1 PROJECT 11: INSURANCE INVENTORY INSTRUCTOR OVERVIEW Before a catastrophe strikes and students are faced with a loss, they should make a home inventory: lists, pictures or videos of the contents of their homes. Most people would be unable to remember all the possessions they've accumulated over the years if they were destroyed by a fire. Having an upto-date home inventory will help students get an insurance claim settled faster, verify losses for an income tax return and help them purchase the correct amount of insurance. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES In this assignment students will: List personal possessions in a household inventory log Calculate the value of their possessions Determine if they have enough insurance to cover a total loss Examine policy limits and determine if they need to add a rider CENTRAL PROBLEM OR QUESTION Do I have enough insurance to replace my possessions? ASSIGNMENT RESOURCES Students can use the handouts provided or any other insurance industry standard tool. ASSIGNMENT LENGTH One week NOTES I typically offer this as an alternative assignment for students who feel strongly about not completing one of the previous projects. Students who live with parents can catalog their bedrooms. Students will need to determine replacement values for the items on their lists. Students who live at home really like this project. They can talk with parents about what items they can take with them when they move out. They can also discuss how much items will cost if they need to buy them when they live on their own. I warn students who choose to do this project instead of others that this project tends to take a lot longer than other projects.
2 PROJECT 11 ASSESSMENT INSURANCE INVENTORY RUBRIC This project has a total value of 20 points. The student did not follow directions. (minus 2) The student completed the home inventory completely. (plus 20) The student completed most of the home inventory (3/4 or more). (plus 15) The student completed some of the home inventory (3/4 1/2). (plus 10) The student completed very little of the home inventory (1/2 or less). (plus 5) The student did not attempt. (0 points) Total 2
3 STUDENT HANDOUT 11A PROJECT 11 OVERVIEW: INSURANCE INVENTORY DO I HAVE ENOUGH INSURANCE? Before a catastrophe strikes and you're faced with a loss, make a home inventory: lists, pictures or videos of the contents of your home. After all, would you be able to remember all the possessions you've accumulated over the years if they were destroyed by a fire? Having an up-to-date home inventory will help you get your insurance claim settled faster, verify losses for your income tax return and help you purchase the correct amount of insurance. According to a 2012 survey from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC; more than half of Americans don't have a home inventory of their possessions, putting them at risk for inadequate home insurance coverage, should severe weather strike. Survey results show 59 percent of consumers have not made a list or inventory of their possessions. Of those individuals with a home inventory, 48 percent do not have receipts; 27 percent do not have photos of their property; and 28 percent do not have a back-up copy of the inventory outside the home. Additionally, 59 percent of people with inventories have not updated their inventories in more than a year, meaning new purchases and gifts may not be covered. 1 In this assignment you will: List personal possessions in a household inventory log Calculate the value of your possessions Determine if you have enough insurance to cover a total loss Examine policy limits and determine if you need to add a rider TAKING INVENTORY Start by making a list of your possessions (see Student Handout 11B), describing each item, and noting where you bought it and its make and model. Clip to your list any sales receipts, purchase contracts, and appraisals that you have. For clothing, count the items you own by category pants, coats, shoes, for example making notes about those that are especially valuable. For major appliances and electronic equipment, record their serial numbers, which are usually found on the back or bottom. 1 Information provided by 3
4 STUDENT HANDOUT 11A PROJECT 11 OVERVIEW (CONTINUED) Don't be overwhelmed! If you are just setting up a household, starting an inventory list can be relatively simple. If you've been living in the same house for many years, however, the task of creating a list can be daunting. Still, it's better to have an incomplete inventory than nothing at all. Start with recent purchases and then try to remember what you can about older possessions. Big ticket items: Valuable items like jewelry, art work, and collectibles may have increased in value since you received them. Check with your insurance agent to make sure that you have adequate insurance for these items. They may need to be insured separately. Take a picture: Besides the list, you can take pictures of rooms and important individual items. On the back of the photos note what is shown, where you bought each item, and the make or model. Don't forget things that are in closets or drawers. Create a video: Walk through your house or apartment describing the contents. Use a personal computer: Use your computer to make your inventory list. Personal finance software packages often include a homeowner s room-by-room inventory program. Storing the list, photos and tapes: Regardless of how you do it, keep your inventory, along with receipts in a safe deposit box or at a friend's or relative's home. That way, you'll have something to give your insurance representative if your home is damaged. When you make a significant purchase, add the information to your inventory while the details are fresh in your mind. CREATING YOUR INVENTORY You can list your items by category or by room. For many items like books, CDs, bed sheets, or pots and pans, you can make a general estimate of how many you have. For expensive items, note the make and model, the store where the item was purchased, and the approximate date. SAMPLE LIST: LIVING ROOM INVENTORY Item Description When/Where Purchased TV 27" Color ABC Electronics, 2005 Rug Antique Turkish 6' x Anniversary gift 8' 2001 Computer Toshiba laptop ABC Electronics, 2004 # Panasonic $400 $1000 Toshiba $500 4
5 PROJECT 11 ACTIVITY HOME INVENTORY LIST General Household Equipment & Electronics Description When/ Where Make/ Model Serial Televisions DVR/DVD Players DVDs Camcorder/Cameras CD players Stereo Equipment CDs/Tapes/Records Sewing Machine Cameras Telephones Telephone Equipment (answering machines, etc.) Washer/Dryer Air Conditioners Heaters Fans Vacuum Cleaners Exercise Equipment Humidifiers Living Room/Den Description When/Where Carpet/Rugs Sofas Cushions Coffee Tables End Tables Desks Bookcases Books 5
6 PROJECT 11 ACTIVITY: HOME INVENTORY LIST (CONTINUED) Living Room/Den (cont.) Description When/Where Clocks Entertainment Center Wall Units Piano Other Musical Instruments Mirrors Vases Fireplace Equipment Collections (Coins, Stamps, etc.) Planters Lamps/Light Fixtures Window Coverings Dining Room Description When/Where Carpet/Rugs Window Coverings Buffet Table China Cabinet China Silverware Crystal Table Linens Tea/Coffee Set Serving Table/Cart Clocks Lamps/Light Fixtures 6
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