How do I take an inventory?
This software will help you create a room-by-room inventory of your personal possessions. Having an up-to-date home inventory will help you:
- Purchase enough insurance to replace the things you own.
- Get your insurance claims settled faster.
- Substantiate losses for your income tax return.
You can always simply make a list in a notebook and save receipts and photos in a file. This software, however, should make this task fun and simple. More importantly, with the click of your mouse, you can update this list as you buy or eliminate personal possessions.
Where do I start?
If you have been setting up a household, starting a home inventory can be relatively simple. You could even attach recent wedding registries to substantiate new possessions. But, if you have been living in a house for many years, this task may seem daunting. If you set aside an afternoon and get your entire household involved, it can be an enjoyable experience. It is much easier to document your possessions before you suffer a loss from a fire, hurricane, burglary or other disaster.
Make note of expensive items, such as jewelry, furs, and collectibles. Valuable items may need separate insurance. But, don't forget more commonplace items such as toys, CD's and clothing.
Do you have a User Guide?
Yes, you can download it here.
Do I need to take pictures?
Along with the written information, consider adding photographs of your possessions, which can be done easily with a digital camera. Those with film cameras can scan print photographs or have their film developer save the images to a disk. You can always simply store your print photographs with a copy of your inventory.
How do I create a new inventory project?
When you start the program for the first time, you should click on the "new" button on the upper left hand corner of the screen. The set-up wizard will then ask you a series of questions, including the names of the rooms in your house.
I used Know Your Stuff Home Inventory, can i open my project?
Yes. Open your project in WYO Home Inventory software and you will see all your images, receipts and items right where they were in your old software. This is the only software that you can do this in.
How do I add rooms and items?
Now that you have setup your home, you can begin to add items to your home inventory room by room. First, add the rooms by clicking on "add room" button. On the left hand side of your screen you will see a list of rooms. Click on the room where you would like to add an item and then click on the "+ item" button on the left hand corner of your screen. When you make a significant purchase, add the information to your inventory while the details are fresh in your mind.
How do I add pictures and receipts?
When you add an item to the room, you will see an upload option for pictures and receipts. For photographs, you can use images taken with your digital camera. If you don't have a digital camera, you can scan print photographs into your computer or you can save the photos with a copy of your home inventory report. The same goes for receipts.
How do I print a report?
There are a number of report options available to you if you want to print a report of your home inventory. Click on the "print" button on the upper left hand corner of your screen.
Do You have a Linux version?
No, but Windows version will run under Wine in Kubuntu. In wine, set the windowsversion in the wine->configuration->applications the 'HomeInventory.exe' to 'Windows ME'.