Have Your Household Items at your Finger Tips with a Home
Having a comprehensive home inventory of all your household
items has a number of benefits:
1. Will help you get organized:
You will easily know the whereabouts of items in the house.
You will use it as a check list when moving out.
You will easily keep track and manage all of your household
2. It can be a money management tool (when the value of
each item is indicated in the inventory) that will help you:
To quickly determine
the value of your possessions (Net
Determine how much home owner's insurance you need to cover
your household items.
Prepare an insurance claim or claim income tax losses.
Prepare a will and an estate plan.
Features of a Good Home Inventory Software
The easiest way to start and maintain an inventory of your
household items is to use a home inventory software. You will need a
software that will enable you to:
Have full description of your items with a photo
Know where each item is placed in the house.
Have details of when and where you bought the item, the
dealer, the make, manufacturer, brand name, model number,
invoice/Purchase Order number, working condition (good or faulty),
cost, serial number, quantity, beneficiary of the item (a good feature
for estate planning and preparing a will).
Have records of items sold, when sold, the persons you sold
to, and selling price (if you want a record of your previous assets
Know warrant type of your items and the expiry dates of
Have records of items that are taxable and those that are
insured, the insurers and policy number.
Know which items are on lease and the lease periods.
Create backups and produce summary reports (hard copies) of
your household items for filing or other uses such as making an
One of the home inventory software that can do all of the
above, is the HomeManage Software.
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see a clear view.
This application is very easy to use. Even though it’s
accompanied with a user manual (pdf file), I will briefly and simply
show you how to use it:
First, you will create a room
of your house or
home (Section 1 on the photo above). On the example
above, I labelled my home as ‘My Bungalow’ and proceeded to name my
rooms as Master B/R, B/R 1 (Children’s Room), B/R 2 (Extra Room), B/R 3
(Visitors Room), Kitchen, Living Room, WC (Toilet), WC2 (Shower Room)
Second, select one room at a time and
begin to list all
items that are in each room. You will upload photos of the items and
put a full description of each item on the property window. All items
in a room will appear in the Section 2. Section
3 will show all the properties of the item selected on
Third, create a back up, print hard
copies if you so wish
and you are done. Simple! Isn’t it?