So you've heeded the advice of paranoid friends and signed up for renters insurance
to protect the expensive gear in your humble abode. Good move. But to save yourself from future headaches, you should probably take a weekend to set up a home inventory
: a detailed list (often with pictures) of all the pricey devices that litter your living space. To make the whole thing super-easy (and organize your receipts, user manuals and warranties in the process), check out this cheap app.The Mac App Store opened early this year to give Apple-heads easy access to digital copies of their favorite applications—plus some cool app newcomers. Our favorite so far? The home inventory tool Compartments
This app makes home inventories as easy as filling out a contact form. You can enter and tag dozens of items with one dialog box. Compartments gives you the chance to record nearly everything about a new product, from its purchase price to its serial number and the length of its warranty.
But our favorite feature has to be the fact that you can attach unlimited files to each item in your inventory, including pictures, videos, user manuals and receipts—with each document copied to Compartments' database for easy access later.
And if worst comes to worst and you end up needing to reference your inventory for an insurance claim, Compartments does that for you too, creating printable insurance reports from data you choose, with pictures and a total item value included.
So why wait? Head over to the Mac App Store now to get Compartments for $9.99 and get started on your inventory with our guide, The Weekend Project: Taking a Home Inventory.