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hrHeadDo you keep a list of all the items in your home? You do? Really? And how about serial numbers, warranty information, purchase dates and how much that special something is worth? I recently had to create a home inventory list for the insurance company and now here is a great program that will let you track this data on your computer.

Let us take a look at Household Register 2010 which is a 6.8MB download. Once it is installed you can launch it from your start menu.

You will see a screen that looks like this:

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You will see the standard home inventory list fields in there such as item number, item name, category, quantity, location, purchase price and owner. Are you ready to add your items? Do you have a list of serial numbers?  Maybe you will need to go around and collect the information. But you will need to provide this data to this application as it is not magic. Keep your paper copy as well for a backup. And maybe save a copy of your file to your Dropbox or Gmail account.

You are now ready to begin. Hit the add button and  you will get a type of wizard to fill in your information, as you can see below. There are places to fill in all your data and several tabs to do it on. The interface is very intuitive and simple to use.

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If you hit the down arrows after certain fields you will see a List that you can choose from like this one for the item below:

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Next up is the value field asking you about how much it cost, what credit card it was purchased with and appraisal value etc.

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The model tab is where you fill in manufacturer, serial number and who you bought it from. Simple and easy so far right?

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The warranty tab shows you normal and extended warranty information such as the date, phone number for repair and cost. The more you fill in the better off you will be when the item is broken or stolen.

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There are two more tabs, one for notes and the other to insert an image of the item. Then hit OK. That will bring you back to the main inventory screen as you can see below. Hit add to continue adding items until you are complete.

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You can run reports against your items in the home inventory list and save them as PDF’s, HTML pages or just print them. Some of the included canned reports are warranty information, details, valuation, location, category and a bunch more.

I love some reporting!

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This program helped me save my data so the next time I need something – I already have it. You will thank your lucky stars that you have this when you need it. Take the hour or so to do this!

What do you use to keep your home inventory list? Do you keep serial numbers? Do you not? Do you wish you had after an incident?  Share your experiences in the comments kiddies!

Download: House Hold Register

  1. Julie
    October 30, 2009 at 12:01 am

    This type of application is an organizer's wet dream and greatly appeals to the latent pedant in me. I love to have everything organized, documented and filed where I can lay my hand on it immediately at any time of the day or night. And if you have a number of properties as I do(or rather the bank does), then it is only practical to have all this information on hand. You would not believe the difficulty you encounter when you need to get something repaired or even order a part for it and if you dont have all the details on hand it delays the process for days if not weeks. Now you know what I will be doing this weekend!

  2. Frank
    October 28, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Sounds like a nice access data base with all the fields built for you already.

  3. Bobby Wright
    October 28, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Man... nice tip, but you gotta be bloody insane, unemployed or high on crack to catalogue all your stuff like that...

    • Albert
      October 28, 2009 at 10:16 am

      I agree! An alternative that is easier, faster, but perhaps not as good, is too walk through the house with your camcorder or camera and photograph everything. If you are using a camcorder, don't go too fast. And no matter how you take inventory, always include you clothes! Many people overlook their clothes, but you would be amazed at the dollar replacement value of your clothing!

    • Karl Gechlik
      October 28, 2009 at 11:30 am

      Hmmm I am not insane, unemployed or rocking out on crack rock at least not now nor was I when I was required to do this for my insurance...

      I'm not bloody crazy am I??? ANYONE??? Can I get some assurance?

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