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Nov 20, 2013 21:13 |  #16

Mine was homeowners; I don't know about renters insurance. I know you can get a standalone insurance policy for 12-15K worth of gear for a very reasonable rate.


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Nov 21, 2013 15:12 |  #17

Good to know. I'm going to talk to my local insurance agent and see if my renter's insurance will cover the gear.




  
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Nov 29, 2013 12:49 |  #18

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Dec 01, 2013 08:11 |  #19

This thread has opened my eyes. I've been lax with my record keeping and am going to make a point of documenting all of my things. Thanks.




  
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Dec 02, 2013 02:37 |  #20

Yup. Broke into my house. Took lots of expensive lenses and my camera. $15k gone. Had crappy insurance that didnt cover any of it (though did get a huge tax right off which helped). Learned my lesson.

Stopped taking pictures for years. Never thought I'd be able to buy it back. .....but I have. And my pictures are better now too. Guess everything happens for a reason.

FYI I now use a home inventory program. Have pictures and recipes of everything all saved digitally. And of course serial numbers.


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Dec 02, 2013 08:35 |  #21

Xyclopx wrote in post #16494548 (external link)
FYI I now use a home inventory program. Have pictures and recipes of everything all saved digitally. And of course serial numbers.

We've had 2 huge fires sweep through eastern San Diego in 2003 and 2007, and I was running around taking pictures of everything and their serial #'s...

What home inventory program do you have? I'm definitely interested in that approach.


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Dec 02, 2013 10:16 |  #22

Tdragone wrote in post #16494909 (external link)
We've had 2 huge fires sweep through eastern San Diego in 2003 and 2007, and I was running around taking pictures of everything and their serial #'s...

What home inventory program do you have? I'm definitely interested in that approach.

I use Home Inventory Pro 2011. By reviews it seems that people like it the best and it has the most features. 3 huge problems with it:

1. It will not save data for Excel or as CVS. but I found a lame workaround: you can print to PDF with the full version of Acrobat, and then copy and paste with formatting into Excel, and that will get the data inputted correctly.

2. it appears to rename your pictures when it imports them to add to your records. makes it a tad harder to get the original picture out of archive. however, I believe I found a way to figure out which file is what.

3. it may not be in current development. kinda unclear to me. so, this might be the last version.

otherwise it works really well. i researched this stuff forever, and this program came up on top. very happy with it. ...........well, until windows 27 comes out and it no longer works and they won't give an update... ha ha.

btw..... I save its database to the cloud and to multiple harddrives. all this would be kinda useless if you lose the file in a house fire. also, a hint if you get it: its backups sometimes do not contain all the attachments you added. the attachments can be found in the program data (hidden) directory under root. need to back that up to the cloud too.


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Dec 02, 2013 10:18 |  #23

Thank you for the info.
(And I love windows 8.1....... I'm an early adopter ;)


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Dec 02, 2013 10:28 |  #24

Tdragone wrote in post #16495151 (external link)
Thank you for the info.
(And I love windows 8.1....... I'm an early adopter ;)

yeah.... I got win 8/8.1 too. though it appears Microsoft screwed themselves by making it so thin. it boots so fast that people probably don't need to upgrade computers anymore, probably contributing to low sales. but it works really well.

.....another great reason to use inventory programs: it makes generating a list to-be-insured so much easier. my camera inventory is > 200 items. it's insane looking at all the stupid little things you buy, and how much they add up. anyway, I give a 5 page list to my insurance company to insure. Everything I got is insured, down to little $10 items--anything associated with photography. so, if I get hit by thieves again, I don't lose my small fortune.

and lastly to deal with the thieves themselves: get security. I used adp? and they were great. cheap and react SUPER fast (like within 30s-1min I get a call). I hope the thieves who took my old stuff burn in hell for multiple eternities. I worked hard for that stuff. they have no heart.


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Dec 02, 2013 10:51 |  #25

Yes; I'm still saving up for the small items I didn't have receipts for.. like all my gnd filters and second flash I bought from craigslist.. Note to those reading this thread... DOCUMENT your gear now and email it to yourself or save it in the cloud so if your computer is also stolen... you don't lose it too!


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