For those who are just setting up a household, starting a home inventory can be relatively simple. But for those who have lived in a house for many years, this task may seem daunting. By setting aside an afternoon and getting the whole family involved, it can be an enjoyable experience. It is much easier to document possessions before suffering a loss from a fire, burglary or natural disaster.
Government and insurance industry officials also recommend taking photos of the outside of a home in addition to all contents, and to store these photos together with the inventory list in a safe place away from the house.
The Insurance Information Institute's Web site www.knowyourstuff.org includes videos describing the steps of a home inventory, as well as free software to assist in beginning and updating the list.
Additionally, the pdf is a simple tool provided by the LAPD Pacific Division.