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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

What Home Inventory Apps Can I Use To Protect My Belongings?

Whether you live in a small apartment or a large home, you need to keep track of the items in your home. Your dwelling could be burgled or struck by any natural disaster. If this happens, the last thing you'll want to do is to figure out which items are missing or destroyed as well as remember where you bought them. When it comes to your assets, you need to know what you have in the event you have to make an insurance claim to recover your belongings. One of the best ways to achieve this is to use one of the many home inventory apps that can help you organize your belongings and calculate the total value of your assets. Not sure where to start? Check out these quick and easy tips to help you choose the best home inventory app for you.

Did you know the average home has over 100,000 items? You may think it's a lot but look at all of the items you have under your roof. Items like clothing, books, and, kitchen utensils take up a lot of room. Don't forget those big-ticket items like your smartphone, tablets, smart TVs, and jewelry. With all of those items in your household, it's hard to keep track of your possessions, not to mention remember where you purchased those items. Also, for many of those items, if you experience a natural disaster, or were robbed, you need to show proof you purchased those items. Luckily there are several apps that allow you to keep track of your stuff, receipts, serial numbers, and photos. Here are some of the apps that can help.

1. My Stuff App. The layout of this app is basic, but it works great. For $4 a month, you can group your items by room and you can share the app with up to six people. This makes it easy for everyone under your roof to remember to keep track of their stuff.

2. NAIC Home Inventory App. If your motivation for keeping an inventory of your valuables is for insurance purposes, it makes sense to use the National Association of Insurance Commissioners home inventory app. It's free and makes it easy to enter items into the app This free app allows you to scan product bar codes to get more details about the item as well as upload photos of your items. The app will also give you detailed information on how to prepare for disasters and how to fill out insurance claims.

3. Nest Egg. This app is only available for Apple devices and has many features including the ability to upload items in bulk, saving you from having to do them manually. You can also, scan product bar codes of your products, as well as store warranty information bout your valuables. This app even has a feature that lets you keep track of those household items you've loaned out to family and friends. Starts at $5 a month.

4. Sortly. This app is mainly a business inventory app, but you can use the home version for free to keep an inventory of up 200 items for free, or you can pay $5 a month for unlimited items. You can store photos, purchase dates, serial numbers, current value, and warranty items. It also will let you keep track of those household items you've loaned out.

I hope you can use these apps to keep track of your household items in the event a natural disaster ruins them or if they are stolen. If you need further assistance, please reach out to me with any questions you might have. I am always happy to help!

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