For anyone involved in a property loss, navigating the insurance claim can be a difficult process. The insurance company will want an itemized list of the contents of your home that have been damaged or lost. This is where having a completed Home Inventory Spreadsheet can be a major benefit. You can find a free, downloadable Home Inventory Spreadsheet for Excel on this page. This form is simply to use and very easy to customize to you needs.
Creating the Home Inventory Spreadsheet
Creating the Home Inventory Spreadsheet is simple. Open the template in Excel and enter your information. In the top section, you will be asked to enter your name, address, and phone number. This will allow a claims agent to identify who the person is suffering the loss. Next it will ask for your insurance information. You’ll want to add your policy number as well as other information on how to contact the company. Having this information is invaluable after a loss.
Once that is completed, you can simply enter in a list of your property in the form. Starting with the room where the property is located, enter the item description, make or model information, serial number, date purchased, where purchased, price, current value, and any notes about the item. There is also a space to add a picture. The picture can either be embedded into the spreadsheet or it can be a link to a picture on a website. It’s as simple as that!
Tips for Using the Home Inventory Spreadsheet
Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your inventory spreadsheet:
- Store a completed copy offsite. Use a free cloud service or email account to keep a copy somewhere that won’t be lost or damaged.
- Divide the inventory across multiple sheets. If you have a lot of items, it might be easier to make a new sheet for each room. Simply copy the template to a new tab.
- Start now. Taking a complete inventory can be a daunting task. You can break the work up by doing a room a week and then adding new items as you purchase them. The important thing is to have a completed list so download your free Home Inventory Spreadsheet today!
Download: Home Inventory Spreadsheet
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