Do Your Clients Have a Home Inventory?

Be protected. Avoid nasty and costly landlord/tenant disputes involving damage or missing items with a home inventory.

A property inventory is vital for four reasons:

1) Proving theft 
If a renter (or a burglar) walks away with your hairdryer or DVD player, your housekeeper will notice.

2) Keeping track of what you have in your home
This may sound silly, but it's easy to forget (especially for owners of multiple properties) whether you have a certain coveted item (waffle iron, crockpot, The Goonies on DVD, etc.)

3) Providing an account for insurance purposes
If something were to happen to your vacation home, you'd need an account of everything in your vacation rental.

4) Easing the transition between housekeepers
If you're firing your housekeeper, it's a good idea to have a record of how many towels, sheet sets, etc. that you're supposed to have in your home to avoid mix-ups. The inventory will also help your new housekeeper more quickly familiarize herself with your home and its contents.

Once you have completed your home inventory, you will have peace of mind knowing you have taken the best measure for being prepared for a disaster, theft, or any other unpredictable emergency.

  • November 21 2011 - US
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We do our inventory with a camera, but don't rent properties where the number of sheets (0), hair dryer (0) or waffle iron (0) are of concern.    Occasionally a light bulb or two, or roll of paper are gone at transition .
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