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41. Catalog Your House for Insurance

What should make the master list? Whatever's not nailed down, from furniture and rugs to furs, dishes, and jewelry. If you kept the receipt when you bought these items, great; jot down the value. If not, note where and when you got it.

Then photograph, or better yet, video every room, from every angle. Burn the information onto a couple of disks and send one copy for safekeeping to Aunt Becky on the other side of the country. A tip: Go to for free software that lets you create a virtual replica of your home online and then tally the value of what's in it.

Then make sure you get the right insurance by reading Homeowner's Insurance 101.
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