Ruth-Ann E. Toups
Take Time to Take Inventory
Do you have that one closet that never seems to stay organized? No matter how often you straighten it more things seem to find their way in. Perhaps it’s your garage or all of your closets! We collect a lot of things as time goes by. Would you be able to remember what all you own if a disaster occurred? In the event of a catastrophic event you just might have to do that.
If you are looking for ways to be better prepared for a disaster you can spend some time taking inventory of your home. A great way to start is to start big. Pick your most expensive items—perhaps appliances or furniture—and start by simply writing down the pieces you have. If possible, consider taking photographs as well. As time allows, start adding new categories that may have more items. Be sure to focus on your most valuable items first. When it comes to items that are large in number, such as dishes or clothes, consider them as a unit rather than individual parts.
A simple inventory could take only a few minutes, but each season you should revisit your inventory and add more detail and formality. The result will be a wonderful tool for disaster preparedness as well as estate planning. Be sure to store your inventory with your estate planning and other important documents. If you need help putting your estate planning documents in place, give us a call today at (832) 761-5107.