Taking a photo of each asset can make listing assets faster and easier, but it is not even necessary to have any photos if your divisees don’t need them to know what is described by the item name. Often the photos are more so the lister can be sure they list all assets in a room and others can check to refresh their memory.
Start with camera phone, or camera, legal pad, tape measure and pen. Go room by room, take notes by room, and photo the page for that room last. Take photos of all things in each room, as you would want to receive them if chosen; pair of matching chairs, dining table AND chairs, etc.. It doesn’t have to be of each item, though that is the easiest and fastest way to list – straight onto the photo after uploaded into a room.
Photos can be helpful to have a photo associated when differentiating jewelry, collectibles, many oil paintings, etc. or when heirs may not have seen the items for a long time. (See tips of photographing items video) Otherwise, taking the time to associate a photo with each item can be more than is needed, when people already have a good understanding by the item name and which room it is in. Making the item name very descriptive and clear is important.