No one wants to think about floods, fires, or theft, but these terrible things can and do happen. Having an up-to-date home inventory can make thousands of dollars' worth of difference when it comes to filing insurance claims after a disaster. Home Inventory Spreadsheet is a basic Excel spreadsheet that can help you make a list of your most important possessions and their worth. Although this isn't really anything you couldn't do on your own with Excel, the spreadsheet has a nice layout that makes it easy to get started.
The spreadsheet organizes your possessions by room, breaking down the huge task of creating an inventory into more manageable steps. For each item there are columns in which to list a description, purchase information, condition and estimated value, the model and serial number, and any notes. There's also a field where you can enter the file name of a photo of each item; keeping a photo inventory along with the spreadsheet will make the claims process easier. There's a space for your contact information and that of your insurance agent, and that's pretty much it. Home Inventory Spreadsheet really is just a spreadsheet, and it doesn't have a Help file or very much in the way of features. But that's what we like about it; the fact that it's just a spreadsheet makes it relatively small, highly portable, and easy to use.
We think this is a great choice for anyone who wants to create a home inventory but is wary of large software packages designed specifically for this purpose.