As the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is especially true when it comes to your collection of family photos.
We take photos to capture the most significant milestones in our lives. Whether it’s your wedding day, the birth of a child or their high school graduation, pictures can take us back to a moment in time – even as memories fade.
But as much as we value and cherish our photo collections, let’s be honest: most of us do little to protect them. You may have boxes of physical photos tucked away in a closet. Or thousands of digital files stored on a hard drive. But either way, these irreplaceable heirlooms can be just a broken pipe or a dropped computer away from being lost forever.
At ERIE, we believe that memories are worth protecting – just like the homes they’re made in. So here are some tips on how you can preserve those family photos for years, and generations, to come:
Thanks to our smartphones, we take more photos now than at any point in human history. And unlike the days of film cameras, there’s no limit to the number of pictures we can capture or store. But don’t make the mistake of keeping all those photos on a single phone, memory card or hard drive.
Backing up your files is critical to the protection of your digital photos. You can do this using a physical storage device, like an external hard drive. But today there are plenty of cloud storage solutions that make backing up your images a breeze. Most of the tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon now offer low cost, or even free, cloud backup solutions for photos. But not all storage services are the same.
Here are some things to consider before uploading your pictures:
For older photos that weren’t taken on a digital camera, there’s no way to recover a lost image. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t lose your photos because of improper storage. Instead, follow these tips to ensure you can enjoy those albums for years to come:
Bonus tip: if an old picture is stuck to a page, lift a corner of the photo and gently saw back and forth with dental floss to free it. For fragile photos that still won’t come loose, consider leaving the photo glued in place and cutting the page out of the old album.
Once you’ve sifted through all your photos, find creative ways to display them for friends and family. In addition to bringing back fond memories, your pictures can add character to your home and remind others of your family history. Looking for unique ways to show off your photos? Here are some ideas to get you started:
For many, it’s a worst-case scenario: Your precious family albums are burned in a house fire. What happens then?
With ERIE, you can rest easy. After a covered loss, most homeowners insurance policies cover the cost to restore photographs, such as those damaged by smoke. For prints that were completely destroyed, your homeowners coverage usually pays to reprint a physical copy (of like size) if you have a digital backup.
Home is where love lives and memories are made. At Erie Insurance, our pledge is to protect the beams and the boards, sure, but also the other things that make your house a home.