Document Product Serial Numbers

So your house just burned down, bummer. So you were just robbed, that’s terrible. To make matters worse, you do not have any records of your products to give to the insurance company or the police. Keeping track of serial numbers and other product details should be a no-brainer. But it’s easy to just grab that new Blu Ray player and install it without writing down the information on the back label. Documenting information about your consumer electronics is important. It helps with taxes, warranties and product support if you ever need to look online for a manual or call tech support. Take a few minutes and go around to your precious electronics and write down as much information as you can see and remember.

Write Down All Serial Numbers

So what is the easiest way to do this? Everyone will have their own preferred method. A spreadsheet is a great way to list your possessions. You can create columns for date of purchase, store, make and model, as well as the serial number. The spreadsheet can be broken down into tabs for handheld devices, televisions, computers and miscellaneous devices. Granted, you do not need to document every thumb-drive you buy, but you should document all expensive products.

Email the Spreadsheet

Once you’re done, email the spreadsheet to your gmail or yahoo account so you always have it. If your PC is stolen or damaged in a disaster, you’ll be glad you had this document saved somewhere else. You can then access the spreadsheet whenever you need it. If you have a Google account, you can even use the Google Docs spreadsheet utility to create and save it online. You can also take digital pictures of these components and email them to yourself. The more information you have, the better.