On the other hand, inventory services is fundamentally photographing and describing all items in a home or business and recording them into the program for insurance purposes. Once you have this list, you present it to the insurance company and if a disaster hits, all this information is ready for reimbursement."
Daria: Are all of your clients in South Florida, or do you travel throughout the United States?
Chris: "I travel all over the USA. Just this year, I spent time with clients in Colorado and California for estate planning purposes."
Daria: I think our readers would be intrigued to know how you got into this line of work. Please share.
Chris: "For 15 years, I worked for Oprah Winfrey. Part of my job description as Oprah's personal accountant and head of household was to inventory each of her estates. As is typically the case, it was for insurance purposes and for determining the contents of each estate, so she could decide if she wanted to transfer some of the items to other properties."
Daria: Wow, that must've kept you extremely busy! What are some of the most critical things you learned from that experience? How did you transfer those lessons into your own business and what is your advice to anyone considering hiring a home inventory specialist?
Chris: "Obviously, having an inventory done is helpful after a catastrophe. When you can provide a listing of all of your inventory, you will receive at least 20% more of a reimbursement from your insurance company than you would without one. In the aftermath of a devastating event, most people will not remember every item they own, so it only makes sense to list everything.
The critical things every potential client should ask of an inventory specialist is: Are they bonded? What type of listing do they include? Are there pictures? Do the descriptions make sense? Do they have a back-up of their inventory?"
Daria: Taking inventory of someone's most cherished possessions is a highly personal task requiring a certain level of trust. How do you put your client's mind at ease?
Chris: "I am bonded and have references, which is most important. As I mentioned, I worked for Oprah Winfrey for over 15 years, and I am very proud of the fact that I have a tape of Oprah recognizing me as the most trustworthy person/employee she knows."
Daria: That is a powerful testimony! For anyone considering your services, do you offer a free consultation and/or quote?
Chris: "Absolutely! Anyone interested in contacting me can do so via my website, Henning Home Inventory Services. I look forward to meeting them and helping them decide on the right course of action, based on their unique circumstances."