Protect your Belongings: use a Home Inventory App
Updated: Jan 30, 2022
Episode 64 of the Home Space and Reason podcast is all about wildfires threatening our homes like never before. Prepare for a natural disaster or other catastrophe by creating a home inventory. Using a home inventory app can help you document and organize your belongings as well as calculate the total value of your assets. In the event that you need to make a homeowners or renters insurance claim, having a current and detailed inventory of your belongings will make the claims process much easier and faster. with your phone on a video and storing it in the cloud. No matter if a fire hits, your house floods or a break-in happens you will have a video and documentation to assist with insurance claims. Let’s go over the dedicated apps available for this if you are interested, (but you can also use a spreadsheet.) From all the reviews that I have read, Sortly seems to be the favorite. It allows you to record an impressive level of detail for each item in your home such as a serial number, purchase date, SKU number, warranty expiration date, and more. Include up to eight photos of each item to keep a visual inventory and list quantities and prices to calculate the total value of the items in your home. You can transfer and export the items to a CSV file, export to Dropbox, PDF, or Evernote.
For my Ultra Organized people out there, you will enjoy this if you're moving: With Sortly, you can even create printable QR labels and stick them to your moving boxes, and so you can scan each box to show you a list of that box's contents. Oh how that idea pleases the Obsessive Compulsive part of myself.
The 7 Best Home Inventory Apps
Sortly (iOS, Android): Best Overall
Memento Database (iOS, Android, Desktop): Most Versatile
Nest Egg (iOS): Most Features
MyStuff (iOS): Best for Organizing Collections
Magic Home Inventory (Android): Best for Multiple Properties
BluePlum Home Inventory (iOS): Best for Remote Management
Smart Inventory System by NonZeroApps (Android): Best for Tracking Quantities
This is one of those things that’s easy to put off but will help you sleep better at night knowing you are prepared for anything. You have the time, knock it out.