Five years ago, a house fire caused $1 million damage to the home of a relative. The insurance company was understanding and helpful, and they wanted to settle the claim quickly. But in this case, a fast settlement quickly became an obstacle. It didn’t give my relative enough time to reconstruct a list of his assets and their value, and the pressure mounted.

Not long after this, an associate in Meaford lost many of her family’s belongings in a house fire. It took her a year of constantly hounding her insurance company with updated information in the hopes of reaching a fair settlement, while she was caught in the middle of the battle between different insurers and their interests.

Even after struggling through to a settlement, both of these folks estimated they lost at least $30,000 – the value of items they simply forgot.

I realized there had to be a solution that would spare other families the stress and pain of trying to recover the value of the property they’d lost. A qualified, reputable third-party home inventory service seemed to offer that solution.

As I explored the concept, I discovered a number of established firms offering similar services, and I was able to research and determine best practices that would give homeowners true protection beyond what their home insurance offered. Today, Barrieras Home Inventory Services offers that protection to families in the Southern Georgian Bay area, including Owen Sound, Meaford, Thornbury, Blue Mountains, Collingwood, and other local communities.

Before launching Barreiras Home Inventory Services, I worked in Cambridge, Ontario as both a licensed real estate agent and a life insurance and financial advisor for Manulife Financial.

During that period, I’d often camp with my family at Memorial Park in Meaford and take advantage of the great fishing in the area. Then, in 1998, I was offered a position with Knights of Meaford Hardwood Flooring, and I moved with my family to this beautiful town.

I still enjoy the fishing in Georgian Bay, and you’ll find me on the water in my Starcraft whenever I have a chance during the warmer months. While we don’t camp as much, I like to say I don’t need to. We live a stone’s throw from our old camping grounds at Memorial Park – I call it the “overflow camping”.

I’m a member of the Blue Mountains, Collingwood, and Meaford chambers of commerce. I also speak Portuguese, and have been involved in the Portuguese community in Southern Ontario.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and helping you out.

Vic Barreiras with 4.6 lb Walleye