Licensed, bonded companies keep detailed lists of assets.
Texas floods, wildfires and other disasters have helped grow a new industry which keeps track of your home's inventory.
These private groups are licensed and bonded to take pictures and keep detailed lists of your belongings.
Jerry Hagins at the Texas Department of Insurance says the lists are essential in case of emergencies.
"Having a home inventory can really speed up the claims process if you ever have to file an insurance claim," Hagins tells KTRH News. "And it's so much easier to have that prepared ahead of time than to try to do it from memory later."
Depending on the company, the information is sometimes saved via cloud or other apps. Hagins says if it sounds too expensive, the TDI's website offers tips for doing your own inventory.
"Walk through your house with a camera, either a still camera or video camera," he says. "Just go in every room, open the closets, open the drawers, take pictures, take videos, describe what you're looking at, it makes it real easy."