by Kimberley Edgar
One insurance executive has this advice for anyone looking to keep track of his or her valuables: Make a production of it.
Touring one's home with video camera in hand to document details about construction, furniture, decorations, technology and other belongings is the best way to inventory a home, said Frank Doyle, Senior Vice President, AAA Insurance Agency.
"A homeowners policy includes a lot, and you'll want to get your money's worth," Mr. Doyle said. "This is a great and simple way to document what you have in your home and avoid disagreements with adjusters over what it's worth."
Even the tiniest apartment can contain thousands of dollars worth of personal property. Insurance companies recommend you keep an inventory of your belongings.
Insurance companies often supply customers with a chart to guide them in documenting their possessions. The most effective inventories combine this detailed written list with a videotape with audio narration, photographs of valuable items, or an audiotape with photographs of valuable items.