So where should you start? First of all, prepare your home to make sure it is clean, de-cluttered, and organized, including closets and drawers. The more organized your home is, the more effective your photographs will be in the event of a loss. Once your home is ready, try to portray the best features of each room in your pictures. It is important to highlight each room’s assets while not detracting from them.
Room Photography Basics:
- Turn on all lights inside your house
- Open glass doors to prevent reflection
- Open closet doors to show quantity of clothing. Make sure you capture shoes, jackets, purses, belts, etc.
- Take pictures of the insides of drawers with the contents fanned out.
- Expensive items, such as jewelry, furs, and collectibles require special care. Valuable items may need separate insurance.
- When photographing jewelry, angle the flash to avoid glare
- Use a non-glare dark cloth as a background for silver, china or jewelry
- When photographing chine, take a picture of the pattern name or manufacturer's signature along with a picture of the pattern.
- To get an overall picture, take wide-angle shots of the whole room in addition to close ups of certain items.
- If you want to take only a few pictures, either take pictures of groups of your most valuable unappraised items, or record whole rooms with your most valuable and theft-prone items prominently displayed.
Get the Details
Show the finishes, hardware, windows, cabinets, floors, as well as the name brands of the appliances. Take close-up shots of special collections and other big ticket items.
Photograph the Exterior
Don’t forget to capture the landscaping of your property, including any special features such as ponds, fountains, patios and decks. Make sure you contact your insurance agent to see what your homeowners policy covers. Certain items such as rare trees or shrubs and unusual landscaping aren’t considered personal property, but it will still be helpful to have a record of their appearance in case of a loss.
Keep Your Photos Out of Harm’s Way!
Once you’ve finished taking the photos for your home inventory, keeping them safe is equally as important. Learn more about storing your photos, important documents, medical information and more here. Or contact us and find out how our Inventory Specialists can create a complete inventory for you including photography and detailed tagging of your possessions.
Stanley, Bradford. “Tips on Home Inventory Photography.” DocuHome.com. 22 November 2010. http://docuhome.com/blog/the-common-stories/tips-on-home-inventory-photography/