There’s a method to the madness…

September 13, 2012

In our last post we talked about the importance of properly documenting high value items and collections to protect your investment in case of a loss. This week we want to talk about how to confirm that you have proper documentation and a complete catalog of your collection or home’s contents.

There are many methodologies when it comes to cataloging a home or collection. It is important that the method used is customized to the needs of the insured.  Videographers can capture footage room by room in a home, an itemized inventory can be documented online and items can be digitally imaged to help authenticate pre-loss condition. 


At Enservio, we employ the Object ID methodology in our cataloguing work. Object ID is an international standard for describing cultural objects. It was developed through a collaboration of the museum community, police and customs agencies, the art trade, insurance industry, and appraisers of art and antiques. Initiated by the J. Paul Getty Trust in 1993, the standard is now promoted by museums, cultural heritage and art appraisal organizations, major law enforcement agencies (including the FBI, Scotland Yard and Interpol), and insurance companies. (You can learn more about our approach here:

The takeaway is that there are a number of approaches you can take to document and catalog your collection.   It’s important to find the right approach for your needs and to work with a service that has the contents expertise, technologies and resources to appraise your treasured valuables with pinpoint accuracy.