Documenting an insurance claim is just one of the many good reasons for maintaining an inventory of your household goods. Should you suffer a break-in or a disaster—a flood, fire, earthquake—your insurance company won’t just take your word for it that you had a high-end home-theater system, valuable artwork, expensive tools high-end jewelry, or other pricey possessions inside your home. They’ll want proof. Home inventories also come in handy when you’re preparing for a move—or unpacking after one. Do you ever loan things to friends, family, and neighbors? Most of us do, and sometimes we lose track of that stuff and it never comes back.
We took a look at six free apps that promise to reduce the drudgery associated with this crucial task. We found that some are better than others, but each one provides a means of inventorying your valuable possessions with descriptions, prices, warranty status, and photographs. They also enable you to identify where the objects are located. All six are compatible with the iPhone (we used them on an iPhone 5c), but we note which ones are also available for the Android OS.