Software can help claims

I sent a letter to the editor a number of years ago about some great software available on the Internet that is absolutely free.

I think it’s worth mentioning it again, particularly considering our recent brush with Hurricane Dean.

www.knowyourstuff.org is part of the www.iii.org (Insurance Information Institute) website where you can download its Home Inventory software.

It only takes a few minutes to install it and to enter your personal information (at points it asks for your US state, but it is just for your own reference and is not mandatory), and then you can start creating an inventory of your worldly goods.

It allows you to add photos of the exterior of your house, list each room separately, and then under each room, list appliances, furniture and personal items, along with photos, valuations and receipts if you have them.

Although the initial job of entering it all might be a little time-consuming, it is a quick process to update later on as you sell or gain possessions.

You can use it for your home, your office, your business…anywhere where valuable goods are stored.

In the event of a burglary or natural disaster, you can print out reports of your belongings and hand them to the appropriate officers.

Of course the key to all of this is keeping your computer backed up and/or safe. To not do so would sort of defeat the purpose!

It’s well worth taking a look at this software and giving it a try. It is very easy to use, and could save you a lot of headaches in the future.

Victoria Wheaton

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