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10 Photo Tips for Compiling Your Home Inventory Before Hurricane Season

by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Apr 29, 2015

InventoryPhotoTipsHurricane season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to update your home inventory. 

While you don’t need to be a photography maven when it comes to compiling your home inventory, there are a few considerations you should keep in mind when shooting your home valuables… as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up ten expert tips on how to take the perfect home inventory photo.

Photo Tip #1:

Use a digital camera with flash capabilities, a video camera, or even your smart phone. Oftentimes, natural lighting is not strong enough inside the home, and the last thing you want is a dark photo that makes it hard to depict the item included.

Photo Tip #2:

Place a notecard or post-it note with the purchase price and date of purchase next to the item being photographed.

Photo Tip #3:

Save images to a cloud storage service (e.g., DropBox) and a CD or external hard drive. Make multiple copies – one to store in your safe and the other to keep with a relative or close friend in case your copy is destroyed on accident.

Photo Tip #4:

Include a family member in the photo to validate ownership of big-ticket valuables.

Photo Tip #5:

To showcase quantity of clothing and/or accessories, photograph closets with the doors open, and dresser drawers pulled out.

Photo Tip #6:

Hold the camera at a 45-degree angle when photographing items with a shiny or reflective surface, such as jewelry, mirrors or silver dinnerware. This will help to avoid glare.

Photo Tip #7:

Use dark cloth or paper as a backdrop for items like silver, china and jewelry. 

Photo Tip #8:

It’s all in the details. Take close-up shots to capture finishes, hardware, windows, cabinets, floors and brands on appliances. 

Photo Tip #9:

Don’t forget the garage. Take photos of your garage, including power tools, and other valuables (bikes, surfboards, etc.).

Photo Tip #10:

Lighting is key. Make sure all lights are on before photographing your possessions. 

Even better, take advantage of the Florida sunshine! When taking photos of smaller items, stage them near a window to capture the natural light.