SAFE IN 60

Safe in 60: Take An Inventory Before Disaster Strikes

Feb 4, 2019, 7:00 AM | Updated: 9:26 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Have you taken an inventory of all your valuables? If you are a busy working parent like me, time is precious and creating an inventory of your home likely isn’t high on your list. But if you experience a fire, burglary or other disaster, having that information will save you valuable time.

Having an inventory helps settle an insurance claim quickly.

It also helps police recover stolen items.

Your inventory should include anything of personal or monetary importance. Record the value and a detailed description of the item. And don’t forget the serial numbers.

Pawn shops are required to hold items for 30 days before selling them. During those 30 days, items are checked by serial number through the local police department to make sure they aren’t stolen. Without the serial number, valuables are very difficult to find or identify

Here’s a tip if an item doesn’t have a serial number: permanently mark it with a unique identifier, which makes it easier to prove ownership.

There are lots of ways to take an inventory:

  • Write it down.
  • Take photographs of valuables and note the important information.
  • Record a video throughout your home as you narrate the identifying information.
  • Use an inventory apps on your phone or specialized software on your computer.

Don’t forget to update your inventory every year, or when you buy something new.

While it may seem tedious, you can start small. Do one room at a time, or start with your most valuable items.

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