Keep Your Garage Sale Safe
Reduce the risk of theft and injury at your next garage sale.
Garage sales are a great way to kick off spring cleaning. You’ll clear clutter from your home and get paid to have someone else haul away your old stuff! But along with rewards, garage sales also come with some risks. Keep these tips in mind to host a safe and successful sale:
- Review your homeowners or renters insurance. You could be liable if a bargain hunter is injured on your property. Contact your MetLife Auto & Home® representative to be sure you are adequately covered.
- Have helpers. Arrange for family and friends to help, and assign everyone to specific jobs. That way, you’ll have extra sets of eyes on your merchandise and money, as well as someone to oversee the sale when you step away.
- Hire a babysitter. Let someone else watch your young children and pets while you’re working.
- Restrict access to your house. Lock doors and windows, and close the curtains. Don’t allow strangers to enter to try on clothes or use the restroom. If weather and space allows, close your garage door and host the sale on your driveway or lawn.
- Organize the merchandise to deter accidents and theft. Place higher-priced items near the checkout, keep aisles clear and display hazardous wares out of children’s reach. And don’t forget about things that aren’t for sale: Cover items stored in the garage, check to make sure storage shelves are secure and look for hazards in your lawn and sidewalks that could cause injury.
- Protect your money. Keep all money in a zippered wallet attached to your belt. Periodically bring extra cash into the house—keeping just enough to make change.
- Keep shoppers’ safety in mind. Before selling an item, make sure it hasn’t made the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s list of recalls. Don’t sell children’s safety equipment, furniture or toys that are outdated or damaged.
- Control traffic. Insist that shoppers park in legal areas, and never in your driveway.