Conducting a Home Inventory

During the process of relocating it can be easy to misplace or otherwise lose items. It can also be easy to pack more than your new place can afford to hold comfortably. This is especially true for people who are downsizing and find that they have more furniture and knick-knacks than they truly need or even want. In order to help you know what you have and what you do not it would be best to conduct a home inventory.

There are several ways in which you can conduct your home inventory including:

  • creating a spreadsheet that lists all of your major items such as large appliances, furniture, etc.
  • doing a simple walk-through of your home to gain a general idea of what you actually have
  • creating a list of what you want to take to your new home and then set aside those items away from those that you do not want

Once you have a general idea of what you have and what you wish to take, there are several ways in which to approach the items you do not want. These approaches include:

  • holding a yard/garage sale in order to both get rid of what you do not want and gain a little extra money as well
  • donating unwanted furniture to charitable places such as the Salvation Army
  • leaving behind furniture for the next owner if they tell you that they want it
  • removing the furniture to the local dump

Once you get to your new home and get settled enough to see the big picture, take another home inventory. This will let you know if you truly have everything you need for your new home. It will also let you know if anything was lost in transit so that you can contact the moving company as soon as possible to try and locate that missing item.

Organization is key in conducting a home inventory because you do not want to count something twice or not at all. However, you decide to do this part of your move, be aware of what you have and what you do not.

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Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

My husband used to be a partner in a moving company. Having accurate inventories can make a huge difference if an item appears to be lost. This is a very important article for people who are relocating.

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Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yes, taking an inventory gives every item a specific place and reminds of you of that when you're mind is blown from moving! It really does save time when it's all said and done.

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