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My Household Inventory

Instructions For Creating A Household Inventory

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With our Household Inventory chart:

  • You can complete the form on line, or download it to a Word file or print it from here.
  • The form is broken-up by room to remind you to count everything in your house, with lots of blank spaces for items we didn't include.
  • The form includes a space for you to list the specific person you want to receive particular items in the event of your demise. Be sure to let the person who is named in your Will as Personal Representative/Executor, or the person who is named in your Will as beneficiary of your personal property, that you have created this list and that you expect them to follow it. You may even mention the existence of the list in your Will. It depends on your state law whether the mention in your Will makes this list binding, or merely a statement of your wishes that you will have to rely on the good faith of the named people to carry out.
  • When you group items by room, include items in your attic, basement, garage and storage unit. Also include items that are stored in cars, boats and recreational vehicles.

Video or Snapshots: While a written inventory is great, also consider making a video or taking snapshots of your belongings in each room.

  • If you have the receipts for the items, place the receipt on top of or near the item before taking the picture or video.
  • If you are making a video, narrate it with commentary wioth as much information as you can recall about each item such as when you bought it, where the item was purchased, and the price you paid.
  • Do close-ups or zoom in to show details of artwork and other valuable items.
  • Money Magazine estimates that it takes about 29 minutes to record a 2,200 square foot home.

Store the video or photographs in a fireproof safe or off premises. If the video or photos are on the computer -- keep a back-up off premises. Keep a note with your Will that lets people know where to find the video or photos.

Receipts: Receipts do not have to be stored with the document inventory. However, they should be in an accessible, safe place. See Document Inventory and Setting Up A Home Filing System.

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