in September, 2019 revealed that 84% of respondents knew the importance of having a home inventory yet didn't have one. Lack of time was the #1 reason. Lack of know-how, #2.
"I was very impressed by Carol's professionalism and the secure and confidential approach she provided. — "
"A comprehensive, easy-to-understand course on a service that will help so many of my clients. It taught me everything I needed to know to conduct a thorough inventory and provide a high-quality end product to my clients. I’m so glad I took this course!"