One of the things that I’m working on this week is making/updating a home inventory for insurance and shipping info. First, I need to know what I have so I can take out the right amount of insurance for the move and second, I need to know what I’ve got in case something happens during the move. While I was fortunate that I just had very minor damage to a couple of things in my moves from Austin to DC and DC to Juarez and no major breakages or disappearances, I know that I might not be so lucky next time.
So, on the advice of a few other FS friends, I downloaded a home inventory program that also has an iPhone/iPad/iTouch app that you can use to scan barcodes, take pictures of the item, take pictures of the receipt, etc. If it can find the info from the barcode, it will autopopulate the current price, name of the item, etc. So, it makes it a lot less painful than having to look all of that stuff up yourself and enter it in and then take a bunch of pictures and then go match them to your items, etc.
I don’t think I did much of anything toward cataloguing my things before my move to DC and just took a bunch of pictures of the stuff I had in my apartment in the DC area before it all got packed to go to Mexico. So, even if I don’t get everything catalogued, I’m at least way ahead of where I was before I got here. The program also makes it easy enough to do that it doesn’t feel like a complete chore. We’ll see if I feel the same way when I start in on the upstairs! I don’t have to get it all done this week though, which means that I can work on it in bits and pieces so it doesn’t get too overwhelming.
Anyhoo, hope all’s well in the blogosphere. Hasta luego!