Moving is a stressful undertaking. Not only do you need to declutter your home, but you also have to organize your belongings in a systematic manner. In this post, Busy Buddies explains what a moving inventory is, why it’s important to create one and how best to go about it.
What’s a Moving Inventory?
A moving inventory is a list of your home’s belongings, room by room and item by item. For each item on the list, the record should include a description, current condition, make and model, cost upon acquisition and estimated value at the moment.
Why Create a Moving Inventory?
Creating a proper household inventory will take time, but it’s important, especially for seniors moving to a smaller home. Doing so allows you to take stock of everything you own, making it easier to identify items that can be donated or disposed of before you move. It also helps you organize more effectively when packing. Most importantly, a moving inventory will be enormously helpful should you need to file an insurance claim if anything is lost or damaged during the move.
How to Create a Moving Inventory
1. Make copies of all important documents
Make copies of important documents like birth certificates, marriage certificates, wills and passports. Keep the copies and originals in separate places. Take the original with you, while the copies can move along with the household items.
2. Record all your belongings
If it’s easier for you, you can do this by using a video camera or phone camera. Also, include audio that details the cost of the item and other important information. You can also get an existing list from your insurance company or on a computer program. Make sure to add the date of purchase, the cost, and even the serial numbers and other distinctive features.
4. Take pictures
Photograph your items before moving. This will be helpful if anything goes missing during the move.
5. Make copies of the list
Upon completion of your moving inventory, make a copy and give it to a friend or a relative for safekeeping.
6. Utilize the list to get an accurate moving quote and insurance
This list will help ensure you get an accurate moving quote so you aren’t caught off guard by a higher price once the move takes place.
If you’re looking for senior move managers to help with your upcoming move, turn to Busy Buddies. Call us today at (703) 682-0033 or fill out our contact form for a consultation. We serve clients in Arlington, VA.