This also holds true for the task of taking a home inventory. There are a variety of iPhone and Android apps available to assist you in taking an inventory of all the possessions in your home. But is creating a home inventory using a cell phone app going to create the inventory you need? Well, that depends.
Are you confident an app can properly classify the unique, high-valued items in your home?
Home inventory apps usually include pre-set categories that allow you to select a category and then type into the phone what you own and where it is located. If you own a collection of antique glass bottles, is it okay to classify them as a glass vase in the event the app doesn’t off the correct category? Unfortunately, classifying an antique bottle as a glass vase could mean a difference in value of hundreds or even thousands of dollars. If you own antiques, paintings, special wines or other specific items of value, a home inventory app may not provide you the detail or accuracy you need.
Do you have hours, or maybe even a day or two, to use your app to create your home inventory?
Recording all of your possessions, from your kitchen appliances to your shoes and belts, can be a daunting task. Are you going to take the time to use the downloaded app? Walking through your house and recording each item on your phone could take hours you might not be willing to give up.
Are you confident in the security of the app’s server?
Home inventory apps often allow the user to upload the information they enter into the app to the app’s server where it is stored in the event it is needed in the future. Storing your inventory in a secure place is essential in the event the file is lost due to fire, burglary or it is simply misplaced. But how secure are the servers where your information is to be stored? What kind of security systems do they have in place?
If you answered “no” to one or more of the answers above, you probably need more than just an app. Hiring a certified Home Inventory Professional (HIP) offers a personalized, secure service that can be completed in a few hours. What’s Under Your Roof?’s HIPs are trained to pay special attention to any and all high-valued and unique items in each home to ensure everything is properly recorded, classified, and valued. Additionally, because our HIPs specialize in home inventories, they can create your personalized home inventory after spending a few hours in your home. And in the event of a claim, providing an inventory created by a third-party may help substantiate your claim. Finally, we maintain the utmost integrity and have taken specific measures to ensure the safety of your home inventory portfolio.
However you decide to take your home inventory, don’t wait another day. You never know when you might need it!
~Mika Moris, Marketing Director, What's Under Your Roof?