Home Inventory Made Easy & Giveaway! Updated: Winner!

I like to be prepared. William thinks I’m paranoid, but I like to call it prepared.  Luckily, he goes with it. One of the ways my paranoia preparation rears its list-making is disaster preparation. We live in hurricane country which means for six months of every year, we know that a giant storm could hit our area and either cause drought-busting rain or full-out demolition of homes and businesses. For the record, I’d take a hurricane over a tornado most days. We also live in an apartment complex and, for some reason, that makes me really nervous about fires. I don’t know that there are really more fires in apartment complexes, but I worry that a random neighbor is going to fall asleep with a lit cigarette and burn us all out.

Anyway…I like to be prepared. So I was excited to get an email from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) telling me about a new app they have called myHOME Scr.APP.book. This free app helps you create a home inventory in case of theft or giant storms or smoking neighbors. I loved this app you guys. It allows you to scan barcodes, take photos of the items, list the cost of the item when you purchased it, and more. When your inventory is complete, it creates a file for emailing…in case you lose your phone in a fire. The app is easy to use and has all the information you need to file a claim with your insurance.

I love knowing that if something ever happens, I won’t have to try to figure out a home inventory in the middle of chaos. As a bonus, this app is also great for figuring out if you have enough home owner’s or renter’s insurance to cover all your stuff.

Go out and download this app! And start cataloging all your stuff. Before hurricane season begins.

You can learn all kinds of interesting things on the NAIC site. Everything from life insurance to home owner’s insurance and how to reduce risk. Soon, you too can be as paranoid prepared as me!

The nice folks at NAIC have provided a $50 gift card to Best Buy for one of my readers! Leave a comment below telling me which item in your home you would inventory first and I’ll pick a winner on May 21st!

Updated: Congratulations Jennifer Kitzman! You won the gift card! I’ll contact you with more details.


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  1. Definitely my MacBook! Of course if there’s a hurricane it’s also first in the car… after the kids, of course! 🙂

  2. First on my list would be the 100+ year old piano in my living room. We may not really use it, but it has sentimental value.

  3. I think my wardrobe would be first on my list! I started an inventory of my closet a year ago, and lost interest when it got overwhelming. I have an appointment on my calendar to clean out my closet Memorial Day weekend so I will get back to it! I will def download that app to get started on my Emergency Preparedness! Thx.

  4. I think I would scan my weddings rings first and then our computer. I love my rings. My husband did a great job picking them out all by himself.

  5. Oh dear – the thought of inventorying everything in my jam packed house is overwhelming. How about if I just take a few photos of each room and punt after the disaster? I did take some photos like that last year when a hurricane was approaching. I was more worried about the trees though, and in fact, some of the photos I took of the trees in my yard and my neighbors’ were the last photos of those trees still standing.

    1. Liz~It is overwhelming! That’s one of the reasons I was so excited about this app, it helps the whole process feel a little more doable!

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